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Let’s Play

In June, I started running a therapy clinic one day a week, out of a local health centre. I was advised to simply have set hours when people knew I would be there and allow people to simply turn up and wait. So that’s what I did. Any given morning I was having between 1 and 12 families come with a wide range of difficulties, some I could help with, others not. I even had a girl travel with her teacher and mother from South Sudan for an assessment.

Assessing is one thing but then came the difficulty of what to do with those that were appropriate for therapy? The numbers were simply too large.

So every Thursday in September I ran two pilot therapy groups. One for under 5’s who aren’t talking (for various reasons) and then one specifically for the families of children with Down Syndrome (more about that in another post). This left Tuesday’s free for doing triage.

12 families came across the two groups and we covered basic topics like, ‘what is communication?, ‘how to talk to your child’ and ‘How to use everyday situations such as bathing, dressing and mealtimes for improving communication.’

My favourite session was definitely week two, ‘play’. The focus was encouraging parents to play with the children, understanding different types of play and showing that play is how children learn. Obviously it wouldn’t be a good session without some practical element so we also made toys and practised playing during the session. Banana fibre dolls and balls, plastic bottle cars, along with paperbag and sock puppets all featured.

There was a lot of laughter in this session. It didn’t take long for the parents to get really stuck into it as they remembered toys they played with as children.

I’ll certainly make some tweaks but overall the groups were a success and it’s great to feel like my therapy work is finally getting off the ground.

Discussing different types of play.

Parents thinking of as many ways as they could to play with a margarine tub (they got to 7.)

One mum making a ball from banana fibre.

A dad with a doll he has just made.

Here’s one I made earlier sock puppet.

The Down Syndrome Support Group in full flow.

A proud group of toy makers.

 

9 Responses to “Let’s Play”

  1. Mary

    Brilliant! Great to see the pictures.
    Love from Mary

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  2. Danielle Allberry

    Well done Lois, it’s so lovely to hear all that you’ve been doing. God bless you and this much needed work in this community.

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  3. Margaret

    Wow that’s amazing! I love the toys! Xx

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  4. Roland

    Very proud to know that finally your brilliant skills are helping families that were facing a huge void can now have hope.

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  5. Nicolas Laing

    Great work Lois! So stoked to see this documented like this awesome photos too 🙂

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  6. Kendra

    Well done, Lois! I am so happy to hear about this work and to see the pictures. I know it is not easy to get blogs published when you are thick in the work, especially. I’m feeling so proud to know you. Miss you so much!

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  7. Nicola Clements

    Just send that in for your Hcpc! Wonderful .

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  8. Gill and Kevin

    Great workLois! We still think and pray for you and look forward to a catch up some day xx

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  9. Irma D'Souza

    Oh Lois, what a lovely success story. It is wonderful what you’re doing, wish I could join in.

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