This morning we had a sensory motor group with the pre-prep children at school then off to the hospital for the final clinical skills session with our child. This afternoon I spent in a ‘leisure and therapy inclusion centre’ for children.
The final clinical skills session went really well today. We focused the intervention session on supporting the child to improve bilateral skills and fine motor skills as our play observations and Movement ABC identified his manual dexterity needed improving. We had inspiration for todays session from www.otplan.com, we completed the salad bowl activity with different textures materials, and glitter as salt and pepper, we also made a hedgehog with a potato and toothpicks. Now for clinical skills, we meet with the OT that has been supervising us next week and then the following week we have a feedback session with the parents. Clinical skill sessions have been a great asset to this school placement and it is good to goo away, having experience from school and clinical setting.
The afternoon at the leisure and therapy was fantastic. 4 full time OT’s are employed at the centre and the children attend on different packages for therapy and/or education. We were also able to watch a hydotherapy (i hope that is the correct spelling) assessment take place which is therapy on a horse. This type of therapy is useful to children to improve balance, posture and they even play games to improve fine motor skills. Being on a horse provides both proprioceptive and vestibular feedback for the rider, what a holistic therapy! We were able to see the multi-sensory rooms and watch a short part of a session being completed, as well as this we were able to play with the bubble tubes and lye on a water bed!! So many new ideas to think about, a good OT day.
NOTE TO FAMILY: I love you all very much!