(Not So) Lazy Days of Summer

Recreational therapy assistant Mary Eckstein helps Bryan float in St. Mary’s therapy pool.
 

Twins Brandon and Bryan got a treat today: They spent part of the morning in the pool. The 20-month-old boys arrived at St. Mary’s Home not too long ago for respite, or short-stay, care, and this was the first time they got to go for a dip in the comfortably heated water.

Bryan’s twin, Brandon, with Kathryn Simmons, recreational therapy support specialist. 

While getting in the water is a lot of fun, it’s also therapy. “We are working on their range of motion and sensory stimulation by providing them an experience they don’t typically get,” said Kathryn Simmons, recreational therapy support specialist. “The warm water in the therapy pool helps them loosen up their muscles. That way they can have a greater range of motion in their extremities.”

Mary Eckstein and Colton. 

The pool isn’t just for the littlest children at St. Mary’s Home. Colton, 17, also had the chance to splash around today. And staff of the evening activities and recreational and physical therapy departments frequently work with other children in the pool.

UPDATE: Here’s a video from today’s pool session:

Biennial Report, Summer Newsletter Online

(Photo by Wéyo.)

St. Mary’s 2007-2008 Biennial Report and the summer 2009 issue of our newsletter, The Guardian, should be reaching mailboxes soon. But you can read them online now at our website to learn about some of the moments that have mattered at St. Mary’s Home.

In the photo above, on the cover of the biennial report, Jahmari enjoys a swim in St. Mary’s therapy pool with a little help from Kathryn Simmons, recreational therapy support specialist.