1001 Pediatric Treatment Activities: Creative Ideas for Therapy Sessions.
Article Type: Book review
Subject: Books (Book reviews)
Author: Simpson, Carl
Pub Date: 09/01/2011
Publication: Name: British Journal of Occupational Therapy Publisher: College of Occupational Therapists Ltd. Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 College of Occupational Therapists Ltd. ISSN: 0308-0226
Issue: Date: Sept, 2011 Source Volume: 74 Source Issue: 9
Topic: NamedWork: 1001 Pediatric Treatment Activities: Creative Ideas for Therapy Sessions (Nonfiction work)
Persons: Reviewee: Danto, Ayelet; Pruzansky, Michelle
Accession Number: 268480491
Full Text: 1001 PEDIATRIC TREATMENT ACTIVITIES: CREATIVE IDEAS FOR THERAPY SESSIONS. Ayelet Danto and Michelle Pruzansky. Slack Incorporated, 2011. 39.95 [pounds sterling]. 286 pp. ISBN 978-1-55642-968-2

I will keep the introduction simple: if you are an occupational therapist working in paediatrics, buy this book. I can't really be any clearer.

This 279-page reference book is made up of 24 chapters brimming with practical exercises and interventions covering a wide range of problem areas, such as sensory integration and social skills.

Each chapter starts with a brief introduction about a particular area, followed by several pages full of black and white photographs showing the varied exercises which will help achieve a particular intervention goal. Most of the photographs contain a brief explanation of how to perform the exercise, and some even suggest ways to adapt the task to fulfil similar treatment aims.

If you are looking for a textbook full of the reasoning behind paediatric occupational therapy then, unfortunately, you will be disappointed. This book lacks substantial text which would help to formulate a rationale for the interventions; however, this can also be viewed as a positive point. As the writing is kept to a minimum, it allows the author to include a wealth of detailed photographs and activities on the pages.

This is an American text and some equipment may be hard to find or expensive to purchase, although the activities are designed to be adapted to fit into any departmental budget.

In conclusion, this reference book offers therapists a wide range of strategies and activities which will help achieve any treatment goal. These can be as fun or formal as the therapist wishes, and will help keep the child engaged and excited for his or her next session. Yes, the book is expensive, but each paediatric department must own this book.

Carl Simpson, Senior Occupational Therapist, Ardeneligh Forensic CAMHS, Birmingham.
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