Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Occupational Therapy

Laurie, an Occupational Therapist at Children's Specialized Hospital here in New Jersey, has been visiting Joshua once a week now for about a month. Her primary focus so far has been his gross motor skills -- strengthening his upper body, so he can learn to walk.

Joshua loves playing with her. She makes him work hard, but he gets so excited by all the things he is able to do. He now knows that he can stand up without having to hold on to anything. Though he is not walking on his own yet, he is finally strong enough to walk holding onto only one hand instead of both. We are very excited about his progress.

Donna, another therapist from Early Intervention, also visits once a week. She is working on developmental issues with Joshua -- fine motor skills, communication and sensory issues. Joshua has already learned several words in sign language; this has greatly reduced his frustration (and mine). Now he can indicate to us when he wants more to eat, or is all done and he knows how to ask for something when he wants it.

Next week Joshua has an appointment with a Pediatric Gastroenterologist. They will be checking for any medical reason for his lack of weight gain. After that, we will be meeting with a feeding evaluation team to determine what we can do to help his eating issues. I am very hopeful that this will make meals less stressful on everyone.

We are very excited about the progress Joshua has shown in this short time and are enjoying his growing confidence and communication skills.

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