"Let your light shine before men, that may see your good deeds and praise your father in heaven" Matthew 5:16
Friday, June 11, 2010
Using our Resources!
Howdy y'all! It's your favorite Native American Texan :) We have just completed our 3rd week of therapy and it's hard to believe we only have 1 more to go. Kaylee, Meghann, and I were with Marja this week for language and Jaime, Rachel, and Lacey were with Caroline for swallowing. They are both great supervisors and have taught us so much in their own ways. Language has been interesting, our favorite quote has been, "In the crate...I have this awesome activity for (fill in the blank)". It's amazing what you can do with duct tape, a couple of books, random "Zambian" household supplies, and a bag full of beanie babies. Ladies, be very proud!! With the help of Marja and using our creative noggins, we have managed to conduct therapy for 3 and possibly 4 weeks for about 60 kiddos on these supplies alone. Yeah, I know right!!! Marja has been impressed and has no doubt that we will be able to be creative using the resources we have once we get back to the states. She has been great and constructive with her feedback as well. After every session, we take time to actually sit down and talk about the sessions. Questions consist of: What can you do to play of the strengths of this child, what can you do better/more, what kind of reinforcements are you going to implement, how are you going to address that child's behavior, what are you going to plan to work on next, what do you think about your usage of time, materials, goals, songs...etc. She MAKES us talk! Haha, it took a while to get used to, but now we are spitting out modifications, ideas, and observations like we have been doing it our whole lives. She has really put it into perspective for us, what we always need to be thinking as clinicians no matter what population we work with. Thanks Marja!