Monday, November 24, 2014

Constraint therapy, round 4

I got an unexpected call the other day from the Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI) where Allie does her constraint therapy.  At the end of the last session, I had told them that we wanted to do another round of the month-long casting next spring.  The woman on the phone called to offer us a spot.  

Allie will be doing her fourth round of constraint therapy mid-April to mid-May 2015.  

The best part is that Allie is really excited about it.  She wants her new cast to show her friends and to make Righty "REALLY strong".  

We have been so impressed with Allie's Righty usage.  She does things regularly that I didn't think she'd be able to do.  She uses Righty naturally and sometimes we don't even jump up and down about it.  Stuff like watching her rub her itchy nose with her right hand or picking up a big toy with two hands no longer gets wild praise; it's just what she does.  I can't tell you what a relief it is to watch her flourish.   

I believe that a large part of her Righty success is due to constraint therapy.  It will be interesting to see how the logistics of this round go with Andrew in tow.  But, logistical pains aside, the program is totally worth it and we're excited to see how it goes.

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