Hi all... had another fantastic but very busy week.
Had a visit from my lecturer at university and a lady from Frontline to continue links with the UK and to ensure all our University documentation was correct. Had a good meeting with them and the Ruse universtiy lecturers to get an idea of our progress and received very good feedback. I now have some more outcomes to achieve in the final three weeks with the children and a few minor bits and bats to sort out while here. It all seems managable so should be ok : )
The weather has been rubbish again at the start of the week. Me and Claire walked back from a meal out to our house and returned looking like someone had thrown a bucket of water on us! It was torrential! Very amusing though.
Helped out at universtiy lectures again this week with our lecturer which has been good fun. The students all appearerd to enjoy the crazy lectures she prepared. Using a more hands on teaching style, we had perception games and challenges to complete, and then did a gross motor session which was very good fun, giving the students
In the hostel
Elize and myself!
more ideas for practical work rather than theory based interventions.
We visited another children's home this week also, similar to the one we work at but run and funded by a different charity organisation. The childen there appeared a lot more disabled than the children we work with, some of them the typical appearence of the children on the video from Mogillino. The most severe case there was a young man (appeared to look about 8 years old but was infact 20) who was visually impaired and had mangled legs from numerous unmanaged breakages while at the instituation, along with spending almost 17 years of his life in a cot too small for him. It was difficult to see initially and was a great shock, however I was just pleased he was in a nice childrens home now, with supportive staff and better conditions. There was still a lot missing however... given the right ammount of health care, this young man would have so much potential... but there ust isnt the opportunities here and its just a case of managing and making the most of the limited resources.
Travelled to Varna on Friday morning for a nice weekend
away with some other OT students. The seven of us stayed in a nice, cheap, friendly hostel in the centre. Had two lovely days on the beach enoying the sunshine and the sea and managed to get a bit of tan 😊 The Sunday was rubbish weather so spent the day in the Mall and did a little shopping. We have met up with some other students while here also and joined with them for a night out to a pool party. It was great fun, enjoying the heated pool, next to the sea, under the stars... in the rain and also thunder and lightning at times!!! Crazyness!
We are going to Karin Dom tomorrow, a very well known childrens centre for children with disabilities. It is very well supported and looks very occupational therapy based. Hope to get some good ideas from the work they do there and see what the realistic potential is for where we are working.
Got another busy week ahead doing the usual placement sessions - Mental Health Centre, Childrens Home, Special School, Language Classes... and busy nights - meeting the other students, Karaoke, partying!
Can't believe there is just one month
left now! How time flies!
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