26 Apr

Last Thursday, we got to start some therapy for Jade.  She met with an occupational therapist and we’ll be going every week to work on her gross motor and fine motor skills.  In future (when the language pathologist who isn’t on maternity leave gets back to town!) we’ll also be working on her language skills.

At the first session, the therapist did some exercises with Jade to test for sensory dysfunction.  About two weeks ago, I observed that Jade had absolutely no reaction when an unscrewed sippy cup spilled water all over her front.  Upon doing a little research, I found that it’s not uncommon for epilepy to be connected with sensory dysfunction.  Suddenly, it seemed there might be a connection between the Jade’s lack of reaction to needles (she doesn’t even flinch) and her indifference to soggy diapers.  Although we didn’t reach a formal “conclusion” at therapy, I’m pretty convinced that Jade is very mildly hypo-tactile — that she has an under-active sense of touch.  So that will be something else we’ll be working on.  (And I’m so glad I never got over-anxious about potty-training, since this could contribute to the difficulties and is obviously something Jade has no control over!) 

The first therapy session went very well; Jade really enjoyed all the “games” with the therapist.  We were given a pair of spring-loaded scissors to practice with, as well as a toy that encourages both muscle-strengthening and fine motor skills (both on loan for the week).   We also learned some exercises to do with Jade to help build her muscles and coordination, like doing the “wheelbarrow” with her, walking on her hands.

Man, I think I want to be an occupational therapist who works with kids.  It looks like a fun job!  I’ll have to go back to school for that, right after I finish studying midwifery and language pathology…

5 Responses to “Therapy”

  1. Nai-Nai April 27, 2009 at 12:49 am #

    many new subjects to learn from Jade’s epilepsy. She is very lucky to have you. Keep on changing baby!

  2. Marian April 27, 2009 at 2:29 am #

    It’s nice to know there’s so much support in Whitehorse. I don’t think things would move quite so quickly in some other cities! Go Jade!!!

  3. Jenny April 27, 2009 at 6:56 am #

    She’ll love it! It’s basically 1 on 1 attention with playtime. Naomi loves PT also, except when she has to do what they want and not stick to her own agenda.
    A therapist is a very good profession to go into. You can work when you want, work with old, young, what ever you prefer. Nursing homes to preschools. Why wasn’t it such a popular field when I was coming out of High School!!!
    Naomi gets to look at books and listen to music in speech therapy, what could be better than that!

  4. Asheya April 27, 2009 at 9:24 pm #

    Sounds like this will be great for everyone!

  5. Barbara April 28, 2009 at 1:59 pm #

    I am pleased your first experience went well. I wrote a post on (what looks like) play during therapy a while back. I appreciate that you put games in quotes.

    hehe. Be careful about wanting to be 6 more things …you might end up like me!

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