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Making and Writing Cards (Or Valentines, or Letters…)

Making and Writing Cards (Or Valentines, or Letters…)

Making and writing cards has become one of my favorite occupation-based activities to do with clients during the pandemic.

Just this week, I had a client tell me that he’s not talking to his family much anymore, because he is having trouble hearing them on the phone. Since Valentines Day is coming up, he asked me to help him create and send a card to his wife. With a little bit of colored paper, some old magazines, markers, scissors, and glue, we were able to create a masterpiece!

If you have clients who are looking for ways to connect with their family and friends, making and writing cards can be a great occupation-based activity to do with them that can also help develop executive functioning and communication skills.

Objective

Develop executive functioning and communication skills

Players

Great for 1:1 treatment – Great for concurrent or group treatment

Time Frame

10-60 minutes

Materials Required

  • Cardstock in a variety of colors
  • Standard weight colored or patterned paper
  • Stickers, stamps and ink pads, and other decorations
  • Tape or glue
  • Scissors
  • Paper cutter (optional)
  • Pens, pencils, paints, or markers
  • Envelopes and stamps
  • Examples of cards that can be made with the available supplies

Preparation

  • Create examples of cards that can be made with the available supplies
  • Prepare an area where supplies can be set out and cards can be made

Steps

  1. Direct the client to select a piece of cardstock, cut the paper in half, and fold that paper in half.
  2. Ask the client to decorate the outside of the card with available decorative supplies using scissors and tape.
  3.  Encourage the client to identify for whom they can write a card. Once identified, ask the client to write the recipient a message inside.
  4. Assist the client to deliver the card to the recipient or address and stamp and envelope so that the client can mail the card.

Special Notes

Clients who have strength or coordination deficits in their hands may have difficulty cutting or folding paper, especially for more complex designs.

Encourage clients to identify someone for whom they can create a meaningful card. If clients need help identifying someone, they can make a thank you card for one of their caregivers. They could also create a card for a get well card for another client or a card of encouragement for someone they know who is having a hard time.

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