Meghan is one of our wonderful undergraduate interns this semester. We have been fortunate enough to have her at the Boston Ability Center in Wellesley on Tuesdays. She recently presented a poster at Simmons College on improved social interactions following therapy. Congratulations Meghan!
Yesterday our theme in Team Time was: Flexibility & Stuck Thinking!
- Hello: To say hello this week, we practiced asking questions to our friends after they shared a story with the group. For example, when a friend shares a story, it’s expected to ask a social wondering question (e.g., “Who did you go on vacation with?” or “What did you eat for your special dinner?). Children tossed bean bags to the story-teller after they each asked one question, as a visual representation to keep track of the conversation and ensure active participation.
April ONO was awesome! For the first time, One Night Out took place at the BAC’s new Natick location. Big kids and little kids alike had fun exploring Natick’s two gyms, the enormous ball pit, climbing wall and game closet! We also had a visit from two special guests, Ted and Peggy Crew. Also know as Oma and Opa – Ted and Peggy are the inspiration behind all things Boston Ability Center. They have spent a lifetime loving and caring for kids around the world and are the perfect example of BAC’s mission of making hard work and fun go hand in hand!
This week our theme was Thought Bubbles & Talk Bubbles, with special focus on Interrupting / Blurting
Volcano Song: We warmed up our bodies and brains by watching a “Preschool Learn to Dance: Exploding Volcano” video and then following along with the body movements. Imitating body positions as part of a music & movement type of activity tends to be a staple of early childhood classrooms – it’s important that our kiddos practice thinking with their eyes and ears in order to follow the group plan
Written by: Anna Gray, Physical Therapist
Physical therapists at The Boston Ability Center use the latest research to guide our treatment plans of all diagnoses and conditions.
Last week in our social-motor group, we learned about BIG and little problems. We read the book “Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes” by: Eric Litwin. If you don’t know the story of Pete, enjoy the video here!
Just like Pete, we stepped in strawberries, blueberries, and even mud!!! Did we cry?! Goodness no! We remembered what Pete the Cat says, “No matter what you step in, keep walking along and singing your song…because it’s all good!” Now that is flexible thinking!
If you had to be an animal, what would be it be? Red Panda because they’re awesome!
What is your favorite children’s book? Goodnight Moon
What is your favorite kids board game? Mouse Trap
If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go? Liverpool, England
If given a superhero power what would you choose? The ability to turn into any kind of bird I wanted, whenever I wanted
Brian graduated from Gannon University with a doctorate of physical therapy. Brian knew he wanted to work with children after his experiences coaching youth soccer, volunteering in after school programs, and through his pediatric clinical affiliation. He has experience working with a variety of pediatric patients with orthopedic, neurologic, and developmental diagnosis at varying stages of development. Brian chose to work at the Boston Ability Center because of its goal of providing quality care in a fun and efficient environment. Brian loves red pandas, playing anything that is competitive especially soccer, and enjoys hiking up tall mountains.
REGISTRATION IS OPEN for CIMT CAMP THIS SUMMER!😎
CIMT is an evidenced-based intervention used for children with hemiplegic CP to improve mobility, lengthen tight or spastic muscles, increase strength, and improve hand function.
Our 3 week long summer camp intensive includes 2 weeks of unilateral training followed by 1 week of bilateral training. Pre and post testing is included as is a removable custom fit cast.
July 9th to July 27th, M-Fri, 8:30am-1pm, ages 3-10. Call 781-239-0100 for more details or to sign up today!