Thursday, January 26, 2012

Darci Lechner on Romania service program -hospital

Quote of the Day:

“Tell everyone you know: 'My happiness depends on me, so you’re off the hook.' And then demonstrate it. Be happy, no matter what they’re doing. Practice feeling good, no matter what. And before you know it, you will not give anyone else responsibility for the way you feel – and then, you’ll love them all. Because the only reason you don’t love them, is because you’re using them as your excuse to not feel good.” ~Abraham Hicks

Journal: January 18, 2012

Today was a bit different than our first two days. When we arrived some of the children were still sleeping, and the others were not as active. Maybe we wore the kids out as much as they wore us out on Tuesday! This worked out fine though because this gave us some one on one time to work with the Physical Therapist. She gave my teammate and I each a lesson on how to do the physical therapy moves on the children, and then supervised us while we practiced the new skills we learn. We were very sad that one of the children we worked with, Elena left us to go back to the children’s home. A new girl who is twelve, Hannah, joined us today. Laura spent much of the morning getting acquainted with Hannah and helping her get familiar with the new environment and children. I spent most of the morning rocking and snuggling with Luca, who was not as active as the previous two days. After lunch Luca was back to his active self, so Laura worked on walking with him, and then let him practice on his own in the walker. He enjoyed that very much, but that kept Laura busy because in many ways he is a typical toddler…going after everything in the room, trash, diapers, clothes, that he was not suppose to. I work with Hannah on some simple following direction and mimicking exercises. This started out well, but she quickly learned it was more fun to be defiant and prove to me she was in control. Tomorrow I will try to find some more reinforcers that I can use with her, and hopefully I can find some things that are more important to her than control.