Hi all, welcome to my first blog, I will be writing one each week for the next eight weeks. Let me introduce myself – I’m Bec, doing my Masters in Occupational Therapy (OT). I will be popping up in various forms – on the early intervention website, at playgroup sessions. This is my second placement, but my first of three 8 week placements.

When Fiona approached me to write a blog about my learning I had no hesitation. Like a lot of things, I tend to jump in feet first and then think about the consequences later. So here I am writing about my journey.

As an OT student one of the first topics we learn, what is OT?  OT is about what is meaningful to the person. It is about doing – what can we do to modify the environment for the person to be able to engage in their occupations.To break this down, we look at the person holistically through the occupational lens – what do you want to do, need to do and are expected to do in their occupations (fancy name for activities).

This is what excites me by being at Playgroup Australia – being able to apply this to the playgroup sessions. Further, to develop this into new activities that I am developing for PlayConnect. Enter play – a child’s main occupation is play. It is how they make sense of their environment and learning. Play should be enjoyable, fun and messy. This is what I have in mind when I start attending play sessions!

On commencing my placement I must admit I was nervous and I was overwhelmed. I did not know what to expect, I have not interacted with children with ASD. But, I am here to learn and listen from the experts – the parents, the facilitators and Fiona. So let’s get the ball rolling.

I have now completed my first week – as I look back and reflect what I have learned; the main points that spring to mind.

  • I have developed a better understanding of ASD.

  • Researching new activities and thinking about how the outcomes can benefit children

  • Getting to know PlayGroup Australia and the PlayConnect program to be able to develop my ideas into activities that can be used in play sessions and / or at home.

What am I looking forward to in week 2 – attending play sessions, further developing ideas, gathering data from parents (they know what’s best for their child and what they want). Finishing of the first draft of the manual.

Until next week and happy messy play!