I have been complaining that Clare has stalled when it comes to her gross motor skills. She loves to sit and roll, but forget crawling, pulling up, walking, or even getting from a laying down position to a sitting position.
At Clare's OT session last week, I discussed our concerns with Jessica. She agreed with me. Clare is doing amazing with her speech and fine motor skills. The big thing (in relation to fine motor skills) Jessica was concerned about at Clare's evaluation in June was that Clare wasn't releasing objects. Now Clare takes objects in and out of buckets, boxes, that kind of thing. She will hand you a toy if you ask her for it. Clare is learning her animal sounds and will respond with "moos" and "neighs" when you ask her what the cow and horse say. She even has her own version of "quack." She now says "uh oh" and "kitty" very clearly. And she occasionally says "mama" (yea!). Clare is turning into a regular piggy at mealtimes. The other night, she ate so much pizza, that she was up for five hours past bedtime with indigestion. Obviously we weren't happy about the indigestion, but we're working on that! So I am getting frustrated with Clare's lack of progress when it comes to her gross motor skills.
We are going to increase Clare's therapy. It is not my ideal choice (as in I wish Clare would start walking on her own!), but I think it's best for Clare, since she has stalled and needs something to rev her back up. Also, her one hour of OT a week is usually more like 30-45 minutes a week. Clare just can't make the full hour sometimes. And she knows when Jessica wants her to work. Clare would rather snuggle! So if we can add another session in, then even if Clare only lasts half a session, she will actually get a solid hour of therapy. The plan is still a little hazy, but she has been approved (through Easter Seals) for a PT consult, and most likely adding an hour of PT every other week. Jessica also wants to introduce Clare to the sensory room at Easter Seals, where she can play in the ball pit or on the swings. It will help Clare with some of her vestibular activities, plus it will vary her therapy. That may be a separate hour or it may be that one hour of OT a month will take place in the sensory room. Whichever way Clare's therapy goes, I hope we see some results.