Jayden really is one of a kind. The way he moves his body is so fascinating. When you hold him you can feel all his joints pop in and out like a rag doll, yet this kid is so strong. He has all the tools he needs to become a walker but a big skill is missing -- control.
When we first started PT with Jayden both myself and the therapist were a bit baffled as to what the best approach with Jayden is. At first you would think working on walking and using his walker would be priority but really that's probably the last thing we really want to do.
We decided to slow things down and literally slow him down and start working on slow smooth movements. He can not really produce these movements by himself but we have been working on trying to produce them for him and try to teach him body how to find a little control.
Sometimes it's hard to see progression a daily basis. Obviously I can look at Angela now and be blown away by the social little girl she has become. But last year it sometimes was hard to see and we would often get overwhelmed by just the thought of how much learning and retraining she had to do. The same in kinda true with Jayden, but last week at the park I was totally floored by how far he has come in the past two months.
last week Jayden sat on a swing with no restraints and quietly enjoyed swinging back and forth. No moving from side to side, no flapping his arms, no turning around backwards and trying to climb up the swing -- he just simply sat peacefully. This is amazing and it's something we are seeing more and more of.
Jayden also is now able to be put to bed at night while still awake and he will safely put himself to sleep without preparing for the Olympics in his crib -- he can fall asleep in just a few minuets! Did I mention he even took a nap in his crib during the day. Again -- this is major stuff.
When we first wrote Jayden's new IFSP goals one of them was to be more aware of his surroundings and to be able to safely interact with his siblings. Done. He has already achieved this goal and actually surpassed it. He has made so much improvement in his ability to control his body and emotions and be able to find peace and rest.
He has a long way to go to be able to fully control his body and walk safety -- but he sure is getting there!