The beginning of 2017 saw our first 2 Developmental Orientation and Mobility (DOM) trainees complete their training and step up to become DOM Specialists. Ernie Belk and Melanie Harvey completed their professional competencies and core Specialist Teaching papers at the end of 2016.
Abby Higgs and Rachel Irvine will complete their professional competencies and Massey papers to commence as Specialist DOMs at the end of 2017 and Helen Blundell and Julie Bowen are completing year 1 of the two year training at the end of 2017.
The team, including three registered Occupational Therapists, is currently exploring BLENNZ role in the curriculum area of Life Skills.
In partnership with Massey University, to date we have successfully seen 40 Resource Teachers (Vision) achieve the Supporting DOM on campus course; 17 achieve the Supporting DOM programmes in the Community Course and 10 teaching staff achieve the ADL course.
From back left: Rachel Irvine; Helen Blundell; Trish Ward; Melanie Harvey; Ernie Belk; Abby Higgs; Nicola McDowell
From front left: Jennifer Hoatten; Julie Bowen; Kay Daly; Gendy Ritzema; Marie Cooper