Monday, 26 September 2011


According to Hagedorn (2000) affordances is “anything which the environment can offer the individual which is pertinent to the role challenge and can facilitate role competence”. This statement gives us an opportunity to explore the links that tie occupations together. Below I have set out three sections that were covered in class to examine affordances more closely.
Paper craft can be done alone or with others in a group session. There is no winner or loser in this activity.  The communication between instructor /student can be helpful while you are in a group setting as advice can be given as to how to approach a certain technique. Shared ideas can also be gained from other group members. Paper craft can be viewed in a gift giving capacity where the end product is gifted to someone to express a caring attitude, emotions and respect.
Connections or action properties are an indication of to do next in an activity. It guides us to enable completion of the task at hand (Butler, 2011).  I have found a poem called ‘Paper sniffer’ that I really enjoy and that might help you to understand connections a little bit better…..
I love the smell of paper
Its music to my nose
I sniff it at the store
And say, “I’ll take one of those!”
Some papers have a musty smell
While others smell like glue
Some papers have just one aroma
While others there are two
Some papers smell like flowers
With a fragrance that is sweet
While some smell like candy canes –
A pepperminty treat
If you’ve never noticed
Let me give you this advice –
Become a paper sniffer
Because paper smell really nice!
I have one question
To ask of you –
When you see paper
What do you do?
Do you hold it
And study the design
Or is your nose for paper
As sensitive as mine?
(Smith, 2005)
Burden – pleasure of activity, sacrificing homework
Joy – time spent with friends if done in group, completion of task, something for me, something for someone special
Good – learning a new technique, creating something, working with your hands, 
Bad – can be time wasting, expensive, decisions choosing type of paper, many uncompleted pieces.

Butler, M. (2011). Participation in Occupation II. Unpublished, cited with the permission of the author. Otago Polytechnic School of Occupational Therapy, Dunedin.

Hagedorn, R. (2000). Tools for practice in occupational therapy A structured approach to core skills and processes. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone.
Smith, T. (2005). A taste of paste: Paper sniffer. Mayfield: Bluegrass publishing


  1. Katie, what an experience you have given me with paper. I too love paper, the vast textures and thicknesses ie:xmas paper, crepe paper.Perhaps this could have been used within connection and communication. Not sure about the paper sniffing! I guess a 'roll your own' cigarette smoker may have an inclination to this.

  2. Katy, I love the inclusion of poem in your blog. It does help reader to dig a deeper meaning of what craft implies to anyone. Poetry is indeed the best way to convey the unseen and unspoken message you wish to establish connection with - words linger straight through the emotion. How can you improve your blog? perhaps, you may change the font and color of the poem to make it more interesting to read and include some pictures too ;)