Sunday, April 7, 2013
One of the many challenges for an infant with any kind of restrictive muscular disease is finding motivation to explore the world around them. Fortunately, Liam has been very motivated since birth to seek and explore his environment. In the beginning, my husband and I were instructed to give Liam therapy in his hands, arms and shoulders during feedings to loosen up the tightness in his muscles and his joints. Regular therapy sessions have instructed us on different approaches to take to maximize his range of motion.
It has been one of our goals to teach Liam how to move and play independently, therefore providing himself with therapy while having fun with it. As he gets older (he is now 8 1/2 months old), he becomes more alert and aware of everything around him and what he wants to do with it. No matter the obstacle, if he wants to do something, he will find a way to do it. An obstacle he faces right now is his special boots with the Ponseti bar. But even with this device on, he plays and moves. Currently, his favorite mode of transportation is rolling over onto his belly and continuing onto his back, repeatedly. In a blink of an eye, he is across the living room moving this way, Ponseti bar and all!