Unfortunately, though she handles STUFF in her mouth, she doesn't have the control with her tongue to move food around or the ability- right now- to get anything down (she gags). She does tolerate brushing her teeth, the inside of her mouth, and chewing on fabric... We start ST soon I think and I know that will be beneficial!
For children with visual impairments our vision therapist recommends covering the underside of trays with black contact paper. This cuts down on visual distraction (the floor, child’s legs, etc.) and allows the child to visually focus on the toys on their tray.
Taya - EC PreK Teacher
Wonderful to know! Thank you!
We will be doing PT and ST and yes, we'll be trying to get her to walk. We have the wheelchair for upright play, therapy, and school as well as general transportation so she can see the world :) Also, she needs proper positioning to learn to be upright and this will help provide that as well.
Susan said... How generous! I do hope the wheelchair can be modified as needed.
Has Emma begun physical therapy yet? Physical and/or occupational therapists can be great in assessing just what sort of wheelchair is needed to help Emma achieve her potential...and would also know how to modify this very kind gift to fit her.
Given Emma's CP diagnosis, it would seem to me that your insurance would surely cover physical therapy prescribed by her pediatrician, at least the initial assessment and perhaps short-term treatments that could later be continued at home. What does her pediatrician say about PT?
BTW, I was delighted to see Emma sitting up on her own again - this little girl really wants to be up and involved!
We will be having a PT eval probably next week and maybe ST at the same time. I just talked to our PT today and she said she'd make sure that it's set up well for Emma and has experience in that :)
Kathy said... Wow. tired much?
NO and YES LOL I would LOVE a nap most days, or to just sleep through the night would be good, so yes, I am tired a lot. But... that's why God created Coca~Cola :)
Yes, we use it with the girls sometimes (Emma often) but it somehow doesn't work for Micah. He gets really irritable and restless when we've given it to him in the past.
Mer- Didn't I teach you that saying when you interned! LOL I know we experienced this!!!!! :) Yeah for K's great listening skills!!! I love Mrs. L!! :) T.G.
I hadn't heard it this way! Can I blame it on being pregnant when I was interning?? :) I'm so glad it looks like the kids will be at your school next year though! ALL FOUR!
THANKS EVERYONE FOR YOUR KIND WORDS AND SHARING ABOUT YOUR OWN FAMILIES ON MY DIFFERENCES POST! I WAS ESPECIALLY GLAD TO HEAR FROM YOU KARLA AND HOPE TO GET TO SEE YOU AGAIN SOMETIME- AND NICK TOO!
Yes, I think that's made a HUGE difference for her! She's doing great now that her heart is working!
HAHAHA... yeah, I know... not happening, is it?