Today was a really great day! I helped out in a 3yr. old group with the same little girl that had the feeding tube and the healing tracheostomy, then I had the opportunity to help out with a little girl that had a serious condition (they were not sure of the diagnosis) where her muscles completely tensed up on her and she was not able to function on her own. She is almost 3 years old and she cannot speak, walk, focus on objects with her eyes, she has a feeding tube, and she has to be spoon fed as well. This poor little girl has multiple problems, such as Acid Reflux Disease and Epilepsy, not even counting her main problem (which with research on my part, I could not figure out what it was). She was definitely a more hands on serious case at Every Child's Place. It was so unfortunate to see how a little baby had to live like this. :( I learned a lot from this experience and I am continuing to do service work here to help them, and learn and gain more knowledge about the special needs kids and the healthy school going children that I encounter.
Today I worked with new staff members and they were really great with the kids. I had two children that had tube feedings and who were also recovering from tracheostomies. It was interesting learning how to help administer tube feedings. I met another little boy who had Autism and he was a very cute lovable kid. :)
It was really a great time working with the kids today! I had a child that had autism and I was able to learn a little more about the condition and how to approach the child and interact with them. There was one child that the teacher was having difficulty with trying to get them to lay down for the afternoon nap. I was told from their teacher that this child has always had a problem with going down for a nap with the other kids. I noticed the teacher struggling for a while to get the child to sleep so I went to help her out. I knew that with a new person trying to get the child to go down for a nap, it may be more successful. I literally laid down nest to with the child and stroked their hair in a gentle mommy-child like manner. I was able to calm the child down and within minutes, I had them to sleep. I felt VERY good about being able to get the child to sleep and also being able to relieve the stress from the teacher.
Today I was trained and will be certified to give vision screenings for children. This training and certification is a good opportunity for me to learn more about children with vision problems and to help prevent further complications. I am looking forward to going to my first vision screening as a certified vision screener.
I am really looking forward to working with the kids. I was interested in taking care of the special needs children as well and I am happy to hear that I will on the days that I will be volunteering. Every Child's Place is a very clean and a well run business.