Saturday, February 23, 2013

A Little Ball of Fire

That is what Alex's PT referred to him as this past week when he was unstoppable at therapy. He was doing everything from four point, to using his right hand, walking in the gait trainer and riding the bike. All of these things were done in the course of an hour and I am sure he would have kept going if his time wasn't up.

Four Point is Alex's least favorite position. He is on all fours bearing weight through his arms which is a hard task for him, but it is something he needs to learn in order to keep growing. He has learned to enjoy it more on a ball, but the floor or a mat is a little bit harder. He is getting there, he just has to keep practicing.

Alex's dominiant arm and hand are his left, but if that is restricted he is forced to use his right hand or do nothing. There was a time when he would do just that....nothing. He would sit there and wait for someone to help him, but as time has gone on, he has made more of an effort to open his right hand and use it to obtain certain objects. I am sure he will be casted again when we get back into OT. It proves to be somewhat effective for him.

Alex seemed to be getting bored of the gait trainer in his therapy sessions, so he took a week off from it and went back to it on Wednesday. I don't know if it was because he was on a roll or if the Botox injections helped, but he took of and was done walking his route in half the time as he normally is. It usally takes him 15-20 minutes to complete the course which leads him to the waiting room to meet me. On Wednesday, he made it in 7-10 minutes, so they turned him around and put him in the bike to finish out his session.

Normally on the bike his PT will guide him and push him along so he is feeling the rotation in his legs, but he isn't actually pushing the pedals himself. On Wednesday for the first time, he pedaled four revolutions on his own!!! I couldn't believe it when she told me. This boy never ceases to amaze me. He truly is a remarkable little man and my little ball of fire.