On the 9th day of erasmus, I am feeling quite settled. We seem to having more and more housemates all the day, I have 3 now. One from Germany, one from Spain and one from Japan. It is good to meet a range of people from different cultures. It will interested to see who else arrives as there are another 4 bedrooms to fill.
Whilst on placement today, we were able to meet some of the children that we will be working with. At first we played with all the pre-school children and completed a variety of games, some children were very engaged, some were very upset that there parents had gone, some children could not/did not want to engage in play with others and spent lots of time looking around the room, walking at a slow pace. It was challenging as each child had a very different need and different response to others. However, it was useful to see how they engage and this will be helpful once we start 1:1 intervention sessions.
Within the school there is a sensory room. The room had a floor with all matts on, a ball pen, 3 swings with different attachments, exercise ball, various balls, large bean bags & cushions. The room is made up of different colour’s, especially red, blue, yellow & green. Myself and the other OT student were able to observe two autistic children playing in the sensory room. The children reacted differently too the environment. One child was very vocal & singing whilst swinging whilst another child was mostly silent.
After school, I spent a lot of time trying to complete my learning contract, it is nearly there. I am trying to review my ongoing learning need from my intervention placement and use them as a guide to ensure I develop them during this placement.
I shall now go and read more of Kranowitz () book in the hope to finish it this weekend.
The write up for last nights #OTalk is now complete…(BAOT 2012). I was really pleased to feature in the BAOT/COT storify.
NOTE TO FAMILY: My boyfriend can make me laugh from the other side of the world & thats why he means the WORLD to me!
BAOT/COT (2012) #OTalk on professionalism: tackling lapsed standards and finding useful measures. Avaialble at: <http://www.cot.co.uk/news/social-media/otalk-professionalism-tackling-falling-standards-and-finding-useful-measures> [Accessed: 26.09.12]
Kranowitz, C. S. (2005) The Out of Sync Child. New York: Perigree