Wednesday, July 28, 2010
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".
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.
Posted by Lynn at 9:43 AM