Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Plan an OT/PT Showcase
So here are some suggestions:
1. Have an open house night where you exhibit any adaptive equipment or assistive technology and its uses. Separate areas of the room perhaps by handwriting tools, technology tools, adaptive equipment and larger equipment. Make sure information is available for what each tool is used for.
2. Provide a demonstration of certain tools - explain why certain pencil grips are chosen, demonstrate word prediction programs, demonstrate different walkers, etc.
3. If you have a loads of equipment to showcase break it up into different nights therefore parents/teachers can come on the nights they are interested in the topic.
4. If you do not have time to host an actual showcase, how about create some poster presentations to leave by the room. This will inform teachers and parents what is available as they walk by. You could have different themes each month.
5. Love the idea of a showcase? Invite local vendors to bring wheelchairs, standing frames, orthotics, computer software, etc. Advertise it well and you would get attendees from other communities including therapists.
6. Take it one step further and make it a fund raiser. Do you need money for an adapted bicycle, iPad or handwriting program? Set up your showcase and charge a small admission fee.
Occupational and physical therapists have so much information to share that just can not occur during a 30 minute session. Start thinking outside the box to provide educational insight for all members of the special education team.