Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Hokey Poke-Me-In-The-Eye

Audrey has trouble getting her body to do what she wants it to do sometimes.  For the 99.9% of the time, when she's only asking her body to do the basics -- walk, run, jump, climb stairs -- it's all good.  But then an occupational therapist will ask her to do some random thing, or a really lame children's band will play The Hokey Pokey, and suddenly her motor planning deficits are shockingly apparent.

Here's Audrey giving The Hokey Pokey a go.  She's completely befuddled by the "left hip" and  "backside" (although this video proves that she can indeed find her ass with both hands), has more success with "head" and I gave up the ghost at "whole self".

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At least she's got the "turn yourself around" part down.  Hopefully there won't be too many other instances in Audrey's life where she is asked to "put her backside in and shake it all around". 

That's always my "talk me down from the ledge" rationale when I start getting bummed about her lack of coordination -- I've already given up the dream of her becoming a great athlete, so who cares if she can't dance The Hokey Pokey or ride a bike or catch a ball.  But I know that practicing such things is really good for her brain, and that she really should work on them.  Her OT will try to get her to do these weirdo exercises that again she may never be called upon to do, but the fact is that she just should be able to do them.

One of them was lifting up one knee and touching it with her opposite hand.  Simple, right?  Even the old ladies in the Golden Years aerobics classes can bust that move.  But those cross-body moves are really difficult for Audrey and she kept touching her knee with the hand from the same side.  So we practiced and practiced until she was able to get it.  The OT also had her do the classic DUI move of stretching her arms out and touching her fingers to her nose.  She did it no problem on the first try.  Lucky that the OT demonstrated that move because momma may not have passed.   Then the OT asked her to close her eyes and do the same thing.  Oops...doh...not there...ouch...that was your eye...OK, now she's peeking...try again...a little to the right.  Geez.  And I was counting on her to drive home.

15 comments:

  1. She's a bit young yet, and it takes time and practice to really find out what she can do. She might surprise you. Mine drags one leg/foot, but she skates fairly well anyway, on both blades and rollers. (We just look for one skate to wear out before the other). And she bikes really well. She'll never be a dancer or gymnast and she can't throw a ball accurately, but she can hit one real well! Be patient. You just never know. :)

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  2. Well, I have to say that in all honesty, she dances better than my husband, even if she is having some problems with the Hokey Pokey. Our OT had a bunch of weird games for Georgia to do at her sessions, and I thought, "How in the heck is this ever going to help?" but you're right that they do actually work. Audrey's still got plenty of time to figure out how to control her movement :)

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  3. you made me laugh out loud with this one (not to be confused with LOL). Mommy wouldn't have passed the DUI test? HA!!

    Coordination is not one of their strong suits, is it? Although, my "typical" sister in law is 37 and can't ride a bike or make it through a meal without spilling everything. Yep, it ALL comes from HIS side.

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  4. Coordination is so hard! My kids have bruises all over the place from just trying to do stuff...

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  5. Whoops! Published before I finished. Anyways, my youngest especially...he can do his own version of a break dance. He dances all the time. But walk across the room? Nope. Hits all walls and trips on his feet. So we work on it...

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  6. We're going to try that over here and get back to you.



    ps. for some reason I have become inept at leaving comments, I thought I posted this one already and it never showed up. Same with the other day.

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  7. Oh, she's so darn cute though! And she definitely has the turns down! I'm sure OT will continue to help.

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  8. My daughter has huge coordination issues. Her OT is still trying to get her to sit on a platform bench and shift her weight back and forth to rock it and she can't do it. I had a hard time "grieving' the no athelete lol. But even harder for me is not being able to ride a bike, I still get scared watching her walk up or down stairs, she can't swing at the park without help, and my heart breaks when she asks to do gymnastics..

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  9. I love her turns. And you gotta admit she's a honey.

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  10. Our brains are such complicated tools for activities many of us deem uncomplicated. :) I've heard and read so many times how interesting an autistic mind can be. I hope that with all of the challenges you and she face, you get an equal amount of unique and interesting experiences.

    I'm blog hopping today. Happy Thursday!

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  11. How old is she now? My daughter is 5 and there's no WAY she'd have approached that dance with nearly the coordination your daughter is exhibiting.

    cooperl788's comment made me laugh. Husbands COULD dance. . . if they wanted.

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  12. fun at it.but it is over how sadly

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  13. You did an awesome job Audrey! I bet you can do it again sometime soon!

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  14. Hey, I had the same success at Zumba class last week. Talk about a debacle!

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  15. @Jim: She's 7 now and her moves have not improved all that much. But we do have her in a martial arts class which helps her alot with her coordination. I highly recommend it!

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