Bunbury Occupational Therapy
|Posted on 9 June, 2020 at 23:55|
It is almost the middle of the year and I reckon 2020 will definitely be one for the books.
What's been happening the past 6 months?
1. The normal routine (with a few twists) is back in order at SPOTS - Therapy for Children. We clean hands before the session starts (parents, Mrs D and Miss Esmé too!), use a clean towel for each client, disinfect all contact surfaces after each session and deep clean at the very least once a day. And we are fast and effective after having this routine now for about 6 weeks already.
2. The children are still having loads of fun and Miss Esmé plans ahead to ensure there is enough clean equipment for what each child would need most. And again, we are fast becoming super pro's at cleaning and disinfecting what we need, so we go with the flow and clean if someone needs something different than what we planned for!
3. Clients are spread out to minimise any possible crossover in reception. Books, magazines and toys are also still packed away to eliminate any possibility of transfer in reception area. The minimalistic look is slowly rubbing off on us..!
4. Our online Telehealth service has been up and running since lockdown with teething problems sorted.
5. We have a dedicated, closed facebook page that offers regular posts to assist parents, teachers and other interested parties with ideas and information. A variety of topics are covered and includes e.g. gross motor skills, fine motor skills, sensory aspects, handwriting, toy ideas, therapy ideas, and self-regulation. Please feel free to join our OT Online & SPOTS - Therapy Support Community on facebook! There are 2 quick compulsory questions to join.
Plans for the next half of 2020:
1. A change from July 2020 is our service delivery model, namely the "45-15" model. This ensures that we are on the right track for long term sustainability and best practice. We are still seeing clients for 45 minute face-to-face / telehealth contact, but then 15 minutes are scheduled to forward plan, review and track goals, design home programs or sensory diets, write and create social stories, contact schools, etc. You are getting our best attention and focus for an allround service.
2. Acquiring, learning and applying a brand new edition of the BAILEY test for infants and young children to 3 years 6 months - standardised for Australian children!
3. Participating in the normative data collection for a new sensory integration test called the EASI (Evaluation of Ayres Sensory Integration).
4. Participating in data collection for a docotoral study - providing handwriting samples of year 1 and 2 students with difficulty in handwriting.
5. Attending Trauma informed approach to sensory processing disorder and arousal regulation workshop (hopefully all clear by that time!).
6. Attending Therapeutic Listening: listening with the whole body workshop - again, fingers crossed it will realise...
7. Completing neuro-physiology workshops - learning about the brain puts everything in perspective again!
8. Hopefully we can get the sensory gym back to previous layouts and covers such as our much-missed "fluffy", operational soon after this COVID-19 period.
As always, please feel free to contact us if you have any queries or if we can be of assistance.