Hooray for PT day! We always look forward to these appointments because his therapist is awesome, Emmett gets to play and work hard and Ryan and I get really great ideas on what we can do with Emmett at home.
If you know anything about Emmett, you know he has to move 24/7. This is mainly for sensory purposes. Since he has a VI (visual impairment) he can’t rely on the world around him to keep him engaged and stimulated all the time. So bubs needs to be rolling, bouncing, kicking and practicing his crawl position (which I LOVE). But lately it’s become a bit of a problem when we put him in his high chair. He rocks back and forth. A lot. And smashes his head into the back of the high chair, which can trigger some seizures. He doesn’t like to be still. Ever (unless he’s sleeping). So, feeding him can be difficult. We usually have to put a hand behind his head or neck to try and settle him and redirect him back to his food (and from not getting a spoon lodged in his throat). We mentioned this to his PT and she thought it might be a good idea to try a different therapy with him. She put him in a cuddle swing (mesh hammock) and it looked like all he needed was a sandy beach beneath his feet! And maybe a fancy umbrella drink. The idea behind this is to promote a calming feeling by providing deep touch pressure. He seemed to really like swinging around and if it does help get his need for the bouncies out we might just get one put in our house for him. I’m all for fun therapeutic ways to keep him engaged! It would be interesting to put him in it, before we put him in his highchair, to see if it can fulfill that need to thrash about while eating.
And now for the good stuff!