Today was Savannah’s physical therapy evaluation. Here is what the therapist said:
* Savannah hates pressure and sensations on her feet. I always thought Savannah was just ticklish, but now I realize that she isn’t laughing when she pulls her feet away, like she does when you tickle her neck.
* She has low muscle tone, which is part of her body type. It just means that she’ll always have to work a little harder to do physical activity. It’s not something that will keep her from athletics or anything, but it just is something she’s going to have to compensate for.
* Savannah is super flexible in her hips and ankles. Has anyone seen how when she gets tired, she just folds over flat? I’ll have to get a picture sometime. Anyway, while this uber flexibility might come in handy in future her ballet career, it’s makes it hard to do something like put her feet flat on the ground and hold her body up. I thought that was interesting. She will need to learn how to compensate for that.
The therapist recommended weekly physical therapy, hopefully to start soon. She also gave me some exercises to work with Savannah in the meantime. I didn’t realize there were so many milestones that Savannah hasn’t met, like moving from laying down to sitting. We’re starting with those transitions – rolling over, moving from a laying down to sitting position, etc. We’re also going to work on desensitizing her feet to the textures, which will hopefully help when she is ready to start standing. I was hoping she would be walking by Christmas, but now I see that there is a lot of work that needs to be done. In some ways I wonder if I should have gotten started with PT earlier. Ah, well.
Also, on an unrelated note, I am super thrilled for my brother and sister-in-law, who are expecting a baby in May! I am so excited for my future niece or nephew! Go to Molly’s blog and leave a note of congrats! :-)