Gamify Occupational Therapy Sessions: Free Workshops for Disability Professionals

April 05, 2021

Free Virtual Professional Development for Disability and Therapeutic Professionals

Michigan Makers Making Change Chapter Leaders Katie Butzu and Mark Lyons are amazing at demonstrating how Makey Makey can be used for educational and therapeutic practices.

Makers Making Change Chapter leaders Mark Lyons and Katie Butzu started using the Makey Makey for fun therapeutic exercises for kids with disabilities a few year ago. Katie and Mark’s fun and engaging projects caught the attention of REMC and their local Bay Arenac ISD in Bay City Michigan.

With their project Creative Makers, they started teaching other disability professionals how to make their exercises more fun and engaging with the Makey Makey!

We are excited to share three upcoming free workshop for occupational therapists and disability professionals. 

First Workshop: April 22, 2021 4:00- 5:30 pm Central Time

DIY Big Mac and Musical Paintbrushes

In this intro session, learn how to make your own big mac switch and musical paintbrushes to help your clients improve fine motor skills, social play, and more!

Supplies needed for the DIY big mac switch: Bring some cardboard, aluminum foil, rubber bands or bubblewrap, and a Makey Makey kit.  You'll also need some scissors and glue-stick.

Supplies needed for the musical paintbrushes: Paintbrushes, paint, speaker wire, wire strippers, and a Makey Makey kit. You'll also need a sponge and water, and thick paper for the painting surface. 

 

Sign up for the DIY Big Mac Switch and Magical Paintbrushes Workshop: 

https://bit.ly/MakeyOT1

 

Second Workshop: May 20th, 2021 4:00- 5:30 pm Central Time

Hula Hoop Controller

In this exciting 2nd session, Michigan Makers Making Change Chapter Leaders Katie Butzu and Mark Lyons demonstrate how Makey Makey can be used for educational and therapeutic practices.

Bring a hula hoop, some foil, and your Makey Makey to learn how to create alongside us! Gamify your therapy sessions with Makey Makey!
Supplies Needed for the hula hoop controller: Hula hoop, speaker wire, aluminum foil tape, wire strippers, electrical tape, and a Makey Makey kit!

You won't want to miss this session!

 

Sign up for the Assistive Tech Hula Hoop Workshop: 

https://bit.ly/MakeyOT2

 

Third Workshop: June 24, 2021 4:00-5:30 pm Central Time

In this 3rd session, Michigan Makers Making Change Chapter Leaders Katie Butzu and Mark Lyons will teach you how to turn a yoga ball into a therapy ball.

Bring a yoga ball, foil, and your Makey Makey to make your own Therapy ball!

Supplies Needed for the DIY Therapy Ball: Yoga ball, aluminum foil tape, speaker wire, and for the switches: cardboard, wire strippers, Duct tape, glue stick, scissors, and a Makey Makey kit.

 

Sign up for the Third Workshop: 

https://bit.ly/MakeyOT3

 

See our previous work with Katie, Mark, and Makers Making Change

 

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