Stephanie K, one of our occupational therapists, is targeting motor planning and sequencing with this activity while also incorporating pretend play. This child was encouraged to find hidden sandwich pieces around the gym and sequence them together in the correct order to make a delicious sandwich! Maybe Rody will want a bite! 🙂
Last week BAC Social-Motor Groups had the honor of having a visit from a wonderful firefighter! This session’s theme has been focused on community helpers so it was only natural to learn about one our favorite people! The children learned about teamwork, self-generated social wondering questions, took turns and even got to try on some firefighter gear!
Some of our kiddos last week worked on improving their fine motor and visual motor skills. Some children participated in a multi-step obstacle course with a peer (incorporating social play) in our large motor space to promote gross motor and motor planning skills. They practiced using their sense of touch to find objects from Ned’s Head, even when they couldn’t see them. Afterwards, they were encouraged to draw their favorite thing discovered from the obstacle course!
In Team Time and Move to Talk our theme this session is community helpers. Last week our community helper of the week was a mechanic. We learned about fixing a problem and enjoyed washing our “cars!” We took turns with the cleaning supplies, shared space when cleaning a car with a friend, participated in a variety of sensory play, requested items from others, and had a lot of FUN!
One of the most unique and beneficial aspects of the Boston Ability Center is our ability to offer co-treatment sessions for our patients. During a “co-treat” children receive two of their services together for 15, 30, or 45 minutes. Patients can target their OT and speech-therapy, OT and PT, or speech therapy and PT goals while they complete various activities in our large motor space or in one of our individual treatment rooms. This treatment model allows clinicians to collaborate as they target various aspects of treatment, and encourages our patients to utilize multiple skills at once. Co treatment sessions also provide clinicians with additional insight regarding specific activities, goals, and supports.
During a co-treat, our occupational therapists may shed light on sensory or tactile areas to consider, our speech-therapists can model language on an alternative augmentative communication device, our physical therapists can provide awareness about body positioning and strength, and much more! Co-treatment sessions also offer scheduling benefits for many of our busy families! The Boston Ability Center takes pride in this multi-disciplinary and collaborative approach to treatment.
Amanda is a student at Salem State University completing her Master’s Degree in occupational therapy. For the last four years, she has been working at Boston University, providing academic and employment support services to undergraduate students around MA with traumatic brain injuries. Amanda completed a Level I Fieldwork with Boston Ability Center in the summer of 2017, and is thrilled to be returning for a Level II placement this summer. Amanda has also volunteered at Brockton Area Multi Services Inc early intervention program and is looking forward to working with children and families at BAC. In her free time, Amanda enjoys hiking, running, concerts, trips to the cape, and spending time with family and friends – especially her 1 year old niece.
Five Fun Facts About Amanda:
- Mint Chip is Amanda’s Favorite Ice Cream.
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Little Blue Truck are her favorite children’s books.
- If she could travel anywhere in the world she would go to New Zealand because of the incredible diverse scenery. Amanda would love the opportunity to hike and explore there!
- Clue is one of her favorite board games.
- If given a superhero power Amanda would choose the ability to fly!
Today in speech we made our own “Braidy”. Braidy isn’t just a string with fun pictures though, Braidy is the Story Grammar Marker’s mascot! The Story Grammar Marker is composed of visual and tactile parts to help kids identify different components of a story and improve their story recall with important details. This is great for all different type of learners with its multisensory functions!