Archive | February, 2010

Goal Time

26 Feb

The Aberdeen PRP is launching a new schedule on Monday that we are very excited about.  Every morning contains a 45 minute period known as “Goal Time”.

The purposes of Goal Time are:

  • to allow more 1-on-1 time for rehab counselors to meet with clients to discuss individual issues and work on their individual goals.
  • to provide time for clients to work on their own individual goals and track what they did in personal folders.
  • to allow client-run (and perhaps staff-run) small groups which support individual goals that several clients have in common.
  • to allow client-run clubs at a time that does not compete with our offsite trips.

The idea of a dedicated daily time for clients to work on their rehab plan goals is in accordance with both the recovery model as well as the ideal of self empowerment.  Goal Time is in addition to our staff-run classes.

Clients can work individually or in small groups.  The client lounge will contain a number of relaxation exercise stations for biofeedback, yoga, meditation, and music.

Room 150 has crafting projects at the ready.  The computer lab can be used for job searches or touch typing practice.  Clients working on social skills might play a board game or trivia game.  Clients working on fitness might play Wii Fit or take a short walk.

Client clubs in the past have included a nail group, a wrestling video group, and a Wii gaming group.  There is some current interest in a computer skills instruction club.

Staff may also find this time convenient for pulling together 3 or 4 clients on their caseload who share similar needs.  Otherwise they will be pulling clients into their offices for 1-on-1 time during this period.

This will be an evolving project — we are curious to see what ideas clients and staff come up with and how motivated clients are when working on their own.

— Michael

It’s Snowing — Again

26 Feb

It’s snowing yet again in Aberdeen.  Luckily, this time seems to be much less severe.  It may be cold outside but we reflect the season in a more cheery way inside.

Haitian Relief Effort

26 Feb

Our Aberdeen PRP client advisory board decided that they wanted to help out with the events in Haiti.

Over the past several weeks they put together an attractive donation container and raised $60.16!

The money was donated to the Red Cross.

New Uses for Lightboxes?

6 Feb

I’m stuck at home today sitting out a 24″-30″ snow storm — grateful for Internet access, electricity, and heat.  I suspect many blogs are being updated today.

I talked with one of my neighbors in Baltimore, naturopathic doctor Janine Martin, a few weeks ago about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) lightboxes.  She mentioned that they may in fact be useful for yet another purpose — recovery from stress.  Apparently stress can damage the body’s natural sleep cycle rhythms.  Lightboxes may be useful in resetting these rhythms in order to restore the proper sleep cycle.  Critical if you are trying to rest-up after or keep up with stressful events.

This morning I opened an old issue The Week Magazine (January 15th — I have time today…) and saw that their “Health Scare of the Week” was about the number of near-sighted people rising 66% since the 1970s.  They cited epidemiologist Susan Vitale as saying that some evidence suggests spending too much time indoors during childhood “sends a signal to the eye to stop growing”.

I don’t want to read too much into this, but perhaps the use of full spectrum lighting indoors is not too bad of an idea for many reasons.

Here is a link to old articles on this blog on the topic of full spectrum lighting.

— Michael

TRIBES! — New Class

1 Feb

By Liz Tutino

(Liz & Jeff run this class on Thursdays)

Reality TV has inspired a new program at the Aberdeen PRP. On February 11, 2010 TRIBES will make its debut. TRIBES, an acronym for Team up for Recreational, Intellectual, Bonding Exercises, fosters teambuilding, socialization, and intellectual stimulation in a fun environment.

Twice a month at the PRP clients will gather in groups, designated by a specific animal, called “tribes.”  A series of interactive group games will be played and teams will score points based on their performance.

In January clients previewed this concept and played three games.  In the Number Game each member of a tribe was given a digit from 1 -5.  The MC called out a 5 digit number and teams had to arrange themselves to display that number correctly.  The first team to arrange themselves in the correct order won and scored points.  This was played for several rounds and quite a fun competition developed. The second game was a baby food guessing game.  In this competition one member of the team was selected to taste 10 jars of baby food and identify the contents. This was not an easy task as everything tasted the same! Points were given for each correct answer and bonus points were given if tribes could beat a staff member also doing the tasting.  The third game is called the “Ah, Um Game.”  Each team selected a representative and they were given a topic.  They had to stand up and talk about that topic for one minute without saying “ah” or “um” This was a tricky game and only one tribe scored points.

In February tribes will be scoring points doing similar activities.  The tribe that scores the most points each week will gain the privilege of getting meals first and getting on the vans first for trips.  Points will accumulate for the month and at the end of the month the tribe with the most points will be treated to lunch or another exciting prize.