OT

One of the benefits of living in a construction zone is that there are always materials available when you need a bit of this and a bit of that to get something done. Like this morning when I was able to fashion a footstool out of a breeze block that was lying around. It's amazing what you can do with some laminated fabric, some batting and a hot glue gun. 



Hopefully, this will help JW sit still in class. She's very wriggly and isn't getting her work finished so the teachers have been a little worried about it. We've had a reward chart going this term but those gold stars just aren't enough motivation so she's booked in for an evaluation with a children's occupational therapist. That's going to cost $385 plus $95 for a written report which makes me think that I took the wrong course of study at university. She's perfectly capable of sitting still at home so I suspect that the things her teachers are concerned about (I blame Google) aren't an issue and that it is just indicative of JW's self-assuredness. She rarely seeks out affirmation (which is a good thing) so finding ways to encourage her can be more difficult than with some of the other little duyvkens (e.g. J will do anything for a pat on the back) but when she makes up her mind about something she is very determined. Hopefully, seeing mum and dad called in for a meeting with her teachers will make her realise that now would be a good time to start sitting still :-) Thankfully, she is a bright little thing so she hasn't fallen behind in class.
There are lots of physio aids out there for wriggly kids but they all seem to cost a small fortune and until we've had the OT evaluation we won't really know what she needs. Making this little footstool as an interim measure seemed more sensible than spending $90 on one that she may not end up needing. I've got my fingers crossed that this helps her get into a more comfortable position on her chair and that her teachers see some improvement.

Comments

Aunty S said…
As a short person, I can tell you that sitting at a desk without a footrest is very uncomfortable! I have one at home and another at work -- they make a huge difference.
Hope it helps JW!
Aunty S
Blog editor said…
Great solution - telephone books are also useful. If it turns out they do recommend some sort of device(s), it is always useful to look for alternatives in places such as the $2 shop, office supply stores and hardware stores. Anything labelled as a therapeutic device will be much more expensive, and often everyday devices do a perfectly adequate job. J (mother of a now adult son with a significant disability, and some experience of circumventing such recommendations).
Mary said…
Joe had to get evaluated when he was about 6 by an OT due to teacher concerns. They could not understand his drawings. I took Joe - he raced through the tasks whilst rolling his eyes at me - and was, of course, absolutely fine.

My main comfort was that at least the teacher was interested and not disengaged from my boy.

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