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Son creates therapy system for Parkinson’s and other diseases inspired by his father

Shared by Ana Duarte on 2015-10-23 18:07

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The system is an activity tray that holds various modules of activities from magnetic puzzles to peg games to gardening trays to tasting boards. According to Silknitter, it has been compared to a Wii for older adults with a console (the activity tray) and games (the activity boards).

Silknitter’s father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1988, and then with Dementia. Scott never knew that his disease would be the springboard for a new play therapy system aimed at helping those with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, dementia and developmental disabilities.

“Dad would just sit there,” said Silknitter. “The in-home health provider commented to me that she wished that Dad had something to do instead of watch TV all day.”
After a search of the Internet that turned up nothing age appropriate for his father to do, Silknitter built a series of activity items.

“Mom called asking for more. When I spoke to some in-home health providers to get some ideas, they were blown away. They said, ‘Scott, we need this for our clients.’”
After quitting his job and working for more than a year, R.O.S. Therapy Systems (named after Scott’s father) released the activity tray and a series of activity boards.

“What we didn’t realize before we started using it, was how many people could benefit from the different applications of the board,” said Gwen Flowers, Assistant
Program Director for Adult Center for Enrichment. “We had people, who had been locked inside socially, respond and react to other people and play a game – when they haven’t been able to talk to someone, they are playing a game with someone.”
As interest in the system increases, Silknitter says that more activity boards are on the way.

Adapted from: http://bit.ly/2uG5k2O

More info: www.ROSTherapySystems.com

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The R.O.S. Therapy Systems is a play therapy system for adults developed by Scott Silknitter, in 2010, born in 1970, in USA, who wanted to help his father, Roger Owen Silknitter to cope with Parkinson’s disease.

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