Today was a great day! We were visited by Kolin, the Occupational Therapist and Shayna, the Physiotherapist.
Shayna and I went through a checklist she has of baby movements and we checked off the progress Ben had already made (rolling over, etc) and decided where were needed to focus in the near future. Ben’s primary goal will be to develop and maintain neck and head strength, as well as increase muscle strength in his abdominal’s. As Ben likes to throw himself backwards, we decided that we would start him from a laying position either on a couch or bed and use various hand positioning and cradling to encourage him to use specific muscles. Shayna stated that it was important to localize the muscles we want him to work on, instead of trying to get him to sit up and hold his head up and reach at the same time. She demonstrated several exercises we can do with Ben on a daily basis and Ben responded well to each of them when we tried them out. We’ll also be keeping him “safe” in case he flings backwards by using a soft surface as a starting point.
She’s going to drop by a Tumble Form chair, which I think is some kind of booster seat that is more supportive than regular seats and is also trying to get us in a for a referral for a GRIP seat (not exactly sure what that is, feel free to Google it!). I know it straps him in differently, enabling him to use his arms more and encouraging him to keep his head up!
Kolin watched as we fed Ben and was satisfied with his eating skills. He explained several ways we could introduce new textures and said not to shy away from trying new things (I explained that I selfishly stick things in his mouth all the time, just to see the reaction!!). Kolin also stated that bringing attention to Ben’s mouth by touching his lips, cheeks, tongue etc would be beneficial, as would bringing toys to his mouth to teach him that his mouth is a positive thing. We went over several hand over hand techniques, showing Ben how to play with his toys and reach for things. I brought up the concern of Reflux, regarding Ben’s constant spitting up and although I contribute it to his teething (his hasn’t spat up for a while, but is again lately. He’s also getting another tooth and some molars!), Kolin suggested that I look further into anyway. (check!)
Follow up August 25 – Shayna and Kolin will both be visiting Ben at his Nana’s house!