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Magic and Occupational Therapy

HEALING OF MAGIC provides the therapist with a new treatment technique to help motivate their clients to become more involved in their treatment.

“Using magic as a therapeutic modality empowers therapists with an exciting new tool to help clients achieve function and measurable goals.”
* Debbie M. Fisher, MS OTR/L CHT

The applications of “magic therapy” address the entire spectrum to include developmental disabilities, mental health, physical disabilities, gerontology, and specific disease related deficits. For many years, magic therapy as successfully been used in acute care, rehab, outpatient hand therapy and pediatrics.

The movements required to learn simple magic tricks help clients regain lost physical skills while increasing motivational levels and self esteem. One of the biggest challenges therapists face is keeping the client motivated and engaged in the process.  Occupational therapy uses a variety of activities to help clients achieve competency in the every day things one must do.

The simple things – zipping a zipper or buttoning a shirt – are not very motivating. While these tasks are essential, they are not much fun or interesting. Clients can quickly lose interest in these types of activities.  This can translate into less than satisfactory results.

Learning magic tricks, on the other hand, can be both engage and continually motivate the client with each new trick. And because all the tricks in the HEALING OF MAGIC program are designed to improve physical, psychological, perceptual, or social functions, the client’s rehabilitative progress is more quickly achieved than in some traditional methods. Each new trick builds on the skills of the last and, once mastered, clients can share this newly found ability with family and friends.

As a result, clients spend much more time voluntarily on acquiring complex and sequential series of motor skills that they might otherwise simply tolerate. They continue to practice the moves required to do the magic routines; and with each repetitive movement, the skill is mastered translating into better results more quickly.

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