Our Hope

By sharing our story and our experiences with this birth injury we will hopefully educate people. Knowledge is power. Our hope is that you will read this blog, share it with your friends, and they will share with their friends. Then in some small way we have prevented other families from having to go through what we have.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

What We Have Been Up To

Our focus since returning from Philadelphia has been fine motor.  We discussed Jadon's possible tendon transfer  for his wrist in a year with our therapist and she feels that working on hand function is a top priority.  So the focus has been fine motor, fine motor, fine motor.

We have recently started a workbox system that seems to be working pretty well.  I say it is workbox time and Jadon goes over to see what surprises await him today.  We work in number order to help Jadon with learning to recognize his numbers.  There are six boxes that should take us about an hour to get through depending on the interest level in each activity.  If he is really into an activity we will not move on until he is ready so we don't always get through all six boxes. The workboxes are a combination of preschool learning activities and therapy activites.

Below is an example of one of the fine motor activities that I include in at least one of the above boxes each day.  I got these heart sticks from The Dollar Tree.  I thought they were perfect to put beads on. 

The Angry Birds Knock On Wood edition game was in one of the other boxes.  Jadon loves this game and has to use Righty to make the catapult work so it is excellent fun therapy!

On the suggestion of our awesome therapist we ordered these special self opening scissors for Righty to practice with.  He does not look forward to doing this but is getting better at it each time! 
 Here is a picture of the scissors we ordered from this awesome website The Therapy Shoppe along with some cool tweezers and grabbers for Righty.  This is a great website for specialty toys for any skill you are working on!

Jadon cut all three blue squares in the picture above with Righy.  MAJOR accomplishment!  So proud of this boy!

Here is a video of Jadon using Righty to take beads off of the stick after he was finished.  We do what seem like little things like this each day hoping that they all add up in the end!