We have reached the end of our conductive education semester.
And we have learned alot being one-on-one with Abagail
Nickolas has been learning that he has the ability to use the walker for long distances (he just needs some extra encouragement)
We've been working on some sensory stuff, to get Nickolas to understand what it feels like - for him - when he has something under his feet.
I love watching Nickolas do this.
Nickolas is rolling a roll of play dough back and forth, feeling what it feels like and we are encouraging him to feel it with his toes (he gets flicker of movement in his toes, and more directed movement in his big toe - especially the right side)
Sometimes when we want him to move his foot - he grabs his leg with his hands and shakes his leg and foot. He thinks he is being funny.
There is lots of stuff that we have been working on.
Nick has been rope - walking. And doing well
I really believe that this is what has made Nickolas much more independent with his walking around furniture. If he can walk holding some moving ropes, then he can walk holding onto a couch, or reach between stuff!
We've tried something new in the last weeks. Climbing a ladder!
And Nick is definitely a hat lover! Incentive is the key, and fun
Every construction worker has some tools
This what I love about conductive education - Nickolas is working on the little things like OT tasks, but he doesn't know that he is. He thinks he is having fun
Even doing his own bending and cleaning up - without encouragement.
Just because he wants to.
We have lots of transition walking with the canes.
I need to find where to get these for a good price. Nick likes walking with them - they give him freedom he can't get with a bulky walker. But we can borrow them for as long as he is in conductive education, but need to give them up when he is done.
Fun, functional, working and wonder.
Cleaning a mirror!
If only I can get him to do this at home...
This is another area that Nickolas has excelled at.
Confidence in cruising and reaching to get to where he wants, and knows, he can go.
Balance and confidence. Balance and confidence. Balance and confidence.
That is really what we have been spending the last couple of months working on. (Have I said this enough yet)
Standing and balancing and then lets just change something and make him work harder (in this case spreading his knees so he isn't pushing them together).
I think this happy boy is glad that we are doing so much conductive education too!
(At the end of last semester he still hated sitting on the peanut ball)
We are going to miss you Abigail!