Some recent stories

It’s always a great outcome when children make progress and develop new skills. We are so thrilled to be able to share some of those recent stories with you, hopefully to encourage you on your journey.

Comments on OT at SPOT

We started seeing Virginia right when we moved to H.K. from Europe. Our 2 year old son, has Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum, and has been going to therapy ever since he was born. He has always been scared of therapists, and never really enjoyed the sessions. It was always a struggle to take him to OT and Physio. When he met Virginia things were totally different. She first made friends with him, without any pressure. She made sure he trusted her before beginning to work with him. She patiently observed him for a couple of sessions and gently introduced toys, and exercises. Our son always felt comfortable with her. When he saw SPOT he was thrilled! Finally a beautiful and colourful playground. No white robes, no medical equipment…..just an amazing space filled with great toys, swings, slides, music and loads of natural light!!

Our son works so well with Virginia! Just seeing his gorgeous smile after he has accomplished something Virginia has asked him to do, is worth the commute!! The progress is also unbelievable. Sometimes it is the simplest of things; unscrewing bottles, pulling threads in and out of holes, tearing paper, pointing fingers, taking socks off, puzzles etc. But she knows exactly when and how to introduce each little exercise, and in such creative ways. A child’s brain is truly like a sponge, and we have seen it with Virginia’s work. It takes just a couple of repetitions, done at the perfect timing, and with the proper aid each time, and it is processed forever! Even actions that in theory, he can’t accomplish , due to the complete absence of the corpus callosum in his brain, he has managed to master. How? Well I guess not even the neurologists know. His brain has found a way around it. With the proper reinforcement his brain has compensated using other pathways.

As parents of a special needs child, we are the ones who can offer him the opportunity to receive this extra help so he can overcome his difficulties before it is too late. It is not always easy to give them this extra help while allowing them to have fun. Accomplishment while having fun and being happy that is what it is all about and Virginia knows just how to do it. Thank you Virginia

So many enjoyable and celebration moments through out this week at his ST and OT sessions. So happy for him! 

Comments on Speech and Language Therapy at SPOT

When we were looking for a speech therapist in Hong Kong, we were seeking someone with detailed skills based on what we felt our son needed.  Carrie has exceeded our expectations with her knowledge, her skills in interacting with our son, and how she communicates with us (the parents).  We have seen excellent progress and feel her approach is very honest, knowledgeable, and fun!

Carrie has been amazing with our son and we have been so happy with the progress he has made in such a short time. After determining the improvement areas, she has guided him through many different exercises while making it fun. When he first visited the clinic he was a reluctant talker, but with her charm and her patience, she has really worked magic. He is now much more confident, he is able to express himself, tell stories and has improved his overall communication skills. He has even started to chat with people he meets for the first time. Thank you so much Carrie, we couldn't have wished for a better speech therapist!  

When we were looking for a speech therapist in Hong Kong, we were seeking someone with detailed skills based on what we felt our son needed.  Carrie has exceeded our expectations with her knowledge, her skills in interacting with our son, and how she communicates with us (the parents).  We have seen excellent progress and feel her approach is very honest, knowledgeable, and fun! 

Shea Stanley, Little Step Asia

When we first came to see Zara, our son M was not verbal. He was not regulated because he was unable to communicate his needs and wants to us. The first few sessions that we had with Zara was more of getting the trust of our son to play with her and be more comfortable with her. Each session with her was not just about helping our son to communciation to us at home. We were able to practice and extend that therapy sessions from Zara's office to our home because of the ideas and knowledge she has shared with us. After a few months of sessions with Zara, our son M can now verbally communicate his needs and wants to us and has expanded his vocabulary. Because of the trust and patience that Zara has shown to our son, our son is always looking forward to his sessions with her. We are happy with the progress of our son from being non verbal to a child who can now talk to us, read aloud and sing his nursery fhymes. Thank you Zara!

Tung Chung Mum

 

Comments on Physiotherapy

We started sending our child for physiotherapy at SPOT in March. In just a month’s time of weekly sessions combined with easy-to-follow home exercises, we’ve seen great improvement in his muscular strength and overall balance. His therapist, Jessica, is patient, compassionate, professional and always eager to help or answer any concerns. She is able to pinpoint his areas of weakness and thoughtfully designs activities that are both fun and address his problems. We are so pleased that we’ve come here!

Having seen various physiotherapists around Hong Kong, we can say with assurance that Jessica is by far the best there is in town. Our daughter benefited far greater from the hour spent with Jessica then from all the other therapies combined. Her encouragement, enthusiasm, and expertise created a safe place for our daughter to take risks and push herself to the next level. Thank you Jessica! 

Jess is by far one of the most professional and up to date physiotherapists we have met and we are delighted that she is working with our son with complex physical needs. It is a relief to have someone with a playful, child centred approach that takes into account his personality as well as all his many needs.

Comments on OT and PT at SPOT

Dear SPOT

I wanted to thank you for your amazing PT and OT work with our son. He was
being treated for hypermobility, hand writing and core strength training. Your knowledge of the body was impressive and implementation of an OT and PT plan a great success. Our son presented with poor posture and letter formation. And by the end of our 8 weeks had significant improvement in his strength and posture.
As well his hand writing. I highly recommend spot as the best treatment facility in town. As well the gym was the most impressive I had seen. Bright, spacious and
every single week the equipment was different.

Thank you SPOT.
HKIS mom ( of 6 year old boy)

Comments on PD Training 

HI Kate,

I would also like to thank you for your valuable time.  The practical elements were very helpful and I have seen your ideas being implemented already this morning!  Fabulous…..

Simone Nielsen Head of Early Childhood

 

Dear Kate,

Many thanks for the terrific PD session yesterday. It was exactly what we wanted and gave people an overview of things to consider in regard to writing. There were also a number of practical things for them to consider when planning their activities. After school is often a hard time to engage people and you did that very well.

Once again many thanks we thoroughly enjoyed your presentation.

Fiiona Barringer

Head of Learning Strategies

 
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