Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Physical Therapy

The physical therapist came this morning.  She was here about an hour and a half.  She assessed all five domains - physical, cognitive, social/emotional, verbal, and adaptive behaviors.  Of course she didn't tell me her final assessment today. She has to look over the paperwork, add up the scores and such.  It was a very interesting process, and of course the nerdy-educator in me enjoyed hearing what she had to say/explain.  This assessment will also be combined with Buddy's medical history/NICU history and other things to see if he needs/qualifies for any additional help.  The gist of what I got today (of course this is not official):

  • verbal - very good

  • cognitive & adaptive -nothing really mentioned either way

  • social/emotional - a smidge behind

  • physical - behind


The therapist talked about the importance of crawling (which he doesn't have to be doing quite yet with his adjusted age {means premature age not calendar age} but should be working on soon).  I learned how important crawling is to the brain development because of the right/left brain research.  I knew about the right/left crossovers with teaching older children, but I didn't even think of it with my own little guy.  Crawling helps his brain make connections because his right hand moves with his left foot and vice versa.  Crawling also helps his core muscles in his back develop, and it is important for arm muscle strength. This is the only "natural" time in our lives we really work on upper body/arm muscles - crawling.  These muscles/skills will be important for balance development and such.  Putting weight on his hands will also play a role in later handwriting and cutting skills. The therapist also talked about Buddy being able to cross the midline for other developmental skills.  It really was interesting to me, but of course I'm a nerd, and I love learning this type of stuff.  It made me reflect on some students I had with motor skill/coordination issues, and I stopped to wonder if they had any issues in early childhood.  But I digress...

The therapist reiterated how important tummy time is.  We do tummy time several times a day, but she gave me some ideas on how to make that time more productive/beneficial. She also gave me some advice on helping Buddy get used to standing on his feet so that we can begin really working on him putting his weight on his legs.  The therapist said two of her own children were preemies, so that made me feel so much better.  She also was really positive about the fact that Buddy is still nursing, and encouraged me to not feel like I have to rush the weaning process just because he is turning one soon - waiting until August is just fine.

Buddy was a little grouchy today because he is teething, but when he wasn't on his belly or attempting to take papers or a computer that were the therapists, he was a sweet baby throughout the process.  I am so proud of how he is doing verbally and with his fine motor-skills. He did a great job picking up his Cheerios with a thumb/finger instead of his whole hand, so his "pincher-skills" are emerging. :)  He babbled and interacted with the therapist and showed off how well he was doing in that area.

He is such a joy, and I love him with all of my heart.  It really doesn't matter what the test shows or what the charts say.  He is perfect to me, just the way he is.

4 comments:

  1. Mia HATED tummy time. As soon as she could roll over, she did, and never looked back.

    As an aside, I never walked. I went straight from belly scooting/rolling, to sitting up, to cruising, and then walking, and I just graduated with a Masters degree and never had any problems in school until I had Statistics as a college freshman ;)

    The educator side of me buys into the brain theory of crawling, but I think there are exceptions to every rule, too. All kids are unique, I guess, do things their own way, in their own time.

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  2. I totally agree that there are exceptions! Someone I know just recently mentioned to me that their daughter didn’t crawl except for maybe a day or two – went right to walking. And this little girl is super-smart already.
    Someone else also told me that babies/toddlers who often are behind physically have great verbal/academic skills. I would much rather my baby be smart than an athlete! :) Of course, with his genetic code, it will be God-breaking-the code if he ends up an athlete, haha!

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  3. I totally agree that there are exceptions! Someone I know just recently mentioned to me that their daughter didn't crawl except for maybe a day or two - went right to walking. And this little girl is super-smart already.
    Someone else also told me that babies/toddlers who often are behind physically have great verbal/academic skills. I would much rather my baby be smart than an athlete! :) Of course, with his genetic code, it will be God-breaking-the code if he ends up an athlete, haha!

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  4. Isn't it amazing what crawling can do! Luke's therapists always joke that Luke can start standing and taking steps if he wants to, but he WILL crawl....whether he learns that at 18 months or when he's 4 years old, he will learn it! They are very insistent!

    My sister never crawled and she's uber-smart. So...you never know about these things. But, overall, I agree with the research.

    I'm glad it went well. This whole parenting process has given me a new appreciation for early childhood ed. It is SO true that if things don't go right at the beginning, it is hard to make up for it later! I've thought back on so many of my students and thought..."mmmhh...maybe that's what was going on!"

    We'll talk more...I'm interested to hear what she had to say about tummy time. I need all the ideas I can get for Luke. And...I'll be happy to share any of our info with you too!


    And, yes...our kiddos are perfect because they were uniquely designed by THE Creator!

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