Saturday, December 18, 2010

Innovative Activity #9

This may not count as an innovative activity but I believe it is because it provides insight for those with schizophrenia on how to deal with their anger.  In years past, I think this was a problem because there wasn't as much information available for anyone with a disability and how to live with their diagnosis.  This website gives examples of different activities such as exercise, keeping busy, and having a goal.  I think this is very innovative because there has been a lot of research in different disabilities and many helpful activities have been presented.

Innovative Activity #8

ADHD is a diagnosis that many people feel doesn't need to be treated with recreational therapy.  Many people simply go with the pharamacial approach.  I found a website that provides educational interventions and other behavioral treatments for children or adults with ADHD.  They describe different sensory games as well as different movement therapies.  I think this is really important because with this diagnosis the children are usually extremely hyper and sometimes just need to run around or get consumed in something just as different kinds of sensory games.

Innovative Activity #7

I came across a website that give different ideas for parents of autistic children.  It provides many beneficial games to play with autistic children at all different difficulty levels.  Also provides are helpful hints on how to teach language, conversation and words.  Some examples include using pictures to describe what you are trying to get across, also using one word phrases which will be easier to understand for children who are developing more slowly than others.  I think this website is awesome and very innovative because it allows parents to be interactive with their children whereas previously they might not have known how to interact with them.

Innovative Activity #6

I found an awesome website that can be very beneficial for amputees.  It gives many examples of amputees who participate in different sports as well as many different resources for prosthetics.  The website includes different sports such as basketball, volleyball, and also more extreme sports like windsurfing and mountain climbing.  It provides different associations that are specifically for amputees.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Innovative Activity #5

There are so many different things that we can make we duct tape!  I found a website that has over 65 articles all explaining different things to make.  Some that really stood out to me were a backpack, wallet, ipod cover, and shower curtain.  Now that I have been introduced to the colored duct tape I can definitely see how all of these would be something awesome to make.  I believe this website could be useful to any population of any age.  There are many things listed with directions to make, many appropriate for children while other are more appropriate for adults. 

Innovative Activity #4

Wheelchair skydiving is something that I never actually thought about being possible before receiving an email about it.  But quiet honestly in this day and age, people in wheelchairs are beginning to have equal recreational opportunities.  I found a short article written by a quadriplegic who also thought that skydiving would never be an option for him.  He explained the thrill of discovering the fact he could actually participate in this extreme sport.  He explained the whole process and the thrill of going tandem!  This is something that I believe not many people know about but it would be an excellent way for a thrill seeker to participate in this extreme sport.

Innovative Activity #3

I found a really important informational website about wheelchair exercises.  I believe working out is essential to maintain a healthy life and people in wheelchairs should be able to work out easily also.  The website gives different exercises that would be beneficial to the individual and also gives them helpful hints as to different exercises using their wheelchair as a resource.  For example, if an individual wants to use a resistance band, they can wrap the band behind their chair, put in under the arm rest, or even put it behind their legs.  All the different locations provides a different resistance and require the use of different muscles.  This website is very beneficial for anyone who is in a wheelchair and would like to begin or continue a work out routine. 

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Innovative Activity #2

I found a really interesting website promoting wheelchair water skiing.  The Patricia Neal Innovative Recreation water skiing program provides individuals in wheelchairs the opportunity to participate in this thrilling water sport.  The individual is first transferred from their own wheelchair into the water chair.  The chair in made out of metal but it has buoyant rubber wheels.  The individual then goes down the ramp and the chair always floats, so they really don't have to worry about sinking or "getting up".  Depending on the individuals comfort level, the boat may travel at a desired speed.  This sounds absolutely amazing and something that I would love participating in sometime in the near future. 

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Innovative Activity #1

Recently I found out about "Miracle League Field" at the YMCA in Onalaska.  I can't believe I have never heard of this awesome program before this year.  Miracle League Field is a baseball field which is a cushioned synthetic turf and it eliminates barriers for wheelchair or walked users.  Their goal is to teach the children the fundamentals in baseball including catching, throwing, hitting, base running and fielding.  The program provides a way for children ages 4-18 a way to participate in baseball games along with just being an active member of the community.  They focus on assisting players with the development of their social skills, physical activity and self-confidence.  Since the field was created over 2,000 people have participated in the Miracle League from La Crosse and the surrounding areas.  I truly believe this is an awesome programs and it can really help children with disabilities receive opportunities for different leagues that they would have never gotten if it wasn't for the Miracle League Field. 

