Playdate and Proprioception

Freya left us a little calendar of events that Easter Seals is hosting for the rest of the year. The first thing on the list was for “Water Play and Motor Movement” at Town square Children’s Park for 10 am this morning. I thought it would be a perfect chance to expose Jacob to Freya a bit more and to get the other kids out of the house!!! Only 5 days left until school and we all can hardly wait!

We played in the water, all except for Jacob. I don’t know what it is about the water parks but he had the same type of fear in Utah when we visited Gateway. It was interesting because Freya held him for a bit and after a few minutes I looked over and saw the two of them in the water, getting sprayed. I think there are some special magical powers that they give you when you become a child therapist. I don’t know how she did it but he was laughing and enjoying himself. Even though we had to rush back home after an hour for OT therapy, I’m so glad that we went because Jacob and Freya made a very important connection today that will hopefully help in later sessions.

Like I said, we had to hurry home to meet Rebecca at 11:30. She did a lot of proprioceptive work (body awareness). Rebecca did some joint compressions to start off the hour and then she had Jacob ride her scooter. Last time she did this it wasn’t a huge hit. It’s not that he didn’t like it but it had to be on his terms (on his stomach). This time he was sitting up and at some points even kneeling on it.

We moved on to blanket rides. She started with a lot of input around the body (wrapped tightly and holding the blanket at a point close to his body). She gradually, with each pass, moved to less input (just sitting on the open blanket being pulled by a corner).

She reinforced her idea of using a weighted animal or baby especially when we go to learn a new motor task. She said that it will really help his body awareness.

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