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Cooking up a sensory storm

Wednesday, 26th October, 2011

MESSY WORK: Kirsty Stapylton, Ann Marie Hannan,  Melissa Welsh and Lincy George prepare for the day in  the park today. MESSY WORK: Kirsty Stapylton, Ann Marie Hannan, Melissa Welsh and Lincy George prepare for the day in the park today.

The hospital’s occupational therapists will help children discover and use their many senses today.

As part of Occupational Therapy Week, the therapists have merged the celebration of their work with the BH Child and Family Interagency’s Children’s Day in the Park in Sturt Park.

They’ll be using a technique called sensory play, which provides children with the chance to use their senses or concentrate on one particular sense.

Occupational therapist, Lincy George, was busy yesterday cooking up blue spaghetti and blue rice to test children’s senses, as well as their motor skills.

“With children, they learn from experience,” Ms George said.

Manager of the Occupational Therapy department, Melissa Welsh, said therapists help people get the most out of their lives.

“They work closely with people to identify what is important to them and ways to overcome a loss of mobility or cognitive skill,” Ms Welsh said.

“Occupational Therapists can make the difference between simply existing and making the best of each moment.”

Referrals from GPs or another health professional is needed to see an Occupational Therapist.

A display promoting the week will be set up in the hospital foyer.

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