The therapists at INSFIDIM are lovely people – kind and nurturing to the children and eager to learn new skills to help their patients. Truth be told, the therapy practiced is somewhat old-fashioned so I was happy to share whatever I know with a group of therapists.
Very patient with my poor Spanish and quite willing to be “mock patients”, they put up with me for a whole morning.
They shared their frustrations, mainly caused by poor resources but also by the lack of parent education resulting in wasted efforts in physiotherapy. Given the large numbers of children they are trying to help, it is very frustrating to spend time teaching a child how to walk, and then see their efforts wasted by parents who carry it and treat it as totally disabled.
At the end we had a joint therapy session, trying to help a little one overcome his spasticity and stand with support, something he had not done in a long time.
Another problem to overcome is the frustration the kids experience when doing exercises in ways that are uncomfortable and make no sense. It seems that for most of the older kids, therapy is some sort of unpleasant and painful medical procedure that needs to be done because parents and doctors say so.
Teaching the therapists how to turn exercises into a game and have the child move and “exercise” while playing, made it a lot of fun for all of them and, hopefully, will be remembered for some time after I leave.