Thursday, October 18, 2012

In Which Connor Tries Out Some New Wheels

Connor got his new chair for his wheelchair base yesterday, which is pretty exciting!  The chair back and sides are much firmer and less flexible than his former chair, so it gives his back a lot more support.  He sits up much taller in it and it doesn't allow him to slouch over onto the side where his scoliosis curves to.  I don't think he's a huge fan of it as of yet as it's probably not quite as comfortable, but it will be much better for him in the long run.

He's been working with a gait trainer at physical therapy after school; this is the first time he's tried it with his new ankle-foot orthotics.  He hasn't figured out how to pick up his feet yet, but he's putting good weight through his legs and he can roll backwards a bit.  I'm not surprised it's difficult for him to figure out what he needs to do to move around-- this isn't something we're able to practice easily at home, so it's not a concept he's seen a lot of.  Either way it's excellent practice in torso control whether or not he figures out how to walk in it, and he's very interested in being upright and engaged in the exercise.  I'm excited to see how he progresses in the next few weeks!


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