I was SO nervous today! I left Jules at daycare for the first time, so I could go up and map out my co-op stuff. Apparently, she did great! She was perfectly fine with me leaving, ran around like a mad woman the whole time I was gone, and was happy to see me when I got her at 5pm! So that was a huge relief; I missed her like crazy though! And I kept thinking I left her somewhere on the drive up and back from the co-op b/c she wasn't in the car seat lol Her skin was a non-issue, and none of the kids asked any questions or made her feel bad. That was a big relief too.
The co-op is going to be GREAT. I'm so excited, I can't wait to start! I'm going to be there on Wednesdays from 10am-2pm and Fridays from 9 or 10am-12 or 1pm (depending on the activity). Mondays I'm going to participate in the morning group therapy sessions - eventually I'll be able to help lead them, and I'll definitely have an active role in guiding the session when I'm not helping run them. Then from 1-2pm on Wed. they have a staff meeting, where they review the client cases, set up strategies to help them, etc. They also have classes on Wed. to teach them different strategies. Most of the clients there are not socially able to function - they have schizophrenia, or sever bipolar, severe depression, borderline personality disorder, etc - so a lot of the classes are teaching them basic things such as hygiene or a nutritionally sound diet. Fridays will be MY group! I'll be running my own recreation group with the clients - we were talking about my doing a guided meditation session, or yoga session, or hook up with another staff member to do a music appreciation class (b/c I play guitar and violin). THAT is going to be awesome, because I'll be the one leading the class!! Plus, I'll be getting anywhere from 6-15 credits for the co-op! 15 credits is more than 1 semester, I hope I can get that much!
I'm so excited for this opportunity, and it'll really give me an edge. Most people in my position (undergraduate level with no psychiatric experience) don't get to be so involved, I really lucked out! And I think Julia will be benefiting from this socialization at daycare, and maybe push her along with her eating therapy, seeing other kids eat around her. [img]http://www.ichthyosis.com/ubb/smile.gif