Looking for occupational therapy treatment ideas specifically for men? Here is a list for you!
In my treatment sessions, I strive to provide client-centered, occupation based treatments when possible, but I am going to say it - men are different than women!
They have different interests, ideas and things that are important to them and I definitely have to cater a bit to these differences.
I can honestly say that I haven't had too many men that are interested in helping decorate a therapy room for a holiday while working on dynamic balance or creating May Day baskets for their neighbors while focusing on dexterity.
That being said, I have put together a list of occupation based treatment ideas specifically geared toward men - think along the lines of working in their garage, sheds, pottering around the garden or fixing things.
As we all know, this list is not all inclusive, but as long as my patients are participating in a client-centered task, it is going to be a great session in my book!
You can use these basic activities to work on a huge variety of areas - everything from activity tolerance and balance, to executive function, a sensory diet or fine motor activities. Use your activity analysis skills to determine how the task can be modified to achieve the goals you are working on.
Occupation Based Treatment Ideas for Men
Worn Furniture: replace material, fix legs, re-stain wood, putty holes, etc
Crack out the Toolkit: any project that uses hammers, wrenches, screwdrivers, etc
Paint: anything that needs painting/re-painting - benches, birdhouses, fences, kits (ex. car, birdfeeders), etc
Gardening: get outside and plant, dig, weed, etc or use an occupation based kit with some of these supplies ready to go
Electrical Wiring (University of Utah College of Health - Division of OT): wiring kits, bring items from home or they sell simple kits at hardware stores
Car Washing (University of Utah College of Health - Division of OT): great way to get outside
Pet Care (University of Utah College of Health - Division of OT): put together an occupation based kit with everything including cat litter, dog food, watering bowls, etc
Plumbers Puzzle or Pumbers Tools: set up patterns to replicate or make designs, use teflon tape to put pieces together
Fix It: take apart and put back together flashlights, smoke detectors, remote controls, remote control cars
Small Engine: have a lawn mower that needs tinkering?, small gas motors to assemble/disassemble using a collection of tools - screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches, etc
Organize/Sort: tackle boxes, nuts and bots, etc
Build It: Use kits or scrap material/wood to create something new - birdhouses, benches, shelves, boxes, anything they need in their own living space?
Games: Wii, horseshoes, bocce ball, poker, blackjack
Creating Shopping List: working on cognition as well? Add a list building component to list out what is needed, where to get the items, who to call, etc
What ideas would you add to the list?