Earlier this fall, the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) students at Lewis and Clark Community College (L&C), split up into three different teams to come up with a creative way to promote OT at the fall fest!
The idea was to have a catchy theme with three different activities to show other students what occupational therapy was all about.
1. Team OT!
This group had a game night theme. There was an obstacle course that included taking off a shirt with gloves to stimulate decreased sensitivity and wearing glasses with blurred vision to stimulate a vision impairment.
The second activity was a Yardzee game. The person would roll the dice and depending on what number was chosen, the person would do a certain task with a disability. The third activity was a “The Price Is Right” game. The individual had to guess what the adaptive equipment was and how much it cost.
2. The Great OuTdoors!
This team’s theme was about how occupational therapy can help people with an illness or injury still be active and engaged in the outdoors.
The first activity was a timed game to see how many sticks could be picked up with a reacher. This represented older adults who are not able to bend over and pick items up as easily anymore.
The second activity was a sleep-bag race which represented the community who is not able to walk typically. The third activity was a timed one-handed fishing game which represented the community that has use of only one upper extremity.
3. Fall into OT!
The first activity included using a reacher to grab an apple out of a bowl of water. This represented someone who could not bend over to bob an apple with their mouth.
The second activity included using the individual’s non-dominant hand to button the scarecrow’s shirt. This stimulated how a person with only one arm feels when dressing.
The third activity was to rake leaves using the individual’s non-dominant hand into the hula hoop. This showed the students how a person feels who can only use one hand when doing yard work.
After presenting the team’s ideas and taking a vote, the winners were….
The Great OuTdoors!!!