Last night big sister Bailey was “doing her paperwork” and decided to let Gavin play around. We helped him put the crayon in his hand and put the paper where he could see it and well, the rest as they say, is history!
This is a great milestone for Gavin! He knows exactly what he’s supposed to do and with very little help from us was able to do it.
The chair he is sitting in is an adaptive classroom chair and gives him the added support he needs to be able to do things like color and play. The chair stops his body from toning (think of it as excessive stretching that you can’t control) and allows him to focus on his head control and what is directly in front of him – in this case the paper and crayon.
Here in CT we have this amazing place, NEAT Marketplace (http://www.neatmarketplace.org/). We stopped in about two weeks ago to see if they had an adaptive stroller we could buy. See, the cool thing about NEAT Market is that you can purchase previously used adaptive equipment (which they clean VERY, VERY well) for significantly reduced prices – course it’s similar to TJ Maxx or Marshalls in that it’s VERY hit or miss on what’s actually there at any given time. Needless to say they didn’t have an adaptive stroller that fit his PT’s requirements or Gavin’s small frame for that matter (hence having to get a brand new one made for him) but they did have this classroom chair and since we were there with Gavin’s PT we are able to borrow it through Birth 2-3 (CT’s early intervention program).