So he was accepted into the CDT, for physiotherapy and I was also invited to bring him along to Baby Group. Baby group is basically group therapy for babies. It is set up like a playgroup with lots of activities and it is run by Occupational Therapists. There are about six babies that go each Monday with their mothers/carers and the Therapists go around and help work with each individual baby and help to give strategies to use at home to help with the issues being faced by each one. There is also story and singing time and parachute play. It is quite enjoyable, and we've only been for three weeks so far but I feel like it had been beneficial for him. On our second week there, the OT was working with him on sitting. When you tried to place him in a sitting position he would pretty much fall right away and wouldn't use his hands to try and support himself. They were considering a corner chair for him (personally, I think this is a bit over the top at his age, because many babies are not yet sitting, he wasn't even 6 months old) but she decided that he was trying to do it himself and that the best thing would be to let him try. After working with him on the Monday, the next day, he could sit. Not perfectly, he slumps forward, but he was doing it MUCH better than he was previously.
|Sitting up and reaching for toys|
Other things I have noticed is that if he is laying on his back and drops a toy, if it falls to his left he will reach out with his left hand and try to pick it up. If it falls to his right, he will roll to his side so that he can use his left hand to try and pick it up. If you make him use his right hand, he can do it, but he is strongly favouring his left hand. He will also pull his left foot up with his left hand but not his right. If I give him the foot he will hold it but he is not doing it on his own. Tahnee the physio had a look and she thinks the tone is mainly a problem in his arm rather than the leg (though I think the right leg is a little tighter than the left, it is no where near as bad as the arms)
So things are fairly good with Josh, but we do have some challenges that we need to work on with Physical and Occupational Therapy.