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Occupational therapy

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Hanna Morelli

on 17 May 2017

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Occupational Therapy
My Experience
When I go to The Friendship Home I get to work with these young adults and help them learn to do everyday things that might not come as easily to them. Things such as using the computer, cooking, bowling, getting a job, going to the library. A lot of them have jobs and have had them for a few years now and are extremely proud of themselves which is awesome to see. It's been a privilege so far to hear their stories and see their unique talents and get to see how they live their lives everyday and do not let their disabilities or disorders hold them back at all.
My Final Product
My final product for my senior project is a calender of the month of February that has a different activity for everyday of the month. The calender is set up as if I'm running something similar to the Friendship Home so I have the activity and the way that I would go about getting the activity done including cost, location, and time. Volunteering at the Friendship Home made me realize an interest I have in what it takes to plan activities and events that go on on a day to day basis at organizations like this which is why I came across the idea of an event calender for my final product.
So far this has been the best, most interesting and educational experience of my life. Up to this point in my life there has been nothing that I have enjoyed more and getting to know these real people with these real disorders has been so enlightening and interesting and I love every second of the shadowing aspect of my project, all the people I've met have been amazing. My final product was also fun to work on and helped me to reflect back on my experience as a volunteer as a whole.
Inside My Shadowing Experience
The first time I shadowed my mentor she gave me a lot of freedom and let me take my time with getting to know the people that were attending the afternoon program that day. That day an artist came to paint with them and teach them how to recreate famous paintings in their own way, so I got to sit down with them and paint and just get to know them. It was awesome, everyone was really excited to meet someone new just like me. The people I met were men and women that ranged from 20 to 30 years old, some had down syndrome and some were autistic. Each of them had a lot of stories to tell and each of them were very unique and smart and although they were all very different from each other they get along really well together and helped to make me feel comfortable which was awesome.
My Learning Stretch
My learning stretch was trying to better understand the way that these people with mental disabilities think. I had to learn that they didn't want to be touched or asked too many questions and I had to change how I was around them to make them feel more comfortable.
Definition Of Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy :
a form of therapy for those recuperating from physical or mental illness that encourages rehabilitation through the performance of activities required in daily life.
My Mentor Experience
Searching for a mentor was definitely a process, it took me awhile to find exactly what I was looking for. But, I finally came across "The Friendship Home" In Norwell, Massachusetts. I found out about them from my mom who has volunteered at a few events they have had over the years. My mentors name is Danielle Maloney, she is the therapist within the building and has built tight knit relationships with all of the people that attend The Friendship Home. Danielle was the one to teach me the in's and out's of the program and help me get to know those who attend the Friendship Home.
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