Abby's PT (at school) has devoted a lot of time this year to her arm strength. We are starting to concede (a little) that her balance will only come so far. So with that concession made we have decided to do everything in our power to make her balance less of an issue. Strategy #1 is to improve her strength, specifically her upper body. Stronger arms mean better ability to hold on and better ability to brace for impact during falls. It isn't great on her arms but it sure helps her head.
We have seen some very small incremental changes throughout the year but nothing too major... until this weekend. The NJ weather has been extremely kind this winter so we have been able to enjoy lots of outside time. This weekend the four of us were in the driveway playing basketball. Our next door neighbor (we share a driveway) has a full size hoop and we put a kiddie hoop next to it.
The girls were taking turns throwing their little ball into the small hoop. We quickly realize, much to our dismay, that tiny way kicking Grace's butt at throwing a basketball. Bear in mind that Grace is an incredible athlete. She is fast and strong and oddly coordinated for a four and a half year old. And yet, Abby was throwing the basketball with better control and accuracy than her "bigger" sister. You could have knocked me over with a feather.
So it seems the hours and hours of work are starting to pay off. Now if we can get her to grow a little maybe she'll have a future in the WNBA. ;D