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Occupational Therapy

Apparently Luke DID qualify for OT. People have been asking me just WHAT exactly is OT.. so here’s a Wiki definition 

The World Federation of Occupational Therapists defines occupational therapy as a profession concerned with promoting health and well-being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by enhancing the individual’s ability to participate, by modifying the environment, or by adapting the activity to better support participation.[3]

Another way of thinking about the ideas contained in these definitions could be: occupational therapy is about understanding the importance of an activity to an individual, being able to analyze the physical, mental and social components of the activity and then adapting the activity, the environment and/or the person to enable them to resume the activity. Occupational therapists would ask, “Why does this person have difficulties managing his or her daily activities (or occupations), and what can we adapt to make it possible for him or her to manage better and how will this then impact his or her health and well-being?”

Occupational therapy gives people the “skills for the job of living” necessary for “living life to its fullest.”

He will be seeing a super nice therapist who has the personality that will probably work well with him. “K” will be seeing Luke on Mondays after seeing C for Speech (10-11am) for 45 minutes. Apparently, they have had a huge influx of OT kids so all the can offer is 45 minutes once a week. I guess the month that has gone by is how long it took for him to get a spot off the waiting list. 

So, right now Luke goes M/W from 10-11am for Speech. I talked with S who does DT with Luke about this summer schedule. We decided that he could probably do one session right after the other so we don’t have to come 3 days a week. I think the plan will be to do ST on Wednesdays from 10-11 then S comes in for a overlap from 10:30ish to 11:30ish  I think. We will just have to see how that works. 

Mondays will look this way also. ST starting at 10-11 but instead of an overlap, Luke will stay for a full 45 minutes of OT with K. \

I’m really nervous about this for a few reasons.

1 – I don’t know how Luke is going to do with staying that long. He’s an awful eater especially in the morning because he nurses upon waking and pretty much refuses to eat anything until lunch. I’ve seen other kids bringing lunch boxes and stuff so I might just pack him his sippy and a snack. 

2 – I haaaaaate transitions for him. Yes, he has improved by leaps and bounds but.. gaah… I just don’t want to go through the whole bit where he has to take for.ev.er. to get close to someone enough to trust them and perform for them. 

C had no idea Luke knew where some body parts were. He apparently refused to perform for her. I just happened to ask him that one day after ST while we were recapping his session and he did all the things I prompted. She was pretty surprised and said since she had just seen him do that she can go check off a few things..! AHHH… PERFORM CHILD! PLEASE! 

 

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More Music Man!

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Look at the handsome fellas! Grandpa Stehle got to pick some tunes Sunday with the wee man… 

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The Music Man

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We enjoy visiting great grandpa and grandma Adams. Especially, when the guitar gets played! It’s Luke favorite part. Luke even has his own toy mandolin over there to play music on with great grandpa. He thinks he’s big stuff. 

Sometimes he sings along, but he mostly likes to listen and enjoy the music. He even claps along from time to time!

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Helping out

We had a small garage door incident recently and my dad came out to help Nick fix it since he’s had a little experience with them.

Luke and grandpa A putting away and taking out the drill bits

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Dada overseeing everything… 

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And yes! The garage door is fixed. Thought, it is a little quirky now. You can’t click the button and drive off and expect that when the door hits the pavement that it will stay that way. But it does work now which is so much better than it not working… 

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