So, ride along with us for a bit, as I share what we are doing. Next week we'll have the newly engineered and super-improved spin table (having a mechanical engineer for a grandpa is a wonderful blessing for da Creature) and more of the therapy room equipment will be delivered by then, too, so you can see Level THREE, but for now...here's his very proud Level Two! :)
NOTE: all the exercises we are using were custom-chosen by da Creature's OT, and are specific to HIS needs as determined by lengthy (and *cough* expensive) evaluations. This blog is about DIS CREATURE'S journey through the spectrum of fun, and not intended to address the needs of ANY OTHER CREATURES. Got it? MY Creature's stuff. You can always tell your OT that you like the ideas and ask, but no theivin' and then gripin', OKAY? Thanks, the mgmt.
Next is the elevator. Legs up, legs down, ten reps. Not a hard one, just have to stay on those elbows!
Pat-a-foot involves ten reps of each foot tapping the opposite foot on the giant funhouse mirror sister. He's slacking in this picture, but admittedly, it was very distracting to have Mommy taking pictures.
Tick Tock is very hard for da Sister. Da Creature is beasting it out though. He likes it especially when she's groaning and moaning at him because for some crazy reason he's GOOD at this one. You go side to side and you can't flop your feet on the ground, and you have to keep them straight. Pretty standard stuff, really, but still mysterious why this one is easy for him. I'll take it though!
|Wiggle In, Wiggle Out, AKA "the Butt Scoot Boogie"|
After a brief respite of schooching forward and back they head back to the floor for one more ab exercise, and then, it's BALL TIME!!!!! (These are really really hard for da Creature, but he's working hard and they are getting better every day)
|Twist and Pat|
|Out and Back|
Crossover clap: nightmare thing to teach. Roll forward, legs straight and together, then opposite hands pick up from floor and clap the funhouse mirror hands. Balance is so very very hard. At first, I had to hold his legs. At least now he can stay sort of on the ball. This set of ten (in, then out) can take fifteen minutes with all the resets. I'm hoping his rate of improvement will continue and this will get easier.
|Catch w/ 2 hands, throw w/1|
Catch with two hands; throw with one. This would be difficult enough for da Creature on dry land, but on the BOSU ball, it's so very very hard. He loves it, and there is a nifty thing on its way to throw balls into (a mesh tent movie themed ball goal that's super awesome) but for now, we're throwing the balls in a plastic bucket, which proves that one can do the same task with less nifty stuff. My goal, though, is to duplicate the stuff as much as possible so that his brain only has to process the task, not the stuff every time. Stuff takes a lot of processing space that the tasks need.
|Paddle Pass on Mats|
Paddle Pass on mats involves standing on the ever-shifting mats, balancing, and catching the ball with the suction-cup paddle. It's a LOT harder at home, because we don't have mats yet, and are using the sofa cushions. It's hard at OT, too, because any task that involves his gross motor lack of skills with balance is really difficult for da Creature, but it's still fun, because every so often, you hit Mommy in the face with the ball, and she has to smile. *wry smile*
|Bean Bucket Search|
I cannot imagine how we will add the spin work with all of this, but I know we will. Next week, I'll write another post about how that goes. I know this is helping, but I want that music montage where we did the work and the progress is so wonderful and good that the day to day work is a distant memory, a fugue of triumphal moments, not a daily drudge. Meanwhile, let's drudge it out some more for hope and light and life. Later's from the therapy room.
|He likes the BOSU ball a LOT|