Spring Fun – A therapy assistant's perspective
Spring fun this year was a rewarding experience for me. It was full of fun and I learnt a lot! As a therapy assistant or a helper, you had one of two jobs. The first was to have a language station where you carried out the given task and the other was to buddy up with a child/pair or children for the entire session and go to each station with them. I was fortunate enough to experience both.
As most Speech Pathology students, I treasure any moment with a talented and experienced clinician. One of my highlights of Spring Fun was observing some of the sessions with Kathy. I found it extremely beneficial watching how she worked with the children, particularly during difficult situations. I normally sat like a wide eyed and open minded student trying to take everything in and learn as much as I can. One of the most important things I learnt was how to manage behaviour to get the most out of each child. These are skills I hope to take with me when I graduate.
It was rewarding watching the growth of the children within the week. It began slightly unsettled as the children got into the routine. By the last few days, most children were settled and I found it easier to get the most out of them during each station. It was also rewarding watching their progress and noting their improvements in each language station.
On a less serious note, it was great having Jack, Tom and James for all the heavy lifting! Unfortunately, I missed the cupcake challenge on the last day, but I believe it definitely deserved mentioning as we have some fabulous bakers amongst us. I was extremely jealous as I missed out on Claire's amazing salted caramel, peanut and fudge cupcakes. Overall, Spring Fun was an enjoyable experience. I feel as though majority of the children were engaged during the activities and benefited from the program. It was a great learning experience for me and I will definitely be back for Summer Fun!
Jasmeet Kaur Flora
3rd Year Speech Pathologist Student - Curtin University.