Thursday, July 17, 2008

First OT Session

Matthew went to his first OT appointment yesterday. He will be going for 1 hour per week. The therapist is very nice and knowledgeable. She immediately noticed Matthew's toe walking and hypotonia. After playing with him and doing some tests she said he is "gravity challenged", has motor planning problems, and is tactile defensive. She will focus on gross motor activities and core/upper body strengthening during his sessions (and give me ideas for home).

Matthew's favorite part of the session was jumping on the mini-trampoline. His least favorite part was having her put a dollop of lotion in his hand and then rubbing it on his arms...he didn't like the feel of the lotion or her light touch, so to combat that we will do deep pressure. She said his fine motor skills are age appropriate and was impressed with his attention span. The session went well and it's at the same clinic Matthew used to visit for speech so he is familiar with it and was very excited to return.


Casdok said...

Well done Matthew! All sounds very positive!

Jessica said...

That's great he's getting OT. Wes loves going to OT. We're working on his texture defensiveness and his core muscles as well.
Have you found a cranial sacral therapist yet? I'm curious if you're going to try it.

Good luck to Matthew!

GFCF Mommy said...

OT has been wonderful for us. (I love a little mini-tramp jump myself!). We actually bought a mini-tramp that is ensconced in our living room. Not the greatest interior decor, but the Prince uses it probably every day. Our OT has been one of the most important people to our "team." In fact, our son's first OT was the one who introduced us to GFCF!

Keep up the great work! You are doing all the right things an Matthew is one lucky boy!