Written by Heidi:
From the time Ethan
was 3 months old I asked and asked and asked his neurologist for an OT referral. His
first sign that OT might be necessary where his fists. He clenched them .... ALL the time.
Even during sleep. I believe that the doctors were so thrilled that his cerebellum was growing to the right size (it hadn't been before 3 months old on ultrasound). At this point we hadn't had an MRI
yet, so we were unaware of his RS. Because of the "normal size" they just wanted to
throw him into the "normal" category. By 6 months it was becoming obvious this wasn't going to happen.
So finally, at 8 months we had our initial
evaluation. And so it began. Therapy became our life. Everywhere I looked
I saw therapy. Play became therapy. Diaper changes became
therapy. We brushed him, yes I said brushed, from head to toe with
those infant hairbrush they give you at the hospital. This was to
stimulate his neurons. We wanted to get them going and activated (we were told this should happen before age 2). We had bean boxes, ( I believe every kid needs one....what
fun!), we had putty to hide buttons and coins...great travel therapy!
so our days of therapy continue. OT has been loads of fun with
Therapeutic Listening, seek and find puzzles, a push pin letter thing I
made up and so on. But it has paid off! His writing is so close to his
peers. All this being said tying his shoes is a constant battle...but that is every