Wednesday, September 8, 2010

In Which Connor Is Amazing!

Connor had a great day in therapy today!

Connor doesn't have school on Wednesdays, so those are his big outside therapy days.  Connor now has back-to-back PT and OT, which is pretty intense!  This is a schedule that would have completely exhausted him last year, but this year he hasn't had any trouble with it.  Other than a mild round of poutiness halfway through, he did really well.

He spent quite a bit of time on the swings today, which is always a favorite pastime.  We saw a couple of new things today while swinging, though, which were pretty exciting!  Connor was using one of the typical plastic bucket toddler-type swings, and it was suspended just low enough that his feet could rest on the ground.  He actually started using his feet to push himself around and make the swing go!  You could tell he was concentrating really hard to figure out how to deliberately straighten his knees out and push off to get the swing started, and then to pull his legs in so that his feet wouldn't brush against the ground.  He only did it a couple of times, but that's a great start.

The other exciting thing that happened was that Connor decided to hang on to the rope attached to the swing!  This is fairly rough stuff, and so it's some pretty good sensory input and normally we would have to force him to touch it.  This time he did it completely voluntarily!  He was wildly praised for it, of course, so hopefully we'll see some more of that.

I am so proud and excited at how far he's come just over the last few weeks.  The fact that he's learning to consciously bend and straighten his knees is a huge step towards standing on his own, and the strides that he's made in sensory work have been nothing short of amazing. 

I can't wait to see what my big boy will do next!



xraevision said...

I don't think there is any doubt that Connor is amazing! I'm always so happy to hear about his new accomplishments. Way to go, Connor!

Julia said...

Atta boy, Connor! So glad to hear it....

Wherever HE Leads We'll Go said...

Connor never ceases to amaze me! Very exciting!

Pam Bell said...

What an inspiring little boy! Hope his days are full of "Attaboys!" as he's working so hard. As are his parents. You are inspiring too.

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