Siegrist Medical Therapy Unit (MTU) hosted its annual Halloween Festival providing fun and therapeutic activities for the clients and their families. Children from the pre-school classes at Siegrist school as well as classes from Joshua Circle participated in the annual event. Out-patients and their families also attend the annual event.
The staff at the Medical Therapy Unit provide physical and occupational therapy to medically eligible children from birth to 21 years of age. The theme this year was "Pirates of the Caribbean". The MTU staff transform the therapy unit with elaborate effects including a pirate ship that students crawl or walk through practicing their gross motor skills. From there they are lead to "walking the plank" which includes climbing stairs up to a balance beam over a ball pit complete with pirate skulls and bones. They are then guided to a "rock the boat" balance activity on a large balance board decorated as a pirate row boat. The next adventure was a sensory booth providing several "creepy-crawlie" experiences including gooey jewels, gummy worms, spaghetti as well as green olives. This provides the children with several different sensory stimulation activities underneath the fluorescent lights. The journey ends with the opportunity to go fishing in the pirate treasure chest.
"The Halloween tradition is a blast for the kids as well as the staff!" This year over 350 children participated in the event. "We incorporate therapeutic activities that are fun for the kids and their families. It is a very rewarding experience for the kids as well as the staff" said Marleah Moore, PT Unit Supervisor at Siegrist MTU.