Therapeutic Benefits Of Occupational Therapy

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All things that are made have a purpose and can be used in daily life. Crafts have been a huge aspect of society all throughout history. Many people use common materials to make useful items such as blankets, pots, clothing, and more. There is a form of craft called handicrafts which are smaller scale projects that can be completed with just hands or small tools. Partaking in handicrafts is not a waste of time because of all the benefits that come along with it, such as therapeutic aid, a better financial situation, a feeling of self-accomplishment, and expanding the creative side of the mind. Through handicrafts, people experience therapeutic benefits. One woman named Mary Black was an occupational therapist in the 1900s who used crafts to…show more content…
One example of this is where Black oversaw “war veterans making arts and crafts objects as part of the institution’s rehabilitation program for injured soldiers” (Morton 2). Black was seen as an arts and crafts revivalist in Nova Scotia. She used these ideas of therapeutic crafts to help people who found themselves in need of the occupational therapy program. This included children, the mentally challenged, physically challenged, veterans, and even people who were in poverty and needed guidance in how to survive during the wartime. This illustrates how crafts benefited all of these people. It helped in many medical ways. Crafts took up these people’s time, but the benefits they received were far more important than the time lost. Julie Bissell wrote about the use of crafts in occupational therapy, and she mentioned that “the use of crafts has been a central concept in occupational therapy since the founding of the profession” (2). She continues to claim that the start of crafts being used entailed any “tangible objects produced from recourse materials such as clay, yarn, leather, or wood” (Bissell 3). Since the start…show more content…
An expert in the field of knitting named Chloe Keicher in an interview said that “[she] believes that knitting and other crafts help people to grow in the right side of their brain. Especially if they are naturally analytic [she] thinks that crafts will help them gain a better balance between creativity and logic, and [she] says that people with a better balance in this area work better with others than people that tend to be unbalanced in their thought process.” What Chloe is saying is that crafts help broaden the spectrum of the mind. People will gain creativity and possibly gain a balance in the way their mind works if they do handicrafts. Chloe also makes a point in that people who have a healthy balance of logic and creativity tend to work well with a larger variety of people than people who favor one side of the brain. Paul Collard & Janet Looney did research about creativities benefits in the classroom. In one case, there were a group of elementary schoolboys who were having trouble paying attention. As a result of this, the teacher took a creativity building approach to get them to listen to the teacher. The students were instructed to “create their own superheroes, not based on the comic books, but derived from their own imagination” out of clay (Collard 5). They did this and then proceeded to teach the boys about sculpture and art. The boys then went on a field trip to a modern art gallery and see
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