It's been a few weeks since I've done a Five-Minute-Friday post. Mostly because Friday rolls around I forget about it. But when I saw today's topic I got really giggly inside, because I knew exactly what I wanted to say.
So here goes, five minutes, no editing. Go, write, stop.
I don't call 'crutch training' anymore. It's now officially 'catch practice'.
I've been thinking a lot lately about how illiteracy and a lack of primary education can effect every aspect of a person . . . including coordination.
When I look back at my first six years of schooling, there were so many basic life-skills that were introduced and developed in those primary years. Learning to read and write develops coordination, fine motor skills, visual tracking, attention, error recognition, and the ability to self-correct. Learning to add and subtract develops logic and reasoning. Art, music, and PE classes develop creativity, cause and effect, and gross and fine motor skills.
And how many skills did I develop when my mom sent me outside to play when my homework was done. Simple things like learning to hop, skip, and jump. Balancing on one foot. Developing my imagination by playing 'make-believe'.
I could keep going.
But most of my patients are never given the opportunity to experience these simple initiations of basic skill development. Which results in grown adults who have never been exposed to the complex-coordination necessary for using crutches.
Doesn't mean they don't learn . . . and most very quickly.
Simply that the first attempt for the patient is an opportunity for me to improve my stats as a catcher . . . one of the creeds therapists live by: Don't Let the Patient Hit the Floor.