The Art of Purposeful Activity for These Turbulent Times

The Art of Purposeful Activity for These Turbulent Times – Health, Kids


As a veteran Occupational Therapist (OT), I was classically educated to use arts and crafts as therapeutic modalities for healing. Woodworking, ceramics, leatherwork, copper tooling, tile mosaics, needlework, and weaving had been all incorporated in therapy sessions, specially for these with impaired cognitive and mental wellness function. Projective assessments like the Azima Battery and the Allen Cognitive Levels had been made to show how engaging in a manual process could reveal information on a patient’s capability to organize, dilemma resolve, and create efficient coping techniques which would hopefully then extend outdoors of the therapy session into true life. As our globe expanded into technologies with intelligent phones, tablets, and social media, I feel the art of manual purposeful activity was possibly finding lost…until now.

According to the American Psychiatric Association, current statistics indicate that almost half of all Americans have some level of anxiousness concerning COVID-19. Uncertainly with the fluid recommendations in lots of states for back-to-college plans, along with feasible schedule adjustments, spending budget restrictions, and plan cuts may possibly compound the pressure and anxiousness for students and educators alike.  

Finding efficient techniques to cope with the turbulent instances is important to results. Certainly, mindfulness practices, physical exercise, quiet time, common routines, and other go-to strategies are suggested, but ideal practice may possibly also consist of engaging in an art or craft activity. Here are some spending budget-friendly and inclusive tips that are made to engage and market a sense of results and satisfaction.

Journals are a fantastic solution, specially for teens as an outlet for creativity and self-expression. Doodling is an additional uncomplicated selection and research supports that it may possibly have positive aspects for auditory memory as effectively.  Coloring books are nevertheless a mainstay in early childhood but have observed a resurgence the final handful of years to consist of adults as effectively. The Bic Intensity Calming Series is a excellent selection.

Scratch art is a spending budget-friendly and structured activity with easy directions that yield rapid results. It’s good for younger students and/or these with unique requires.

Gyotaku is an ancient Japanese method of printing fish that has morphed into a well known art type. These Sax brand products supply a variety of solutions to match a number of sizes or talent levels.

Need an uncomplicated or transportable solution for ceramics? Crayola Model Magic is versatile and cost-effective to engage the sculptor in any kid! And as a rapid OT tip, this clay can be employed to make an adapted grip as effectively! Simply location a handful of clay about the utensil (pencil, marker, spoon, and so on.) then have the kid gently squeeze the clay to type an impression. Once the clay dries, it becomes a custom adapted grip.

From an Occupational Therapy viewpoint, weaving has a number of positive aspects like enhancing upper extremity and fine motor capabilities though assisting to make concentration, perform speed, and patience. From smaller hand-held to table and floor mounts there are options for all talent levels. 

Einstein is quoted as saying “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” As educators and therapists, we know that it is additional vital than ever to engage in the art of purposeful activity. 

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Cecilia Cruse

Cecilia Cruse, MS, OTR/L has a BS degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Florida, and her Master’s degree in Education from Georgia State University. She is SIPT certified and has more than 25 years’ practical experience in pediatrics with college-primarily based solutions, acute care, and outpatient pediatric settings.
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