Remember lesson number one from my last post? It must have rang home loud and clear because when I arrived at Chiquitines on Friday morning, this is what I found:
about tummy time! It is so good for these little ones to be on a flat
surface with toys to explore and learn from. In contrast to the baby
slings that provide absolutely no opportunity for exploration aside from
self-rocking (which is not conducive to learning how to sit
independently) and which often leave the babies slouched at all sorts of
horrible angles, tummy time promotes purposeful movement and
interaction with the environment that these little ones so desperately
need. Forget having to gently place them back on the mat every two
minutes as they wander off into new territory – it is totally worth it
to see them playing and exploring and learning!
Thursday, I overheard a volunteer telling one of the caregivers why
playing on a mat was better than spending time in the rocker chairs. The
way she presented this newly acquired information so matter of fact
made me grin to myself but I was one proud OT! I can’t say enough good
things about the volunteers at Chiquitines. They are such a blessing!