Visiting Occupational Therapist Diane Maxson
Diane Maxson is an American occupational therapist (OT) with over 40 years of experience in working with children with developmental disabilities. Diane recently took time off from her busy schedule and volunteered in Sri Lanka for 3 weeks to provide training to professionals and to work directly with children.
During the first week Diane was here she conducted a 4-day workshop on sensory integration (SI) for children with autism at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya in Ragama. There were more than 30 OTs who attended the workshop from all across the country. The last day of the workshop was spent in creating low-cost OT equipment from locally sourced material such bicycle tubes and ropes. This helped OTs who participated to understand that they don’t require expensive equipment to provide SI input for children with autism. Instead, they could just make their own equipment!
Diane’s last two weeks were spent working directly with children and families in Colombo as well as at our multidisciplinary clinic at Ragama. Having the opportunity to learn from Diane and having clinical input from her regarding children with developmental disabilities was really an invaluable opportunity. This visit was made possible through the collaborative efforts of The Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Children’s Discovery House, and The Occupational Therapy Association of Sri Lanka.