BUSHkids Annual Report 2020-2021

FoBk Bundaberg (BDB) links Face Program The Face Program is for children in grades 4-6 that have been excluded from school due to behaviour, non-engagement, truancy and exclusion. Many of the children come from challenging and complex backgrounds. FoBk BDB has linked our local team with vulnerable children through its knowledge of the local community and services. Our Bundaberg occupational therapist and speech pathologist have been supporting the Face Program at Bundaberg YMCA for the past 18 months. In Term 3 there has been a big focus on life skills and emotional regulation. Children have been actively involved in learning their own triggers and understanding triggers in their peers. They have developed their own toolbox with strategies to help regulate their emotions that they experience across the day. The children have been observed recognising their emotions and have been independently accessing their toolbox and utilising strategies to regulate appropriately. Teachers at Face have also recognised the children supporting their peers to access their toolbox and have been checking in with each other to see how they are feeling. In the classroom, children have displayed a class toolbox for all to use and refer to when needed. Children have been observed referring to the toolbox and choosing strategies to help regulate their emotions. Children have also been involved in lunch preparation, including discussing what the menu is for the following week and organising who is responsible for each task from food prep and making to cleaning up. One week the children chose toasted sandwiches and the group involved in food prep needed to take orders for staff and the other children attending. Sandwiches were then made and sorted for each person. BUSHkids’ occupational therapist supported the children, often using step-by-step visuals to complete tasks. Children were also very keen to turn an everyday lunch into a restaurant experience using play. One boy enjoyed making toasted sandwiches so much he decided to create his own ‘toasted sandwich maker’ (pictured right) and gave it to the clinician to keep! C E O c o n t i n u e d New outdoor area for Dalby The new outdoor area at our Dalby Service Centre was created thanks to generous donations by the Dalby community and officially opened on 24 August. It now allows BUSHkids to provide a better experience for kids visiting the Centre for support while providing new options for therapy. The new outdoor area isn’t just fun for kids: outdoor therapy can be very calming – particularly for kids with social / emotional difficulties – and it’s a great place to see how kids interact with each other and their environment. Our Allied Health staff in Dalby will be able to conduct therapy sessions in the new area and it will help us ensure that all kids who come to us for support can reach their full potential and thrive. Hand-made ‘toasted sandwich maker’! A n n u a l R e p o r t 2 0 2 0–2 0 2 1 20

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