Friday, March 28, 2008

Huge leap in ability to sit, stand, play, listen


Watch his little feet in the first clip stand from kneeling with Carrie his PT... love it

Sitting: We've been working on this gravity defying activity for Reuben since October with 2 sessions of PT and 1 session of OT a week, and yesterday he sat much of the way through Deaf School with Christine and I looking on in disbelief. On occasion, he would put his sweet hands out to the side to steady himself on my legs, but feeling that safety blanket there, would withdraw his hands and sit mesmerised again watching us signing and singing the Alphabet Song. Suddenly with sitting he can be so much more independent. I sincerely hope he can continue this wonderful progress and on Monday, show his OT Juliana that he didn't really deserve the completely off the scale "1" score for gross motor where average is 8-12 based on a being lazy day assessment. Incidentally at that same assessment, he scored "10" for fine motor skills, the small muscle control required to undertake hand-eye coordination tasks. Not bad after 10 weeks with your hands tied down during intubation on the ventilator! And "8" for cognitive ability.

He continues to love to stand, pulling himself up with my bent left leg whilst sitting on my straight right leg. It's more than a reflex: his legs are bent denoting an ability to support and shift weight. He enjoys too the few supported steps towards a favourite toy like his hand-me-down exersaucer where he will bang away the required 3x on one of the colourful buttons until his favourite Beethoven track comes on and then listen patiently until that tune's finished before he starts the banging again. That's music to my ears!

Tummy time despite hours of PT with Carrie is still a no no. He thoroughly enjoys showtime, his personal favourites being Signing Time (of course) and now Toy Story II. So, using video as a huge motivator, we set his DVD player up in front of him whilst he's in prone position. Funny then how tummy time becomes a little easier...

6 comments:

Eva Nichole said...

That is wonderful, way to go Reuben Keep up the great work!!
Hugs,
Crystal and Eva

Ericap said...

Wonderfully thrilling to watch, thanks so much for sharing these great, precious and very personal moments with us.
Erica
x

Amélie Mia Chan said...

Reuben is really doing great such huge progress you must be delighted and its great when hard work is paying off ...keep the good work up

hugs the Chans

Geraldine said...

YOu can definitely see his feet tucking underneath and flat to pull himself up. It's a real leap forward...

Well done xxx

ellen charge said...

getting stronger love ya

ypersico said...

I truly am bursting with joy as Reuben continues to unfold and demonstrate his great wholeness and capacity..... simply delicious!!! Thinking of you all today, as I think it is a day for LBE and PE Tubes. Those days are long behind us and Keith, and yet they are right here at my memory's fingertips.... love, y