I LOVE TO CREATE AND BE CREATIVE
I'm an occupational therapist. I make adaptive equipment, therapeutic toys, and splints to help people function independently.
In order for me to function in everyday life, I need to make things. I dabble in drawing, fabric printing, felting, painting, paper crafts and mixed media art.
I read an article in Advance for OT about an OT who created a sensory wall. I had the opportunity to make a similar wall in 2006. I used different textures for each character. I used AstroTurf for grass & corrugated cardboard for the tree. Winnie the pooh was soft and Sponge Bob was made of sponges. I also incorporated dressing tasks: the stem of a flower was a zipper, the petals were snaps, and Dora’s Velcro shoes were real Velcro. Hello Kitty had a dress that you could change.
This is an adaptive shoe aid I made for a client who was unable to bend their knee. We tried a long handled shoe horn and a foot funnel, but neither worked. I used Aquaplast to make a combination of the two. I’ve used it with several of my clients since. This is a picture of a Polaroid, which explains why the quality of the photo is so bad.
I painted this lampshade using Lotta Jansdotter stencils.
This is an adaptive device I made that is used with clients who have difficulty grasping a pencil. It maintains the fingers in a pinch. It is typically used for people with muscular dystrophy.
*Disclaimer: this is not my original design
My sister bought me a book for Christmas on fabric printing by Lotta Jansdotter. We printed on this duvet cover using a large piece of plexiglass and some craft foam.
I made giant stamps for Star Wars Camp. We used them to decorate the Mass Banners, make T-shirts and decorate bags.
I did the centerpieces at Kali and Ethan’s wedding. There are tiny fishing weights inside each flower to weigh them down.
I made this for a client who was unable to bend their elbows. There was some bony limitations, but they were also lacking bicep muscles. There is a harness that fits over the trunk and rests on the shoulders, then there are two wrist splints. A piece of Theraband is attached to the shoulder and to the wrist, which allows them to extend their arm, but also stretch it back into flexion. It also allows the person to bring something to their mouth for self-feeding.