Mikey’s Person-Centered Minion Party
Mike, an individual who receives services at Merakey, had a Minion themed person-centered party at his home in Washington, PA in July. Not only does he enjoy the little yellow characters, but they share some key similarities. Like Minions, Mike has his own language. He uses a combination of vocalizations, gestures and expressions to communicate with his staff.
At the party, staff set up a “thick it” bar where they had the opportunity to experience different consistencies of liquids by adding “thick it”. This exercise helped them understand how the texture of a food or beverage affects taste and satisfaction. The “thick it” bar showcased the proper consistency of: nectar, honey and pudding.
There were tips for pureeing foods on Mike’s photo booth the “Michael Gazette”. Some of these tips included ”ALWAYS EMULSIFY” and “NOT TOO THICK OR TOO THIN”. During his party, Mike socialized with his “Minions” and shot a confetti cannon with hand-over-hand assistance. He also battered a Minion Piñata filled with his favorite snacks; bananas and Go-Gurt.
Direct Support Professionals Amber Dubielak and Kelsey Simmons took the Minion theme and ran with it. They created a menu of delicious Minion foods and a wonderful photo booth that Mike enjoyed during and after his person-centered party. Kelsey and Amber involved Mike in the party planning by offering him choices of everything, from colorful backgrounds to the name of his newspaper and choice of props. Kelsey and Amber hand-painted yellow Minion t-shirts for staff and guests, and a “Master of the Minions” shirt for Mike to wear. What a wonderful way to celebrate Mike and to learn more about him! Kelsey and Mike will be spending some time scrapbooking the memories of the party for Mike to look at and remember.
Pictured in photos: Mikey, Ryan – Direct Care Workers – Kelsey Simmons, Amber Dubielak, Richard Fraizer.