Long Activities

The long activities were one of my favorite things we have done all semester.  It is really fun to see peoples different ideas about what other people may enjoy.  The food art was really interesting because I have never participated in anything that was like that.  It was cool how they incorporated emotions into it too, which allowed many different interpretations of that emotion.  It was exciting to see how others sculpted or formed their fruits and vegetables into different thing and then how they explained why they did it that certain way.  This activity would be really good for pretty much any age, especially with people who may have troubles expressing there emotions regularly.  The telephone charades was also extremely fun and it provided a way for us to have fun with each other and let go of some stresses.  I also think this would be appropriate for any ages but obviously the scenes would have to be age appropriate.  Making the hula hoops was a really fun and creative thing to do.  Most people like to hula hoop but making our own hoops really added to the fun of the activity.  This would be great for kids and it is also a form of exercise! That's a double bonus!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Pet Therapy

When I walked into class last week Thursday I was a little nervous about what exactly we were going to be doing.  I had heard of pet therapy used as a type of recreational therapy before but I never had anyone give a presentation about it.  I had no idea it was such a huge thing, especially in La Crosse.  It amazes me how dogs can handle going into different situation at different locations and behave excellently and not cause problems.  I am somewhat afraid of dogs, especially German Shepards, boxers, rottweilers etc.  I was so surprised to see the diversity of dogs that were in the programs!  I can tell how much it means to our presenters that they are able to participate in a program like this, especially when they were trying to tell a story and they had to stop because they were starting to tear up.  I think this is an excellent program if the client likes dogs and feels comfortable around them and if the dog is well trained, which I believe most of them are.  I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the presentation.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Goal Ball

I really enjoyed playing goal ball.  As a leader, I really wish more people would have participated in it because it was very fun and it is great adapted game for people who are blind.  I think this is a great sport for people with visual impairments who are still looking to compete in active games.  We weren't able to use an actual regulation size court, and I'm sure we would have struggled more with that since the court would have been wider.  The class members who did participate in the game really enjoyed it and it was interesting to have our own little debriefing session after.  We discussed the preparation time, including research as well as setting up the court, possible reasons why people didn't participate, and benefits of playing the game.  I'm really happy that we were able to show this awesome adapted game and have people see the benefits of playing it!

Thursday, November 4, 2010


The outing to horse sense was very informative.  I had previously heard of horse sense, but I was never actually there to experience it.  Although the lady mostly talked, she did give some very useful information.  I think that using horses as a method of therapy for individuals with disabilities it a great form of rehabilitation.  It would have been cool to actually see a horse and have the horse walk through some of the routines they do with the clients, but we missed the actual season by one day.  I think she might have went into too much detail about some things because it got a little boring at the end, but overall I thought the experience was very informative. 

I found a therapeutic riding program very similar to horse sense in San Diego County, California.  The program's mission is to provide physical and emotional therapy to a wide range of disabled children and adults through the use of carefully supervised horseback riding.  Their clients range in age from 2-83, and have all type of disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, and developmental delays.  They have many different events throughout the year to raise money for their program and strongly rely on volunteer help to keep their program running.

REINS (Riding Emphasizing Individual Needs and Strengths)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

10/7 - Hand Art

I really enjoyed last weeks class where we painted our hands.  It was fun to come up with an idea as a group and then see our ideas come to life.  This would be an awesome activity to do with people of different populations.  As a young child with some form of autism, the feeling of the paint on their hands would be a good stimulus for them as well as the different types of brushes.  This could also be used with people of an older population who maybe used to enjoy painting or still do enjoy it.  They don't necessarily have to paint their own hands, the facilitator could help in painting or simply do all of it.  Some things to consider would definitely be the fact that maybe some people wouldn't want their entire hands painted or maybe the dried paint would feel somewhat uncomfortable to them.  Coming from personal experience, the feeling of the paint going on my hand was much more fulfilling than the feeling of having the dried paint on my hands.  Overall, I really enjoyed this activity and I think it can be used with almost every population using different techniques for each.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

9/30 - Tape Art

Last week we tried a whole new thing for me in class.  We watched a couple videos relating to the "art" of making things using simply clear tape.  At first I was pretty sceptical about doing this, and our group had a hard time getting our ideas to transform into reality.  This wasn't my favorite thing I've ever done, but it definitely was something new and interesting to keep in mind.  I think it would be hard for different populations to use this activity, but obviously it could be done with some adaptations!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Class 9-23

I really enjoyed last weeks class. It was fun to see the different activities each group came up with and how they dealt with different issues that came up.  Since the weather wasn't cooperating, my group had a few problems with our activities we had planned out.  We sort of had to improvise by moving to a larger area but that still didn't seem to solve our problems.  The space we used was still way to small for the activity we had planned, but we came up with another activity to fill in the extra time.  Other groups faced some issues with their activities as well.  A couple groups had to come up with new ideas on the spot because other groups had previously used their activity they were going to use.  Even though there were different issues that were presented during our class, I thought it was awesome to see how each group faced the problems and got through them together.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Class 9-16

Today's class mostly dealt with us learning about different methods of teaching or facilitating.  We really went over some interesting topics like the process of facilitation.  This was a a lot like the APIE model we had used in other classes when discussing this topic.  We also went through different teaching strategies, which I think will help us out a lot in tonight's class when we have to lead a short activity.  We ended class talking about Rhoda.  It was interesting what different groups came up with for the activity we had to do and it also helped other members of the class to hear some different ideas that they may have never heard of before.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

First day of class

The first day of class was a nice introduction to the innovations course.  Probably the most meaningful exercise we did, in my opinion, was picking two random objects from the bucket then coming up with a activity that could be used.  It was a very creative way of getting the point across that no matter what kind of situation you are in, no matter was supplies you have, you can always think of something fun and exciting to have people participate in.  In our profession we always have to be on our toes and be able to think on the spot if something doesn't go exactly the way it was originally planned out, and this activity definitely helped us realized just that.