I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for Covid-19 to back off now! It’s been almost 5 months that the kids have been off school – never will I complain about the length of the 6 week school holidays again. It’s time to start moving forward.

I’m tentatively starting to book some face to face visits back in to my diary, with a full Covid-19 Risk Assessment in place. My families will get a call between 12 and 24 hours before my visits to check if anyone has any symptoms, has been recently tested positive, is isolating, etc. I also get to joyously wear an apron, gloves and surgical mask if I need to come within 2 metres of a client indoors.

Last week I met a new family which was so lovely, I haven’t been out for so long! I’m going to be working with them on assessing for much needed equipment including a wheelchair, comfy seating and a tricycle and also supporting the preparation of plans for housing adaptations. I was quite excited to also meet two very cute puppies during the visit!

I also started completing the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests with one family, whom I have worked with weekly over the Covid-19 lockdown and they have now kindly agreed to be my case study family for my Sensory Integration training that I am currently completing. My 6th training module is going to be held online over two weekends in September and October and once I’ve finished that and presented my case study, I will be an Occupational Therapist with Certification in Ayres’ Sensory Integration (ICEASI Level 2). This is rather exciting and I’ve been working towards it for quite some time.

My biggest realisation during Covid-19 is that there is quite a lot that I can do online. Previously I would have automatically jumped in my car and driven, sometimes for quite a distance, to meet a family at home or a child and teachers at school. This could take a whole day for one visit and the driving was such “dead” time. Thanks to Covid-19, I now know there are new ways of working and most people are accepting them wonderfully. So for a lot of my new clients, I am recommending mostly online sessions with physical sessions for the bits that we really can’t get done online – for example, the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests, Movement Assessment Battery for Kids, etc. This means that the investment isn’t as high, as travel costs don’t need to be paid and I have more time to help more families, which I think is a win for both sides.

I also completed a therapy play session yesterday in our local park with a three year old…wow he was fast, and probably I had more exercise in that hour than I’ve had for most of lockdown (oops). I can tell you, face masks and sunshine make hot work!! He had fun though, and I got a hug and a kiss blown at me when I left, so I think it was a success. We are going to continue being creative and I think have a session in his garden next week.

I’ll leave you with a picture of the very cute puppies!

Bryher sat on the floor of a child's bedroom wearing her "Bryher Occupational Therapist" t-shirt with two chihuahua puppies snuggled onto her lap.