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Stander success!

We are seeing instant results from the stander! Emily is bearing weight on her legs with support for a few seconds several times in a row now before she’s tired of trying. That’s after less than a week in the stander. I’m shocked and actually now thinking about the day she will pull to a stand. 🙂

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Homemade rocker board for vestibular stimulation

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If you don’t want to buy a $300 rocker board, make one! (The small boards aren’t that expensive but I needed one that was big enough for Emily to lay down on.) This is 4 pieces of wood with a yoga mat attached on top.

This is part of Emily’s MNRI program. She is to spend 10 minutes a day rocking on it. But the big kids love it and vestibular stimulation and balance practice is good for everyone! Especially those growing, learning brains.

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DMO Glove

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Here is the DMO glove on. It took months to get it as it comes from the UK and they are essentially back ordered due to the sudden high demand. Emily’s DMO suit is fantastic but the jury is still out on the glove for us. While it does hold her thumb out nicely, she uses the hand much less often when it’s on and can’t really hold anything with it. It will be worth wearing for a month to see if it does increase the tone I her hand as her grip is currently very weak. It is difficult to get on and she does complain a bit during that few minute process. When I zip it all the way up her thumb turns purple. Obviously, it’s a bit too tight. If we need to send it back for adjustments, that will be at least a month process. For now I will leave it slightly zipped down.

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SPIO glove

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The SPIO glove really helps Emily’s thumb position, which I was not expecting from a glove that only provides compression. She usually tucks her thumb into her fist , but as you can see here it is out I a more a natural position. The SPIO glove is easy to put on and she doesn’t mind it at all. Even when it’s on all day, she does not complain. I know when she is annoyed with a piece of equipment when she whines and wave that limb around. I really like the SPIO glove but the added hand use as a result of wearing it is yet to be seen after only a few days of use.

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Rolling down the ramp

Our girl is making huge strides these days. One of them is learning to roll from her back to her tummy. I put her on a ramp I made and help her by giving her something to follow with her eyes and over she goes! At this point she need help from gravity but yesterday I was able to lower the incline by about 6 inches and she was able to do it! Eventually, we will get down to the flat floor and she’ll be officially mobile as she already rolls from tummy to back. She just loves rolling down her ramp!