Monday, October 10, 2011

31 for 21 Day 10: Therapy

When we started out on our journey in the Early Intervention system, Chris and I felt pretty overwhelmed. The first person that came to our home was Colin's physical therapist (Miss Kathy) who continues to see him today. After every visit, the therapists would write out a summary form to talk about what was done during the day and then leave a couple of exercises to work on during the day. I used to think that these were things that HAD to be done as often as possible. I was obsessed! When we would have family members and friends stay with him, I would leave a list of when he ate AND exercises that should be done. I was adamant about this. Three things I was anal about: tummy time, reaching and grasping, and I even made some friends and family put Colin on the physioball!

Yikes!

When you have never done something before, you just don't realize that although you need to do those exercises when you can, it shouldn't take over your whole day either like I felt it was doing. There was no other option than to do the "homework" that was laid out for us for the week.

As we evolved through time, we started to realize that although we needed to work on these things (and still do), we do not need to obsess over them.

So, Chris was working with Colin today in "our way"...









...and Colin loved it!!



8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness! That was great!!

Rebecca said...

Love it! He looks happy and proud of what he has done. I agree. Learning to do things that need to be done in your own way, in your time is an important life lesson. I admire how you grow and learn as parents every single day. You show your love for these children constantly. Their smiles are priceless!

Patti said...

oh my word, melt my heart!!! I love how he cheers for himself:) You are awesome, Colin!

Wren said...

That was the best video ever!!! I was smiling from ear to ear watching him and Chris!

CM said...

That video gave me a huge grin! What pure joy and sense of pride on Colin's face. Such a happy way to start my day. :)

Jenny said...

Great job Colin!! I use to obsess with the therapy thing to...Russell started feeling more like a project than my son...So now I am much more laid back about it and we practice stuff in our own way on our own time.

Suze said...

I'm just catching up on several of your posts...I love this kid so much! He makes me smile, and reminds me to celebrate every little thing! He truly is a wonderful teacher to all of us!

As for your previous posts...the climbing out of the crib story still has me laughing...this kid is just like every other toddler - scaring his parents half to death by getting out of the crib! tonight will be our first night in the toddler bed, which was his crib - so I'm hoping Colin has given Tommy some tips on getting through the night!

Bronwyn Shields said...

That is totally our house. Ryder now applauds himself unprompted.