After going along to Grapevine’s Re-Imaging Waiting Times Ideas Factory, I was buzzing with ideas of how young people could use doodling as a way to improve their fine motor skills.
Many children wait for a long time to see an occupational therapist. They often find out lots of things that they could’ve been doing to help themselves whilst they waited. A large number of children don’t need a specialist assessment but just some guidance. Imagine what the impact would be if they receive some input much quicker.
I felt privileged to be asked to deliver a workshop at the Summer Camp that was organised by Grapevine and Occupational Therapists from CWPT. They had identified a group of young people that we would work with to help assess their fine motor skills.
My task was to help the young people create Feel Good Monster Doodles using pre-cut stencils to draw around and bringing the Feel Good Rock faces alive by sticking eyes and drawing smiles on them. We had a fab fun filled the afternoon and produced some amazing creations. There were other fab activities such as Tactile Twister, dressing up and making stress balls. The Occupational Therapists were able to assess the fine motor skills of the young people and offer solutions to their parents.