Physical Therapy at the Park

Maggie finally learned to crawl--through a tunnel at the park!

Maggie finally learned to crawl–through a tunnel at the park!

May 2014

I had an idea that perhaps we could teach Maggie to crawl by taking her to the tunnels at the park. And it worked! The tunnels there are too narrow for her to swing her legs around so she can’t sit up and scoot. The only way to move forward is to actually crawl.

The first time I tried this we had someone at each end of the tunnel, coaxing her along. It took about 20 minutes for her to crawl the length of the tunnel the first time, on May 15th. Afterward, she was proud but exhausted.

By May 19th she could crawl the length of the tunnel in about 5 minutes, and had the endurance to do it more than once.

Molly's IPhone 451

I asked her physical therapist to meet me at the park to show me some of the other things I could be doing with her there.

Holding herself upright in a swing is good for developing her stomach muscles.

Holding herself upright in a swing is good for developing her stomach muscles.

Making this bouncy chair move is also good for her abs.

Making this bouncy chair move is also good for her abs.

We worked a lot on climbing stairs and learning to slide.

We worked a lot on climbing stairs and learning to slide.

Keeping her balance with these swinging platforms is fun.

Keeping her balance with these swinging platforms is fun.

 

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s