Seven Children Complete Therapy Day Camp

Posted: 8/30/2012

Occupational Therapist Skylar Sinkey works with two children on sensory integration and self-regulation techniques.Seven local children recently completed Brookings Health System’s summer Therapy Day Camp, held July 30 through Aug. 16.

The theme-based, communication enriched camp allowed participating children to have fun while working on improving their target need areas, including speech and language skills, fine motor and sensory processing skills.

“Some children do not receive therapy at their school,” said Occupational Therapist Skylar Sinkey, who worked with children at the camp. “The camp allowed those kids to learn habits they can take back with them to the classroom. For those kids who do receive therapy at school, the camp allowed them to maintain their skills over summer.”

Speech Language Pathologist Amy Stoel helps Bo work on his articulation and resonance. “The camp was intentionally scheduled right before the school year started,” said the camp’s Speech Language Pathologist Amy Stoel. “It was able to serve as a jump-start to the school year.”

The camp atmosphere also allowed children to work on their specific improvement areas in a group setting, a unique aspect from traditional, one-on-one therapy sessions. In addition, parents were given tips for helping their children to follow through and continue their progress at home.

For more information Brookings Health System’s comprehensive therapy services, or to discover how therapy may benefit your child, call (605) 696-8821.

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes a 49-bed hospital, the 79-bed Brookview Manor nursing home, and Brookhaven Estates apartments. It is a non-profit, city-owned facility that offers the community a full range of inpatient, outpatient, and extended care services. The emergency room is staffed 24 hours a day and provides around the clock medical-nursing care for patient needs ranging from minor injuries to life threatening crises. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at brookingshealth.org.