Get your engine revving just right in our Engine Room!
We have based our Engine Room on the “How Does Your Engine Run” Alert Program book by Mary Sue Williams and Sherry Shellenberger. These famous American Occupational Therapists have mastered the art of self-regulation, which is that all-important ability to behave appropriately for the situation. For example, if your engine is revving high, but it’s time to go to bed, you might find yourself tossing and turning for ages, instead of drifting off gently to sleep. On the other hand, if your engine is revving low, but you need to get to school or work on time, you’re more than likely going to be late! When your engine revs just right for the occasion, you are said to be “regulated” and our Engine Room helps get kids’ engines revving just right so that they can learn complex skills in speech therapy, occupational therapy, psychology, counselling or physiotherapy.
Our Engine Room has a bit of an adventure island theme!
The engine room circuit starts with “walking the plank” which is a wooden deck that the children jump off onto a trampoline.
As if that doesn’t sound scary enough to uncoordinated adults like Aunty Helen, from the trampoline, the children jump onto a huge pile of crash pillows, known as “the island”.
From the island, the kids then go over the “turtle backs” before crawling through a “cave” while pushing a huge “rock”.
Next the children “sail across the 7 seas” by pulling themselves along on a scooterboard. Some kids sail sitting on the board, some standing, and some even lie on their backs!
When they get to the other side of the 7 seas, it’s time for the children to crawl through the “whale ribs” before climbing up the “volcano” and wrestling the giant bear at the top!