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Award-Winning Occupational Therapy Website Provides Easy Access to Activity Plans for Children

OTPlan logo imageIrvine, CA, September 07, 2010 –(– The Internet now offers a new solution for parents and caregivers who want to help children develop motor skill acuity. The newly designed is an innovative search engine that provides occupational therapists, parents and educators with simple and creative occupational therapy activities designed to help children master daily tasks. The site allows users to match the skills they want to practice with ordinary household materials to develop a detailed treatment plan. received a 2008 Maddak Innovative Product Award from Maddak, Inc., a New Jersey-based manufacturer of home healthcare and rehabilitation products. The award was announced on April 11, 2008 in Long Beach, Calif., at the American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) annual conference.

“ is unique because it allows the user to decide how to design a treatment plan,” said OTPlan creator Avital Shuster, MA, OTR/L. “Parents typically do not follow through with complicated home treatment programs that require them to purchase additional material. By offering a wide range of simple activities using common materials like cotton balls, kitchen tongs and clothes pins, lets users search for specific activities that strengthen particular skills, increasing the likelihood that the program will be completed.”

A licensed and registered occupational therapist with the Irvine Unified School District, Shuster created the site while she was designing home therapy programs for children as part of her graduate work at the University of Southern California.

The website also serves as an interactive portal that encourages collaboration between therapists, educators and parents. Users can rank activities according to usefulness and share their thoughts on, and experiences with, particular activities and plans. Each activity posted on the website is reviewed by registered and licensed occupational therapists.

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