Sunday, October 4, 2009

Soccer and Slides

Today Jason brought the girls to catch the end of my soccer game. After the game was over, E wanted to go "score a goal" on the field. She did her BEST walking on grass I have seen to date. I'd kick the ball forward about 4-5 feet, help her get steady, and then she would walk to it and give the ball a kick (or, more accurately, run into the ball with her legs). She doesn't fall right away while kicking, but she always eventually goes down. I'm trying to get her to walk, stop, kick, stop, walk. That's not working too well, though.

Here is E walking on grass. I wasn't filming anything at the beginning, so this is at the end of her grass time.

After that, we all went to the playground next to the field. It's not for toddlers (steps too large, slides very tall, etc.) but we did it anyway. She did some good climbing, and at the top was a twin slide. I showed her what I didn't want her to do, and then how I wanted her to do it.

Now, I'm not sure what I did differently--but obviously something was different about today. SHE GOT IT!! A first--E stays sitting up while descending a slide!


Tara Bennett said...

Check out that walk! She's doing amazing!!!

Kristen said...

These are great videos. Thanks for sharing. Thanks also for including a video on your blog about Elena's therapist helping her learn to sit on the toilet. It made me realize that my son's PT could help him with this.

Cary said...

I just stumbled across your blog and I am so grateful that I did. My son Ben has spastic diplegia as well. He's just 2 and it's great to see your blog...and maybe the future. I see you say that E's is mild. I think Ben is mild / moderate.

I haven't had time to read much but I plan to. I look forward to getting to know you.

Kristina said...

I just love watching the videos! They are very inspirational.

By the way, I nominated you for the Lemonade award. Not sure if you have received it yet or not, but there are details on my blog. I know you must be busy, so feel free to just enjoy the nomination or act upon it by nominating others - whatever you are comfortable with. I just wanted you to know that I like to follow E's progress! She is inspirational!