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Therapy Students Learn in Outdoor Environment

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Some children have the opportunity this week to change up their surroundings at the 3rd Annual Therapy in the Park event.

Occupational, physical, and speech therapists have their sessions with kids at the park.

This gives children a change of pace and an opportunity to learn in a fun environment.

Today, Tracey Lockrem is working with Grant Feist.

(Nat: "This is awesome doing this today." "This is awesome doing this today?") "These kids get an opportunity to be out in the community. They get an opportunity to do things that other kids do all the time and not only that, it gives the community a chance to interact with our kids and find out that, you know, we're just all souls who love to be in the outdoors and the functional things we can do," says Tracey Lockrem, Speech Language Pathologist.

Grant has a disorder called cluttering which makes it very difficult for him to say strings of more than two or three words in a sentence.

Tracey is working with him on how to say longer sentences.

Grant goes to weekly therapy sessions twice a week for 45 minutes each.

But both he and his mother look forward to this outdoor event every year.

(Nat: "When do they come back?" "Christmas break." "Try again." "Christmas break." "Very good.") "Every setting can be a speech therapy setting and you don't think about the park but it has a lot of communication needs, the other children, the stimulation, just the play time so speech doesn't always have to be hard work. It can be fun combined with the work that will enable him to become, you know, more proficient in what we're working at," says Renee Feist, Grant's Mom.

Therapy in the Park began the 5th of August and goes through the 9th.

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