Today we will talk about physical therapy. Kemett has done PT since he was a couple of days old. Kemett has made great strides in the 3 and half years he has been doing physical therapy. He is still behind developmentally but making progress each week!
Kemett’s strength has improved greatly. He is more easily able to navigate a playground, can walk up and down stairs with a rail or assistance, and just started riding a tricycle (with assistance).
Tools we use in Therapy:
- Stairs– Some days he is so fast on the stairs. He has improved so much on this, we are so proud of him!
- Stools- We use two Ikea kid step stools for obstacle courses, squats, etc! Who knew we’d get so much use out of them. Kemett will stand on top of one and squat down to pick up toys or fairies on the ground and put them in a container on a table next to him. This has improved his strength and endurance in both his legs and core.
- Therapy Ball- Kemett does exercises on top of the therapy ball for core strength. When in prone (on his stomach) his reaches for items on the floor which improves his neck and back extension strength. When in sitting he balances during play tasks to increase core endurance and stability.
- Playscapes- Kemett plays at school 4 days a week and at our house when we can. He loves climbing all over and is getting faster. We have a rock wall to get up ours and he scaled it before Andrew could get over to help him!
- Scooter Board: Andrew made Kemett a scooter board for him to use during therapy! This provides an opportunity for him to explore his environment while in prone (a very important position), helping to increase core, upper body, lower body, and neck strength and endurance. It helps with core and upper body strength.
- Balance Beam- we have one and need to start using it!
- Trampoline– Kemett can bounce on it but cannot jump yet. He is making slow progress, and will continue to work on it.
- Tricycle- He got this for Easter, and we push him while he keeps his feet on the pedal. He is just learning how to move his legs in the right motion. He also is working on holding his body up and not getting too fatigued.
- Walking– We do 6 minute walk tests in PT and his speed has increased greatly over this past year!
- Sure Steps-Kemett has flat feet, like his parents, and his feet roll in a little. It is good for him to have barefoot time and build the muscles in his feet and ankles on his own. He wears them to school and if we are walking far. Other than that he is barefoot or wears natives.
What are we working on?
- Standing without hyperextending knees/tilted pelvis-compensating due to low muscle tone
- Standing on one leg- this will really come in handy when kicking a ball or playing on his new playground!
- Half kneel- playing in this position, and using it to stand up.
- Object manipulation-mostly ball management, throwing, catching, etc.
- Upper body strength
- Bouncing and jumping
- Tall kneeling
We do family walks at night, his tricycle, or yoga. We are trying to get him moving more and more. We also want to be motivating and inspiring to Kemett. I would say I don’t do the best job, and hope that with our OSS challenge, he and I will get out more. He gets to see Andrew swim at swim meets, and cheer him on. I know he is doing it for himself, but also for Kemett.
Thank you again for all of your questions! Keep them coming! And thank you as always for your love and support!