“Magic” as a therapeutic intervention is merely the incorporation of task-specific manual exercises specifically designed to achieve rehabilitation goals. These exercises are often used to improve hand and upper extremity strength, range of motion, and coordination. Such manually and cognitively demanding upper extremity tasks can also be superimposed on trunk and lower extremity activities to increase endurance in standing, static and dynamic sitting and standing balance, and trunk and lower extremity muscle control. The Magic Therapy activities are designed to build on previously mastered skills, increasing levels of flexibility, strength, and coordination.
Using magic as a therapeutic modality empowers therapists with an exciting new tool to help clients achieve function and measurable goals.
Using Magic Tricks in a Therapeutic Setting
Kevin Spencer
POSTPONED: NEW DATE TBD • Fee: $135 (inc. box lunch)
presented in conjunction with RVCC's OTA program
In the Nash Theatre on the campus of Raritan Valley Community College
118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, NJ 08876
free parking available in lots #2 & #1
This workshop is an Introductory Level course that is designed for Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants. In addition, it is appropriate for other therapy professionals including Physical, Speech, and Recreation.

CEUs will be awarded upon completion of the course.
CEUs approved by AOTA, APTA and ASHA

This program has been approved for 6 clock hours of continuing education credit by the Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  Approval does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.

The magic therapy workshop empowers the therapist with a valuable new tool to motivate their clients to become more involved in their treatment. The workshop is a “hands-on, interactive learning experience” and is grounded in the Model of Human Occupation. The applications address the entire spectrum to include developmental disabilities, mental health, physical disabilities, gerontology, and specific disease related deficits. The movements required to learn simple magic tricks help clients regain lost physical and cognitive skills while increasing motivational levels and self-esteem.
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the therapeutic benefits of magic tricks in client treatment.
  2. Distinguish which clients are appropriate for this type of treatment modality.
  3. Evaluate and identify which magic trick(s) can be most beneficial to achieve a specific client goal.
  4. Create an individualized client-centered treatment program by analyzing and assessing the movements required to perform particular magic tricks.
  5. Verify how to appropriately document this technique for insurance reimbursement.
  1. The history, research, concepts, and implementation of “magic therapy” in a clinical setting.
  2. A repertoire of simple magic tricks that can be used to address:
    • Cognition
    • Motor Skills
    • Communication
    • Social Skills
    • Creativity/Flexible Thinking
  3. Documentation and billing procedures for insurance reimbursement.
is an educator, artist, consultant, and cultural entrepreneur. He is a subject matter expert and Fulbright Specialist on arts integration for special populations for the U.S. Department of State, a research consultant for the School of Health Professions Occupational Therapy department and Institute of Arts in Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, an Approved Provider of Continuing Education for the American Occupational Therapy Association, and faculty in the department of education at Carlow University in Pittsburgh. He has earned a B.S. in Psychology, M.Ed. in Arts Integration, and is a PhD candidate in special education.
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