I read this really interesting blog post the other day about a paediatric speech therapist making a decision to ‘go bag less’ and seeing really positive results.
It reminded me of a day last year, when admist a busy morning rush I managed to remember school book bags, PE kits, packed lunches, school assembly costume etc etc but forgot my own stuff.
I was 50 miles from home at my first patients house when I first noticed. I searched the car in vain, and went a bit clammy! I had 5 clients to see that day, including one new assessment. I didn’t have any resources at all, not even pen or paper.
I did survive the day, and it was a good lesson that I could rely on myself and what was around me to provide quality speech therapy.
- Beg, borrow or steal pen & paper as soon as you can! My first client was a really lovely lady (an ex occupational therapist) who I was able to come clean to! She lent me a pen and a wodge of plain paper that lasted the day!
- Use the environment around you. Working on naming? Name things in the room. Want to drill down to sub categories- name things in a kitchen drawer, name plants in the garden, name things in the bathroom.
- Look for magazines/newspapers/books/leaflets that you can use for reading comprehension or picture description work.
- Working on comprehension? Give instructions- name things in the room, body parts, ask the client to draw something that you describe…
- When I came to the assessment client I was amazed how much I remembered off the top of my head! The client had higher level language difficulties and I was able to do the spoken comprehension and expression parts of the Mount Wilga from memory. Add in all the extra bits- case history, oro-motor exam etc and I covered the first assessment session with ease!
Safe to say, I’ve not forgotten my bag since then, but if it happened again I know the day is not lost!