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WACS celebrates National Occupational Therapy Awareness

May 14, 2015
Westfield Republican

Dear Editor,

April was National Occupational Therapy (OT) Awareness month. The Westfield Academy and Central Schools' OT department had a very busy time educating staff and students about the profession of Occupational Therapy.

The month began with invitations to the elementary teachers to take their classes to visit the OT room at the school. Eight classrooms and a preschool class participated in the visits, during which students had the opportunity to try a variety of therapy activities from swinging to using theraputty to practicing writing with jiggly pens to scooter rides to shaving cream drawing, etc. All the students and teachers involved appeared to have a terrific time.

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Westfield Academy and Central Schools’ OT department had a very busy time educating staff and students about the profession of Occupational Therapy.

The next activity offered was a "Trivia Crack" competition for the staff. Each week, a series of questions related to OT was provided for the staff members who had finished the previous week's questions. The questions corresponded with the 6 general topics in the "Trivia Crack" game: geography, sports, art, science, history, and entertainment. Cindy Keefe took the grand prize (a gift certificate to Parkview Cafe), Lori Young, Heather Claypoole, Matt Eggleston, and Cathy Oakes won the other top spots with prizes from the Main Street Salon, Jack's, movie tickets, and homemade cake certificates.

The last week of April, the middle and high school staff attended an informational session about OT during a staff meeting, and an Open House was held for elementary school staff.

Finally, the middle and high school students were challenged to 2 competitions: one to complete an Occupational Therapy word find, and one to design an OT T-shirt. Nolan Paxton, Dylan Strain, Kayla Nichols, Dominic Fox, and Jani Barney were the winners of those two competitions.

Occupational Therapy is an exciting career and the therapists at WACS (Karin Cockram, Sheila Saxton, and Samantha Gilmore) were grateful for the enthusiasm of all who participated in the activities.

Karin Cockram



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