It seems like Such a long time ago I was in Hungary but always in my heart
Yesterday we went to freedom house for our farewell party, we presented our photos with commentary from Judit for one last time, (all 157 of them, some more amusing and difficult to explain than others - eg dominos pizza at my house before we left)
We had some nibbles and had a presentation of some very thoughtful gifts. (Kath and I have been making a list of things to do before we are 30 and one of mine is to read more, and learn about history) so my book about Hungary and Hungarians was well received! Along with the Hungarian flag which will take pride of place in the house that is covered in the union jack!
We had decided it would be nice to have dinner out last night, so went full circle and ate at calico jacks (where we first had dinner out)
Again we were given a very thoughtful gift from Zsuzsa, (who I have to add is one of many of the most amazing people I have met whilst being here)
Through discussion with Zsuzsa, we discovered that she had learnt so much from her experience with us in the settings we attended as well - which is a really good outcome.
Today We have had a lie in, which was lovely after many early starts!
Kath and I are all packed and ready to set off on our journey back home.
What an amazing experience I have had, with some amazing people in a variety of amazing settings…. If you ever have this or similar opportunities you should take them!
Throughly our time we have said you only get out of the experience what you put in, and I am exhausted! I have learnt so much, experienced many things and I will take this experience home with me, it will influence my life for a long time to come!
Hungary will now always have a special place in my heart
So for now, I’m off to start the 12hours travelling back!
Today we have learnt about fair stimulation, which is about the senses, and how the school use the main room transformed into a mini sensory room
Today a group of University students attended the school today to see how society react to disabled people. They study public health at Debrecen university.
There is a voluntary worker who is also a uni student Who studies biology
Dog therapy is at 10am “wonder dog” which was fabulous, the children were very responsive to the therapy and appeared to enjoy his company. (I know I did, he reminded me of how much I miss my boys)
11 am was movement therapy, they will do this 20mins each day, then work with treasure box massage items, then the obstacle course in the room to outside, with colour, mirrors textures and differing shapes
Everything is a therapy for the children, eating, loo, congratulating themselves etc
(I think I struggle with the use of the word therapy and maybe I should be looking at development as the process?)
Each of the children pick a picture and wear the hat and sing a poem, with the children swapping the hat so they all have a go, then the ball game where they are rewarded with a stamp on their hand and a gesture is being clever and congratulating themselves.
Gestures differ, there is a book of gestures which can be used
In the afternoon they lie down but no sleep they have massage
Each child has 3 individual sessions per week.
Social integration is a huge part of their learning and societies, Friday will see the rabbit from the mall so they are preparing for the rabbit today (man dressed up)
We were able to go and have a look into the psychologist room, and discussed methods which depend on age and mental level,
We were all keen to discuss conductive education with the school, and they would like to adopt the approach, but the state do not approve of the method.
What a beautiful place with amazing children and young people, I feel privileged to have experience of this place.