Kinnon Carves Up Life With Help From Occupational Therapy

Kinnon Carves Up Life - NDIS Story - Occupational Therapy

Kinnon is a typical 16 year old teenager living with his parents and younger sister. While he does enjoy going to school. Kinnon would rather spend his time hanging out with friends, playing videogames, going to the movies or visiting local shopping centres.

Kinnon has a history of Cerebral palsy and has had numerous surgeries to his lower limbs to replace bones, reposition joints including stretching and extending his muscles and tendons. Additionally, he has a moderate vision impairment, dyslexia and a cognitive delay.

He has been working with Emily McCleod, an Occupational Therapist on his goal to continue increasing his independence in activities of everyday living, such as personal care, domestic tasks, and community access. Most recently he has been working on using a knife, tying his shoelaces, and cutting his fingernails.

With support and guidance from Emily, Kinnon has transitioned from using a knife on playdough to cutting fruit, placing spreads on toast and helping with family meal preparation.

Kinnon’s family have seen his independence grow and his self-confidence skyrocket, so much so, that he now feels ready to get a part-time job!  We are pleased to see that his resilience and persistence has translated to building new life skills.

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