Allie's new favorite thing is to ride on Dada's shoulders. She gets up there and cannot stop laughing. She often belly laughs to the point where she is hunching over Jonathan's head and she loves to stick her fingers in his ear and watch him jump.
Allie had a kick-butt constraint therapy session yesterday. She saw her
therapist, lifted up Righty to give her a high-five, and then was using
her right hand to do all sorts of things that I didn't think possible.
Her therapist even pointed out that Allie is getting some muscle
definition in her right shoulder because she is using it so much.
I am very encouraged that she is able to do so much. Her therapist and I
were sitting there amazed that Allie was picking up bracelets, chewing
on them, blowing kisses, pushing buttons, and doing all sorts of other
things with a hand that a few months ago was a tight little immobile
fist. She has come a long way.
We have been trying many different forms for e-stim. We focused on
her bicep for a couple sessions but it didn't seem to do much. Allie is
gaining control of her bicep on her own so she would fight the forced
Yesterday, we tried estim on her forearm and her thumb to create a little wrist extension and help open her thumb and pointer finger. It worked beautifully. Allie was able to get her hand more open than it normally is when she grabs things herself. I think we finally found a good spot.
Other than that, we are trying to get her into a crash course physical therapy walking class for the summer. We really want her up and walking independently by the time she has to move into her new daycare class this August. She is totally capable of doing it now but she can't seem to make the connection from walking with our assistance to independent cruising. I'm sure one day she will just get up and walk away from us (I'm envisioning this happening during an occupational therapy session where we try to get her to put silly pegs in silly holes---she really gets annoyed with us then). But, until then, we will just keep walking her around. Her daycare teachers keep telling us how sore their backs are from hunching over to walk Allie places. They are the best teachers ever for constantly trying!