At Bobath this week

posted 29 Feb 2012, 13:14 by Tara Haroon
It has been a good week so far.  Josh has received 3 days of therapy at the Bobath Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy.  We are working hard to help Josh learn to reach forward to play with toys.  This is because the elbow flexors (that's biceps to you and me) are very tight.  
Try this - Flex your bicep and hold it for 30 seconds. I imagine that is how Joshua's arms feel most of the time.  But the good news is that he can relax them.  It is difficult and there are a number of factors that come into play.  Firstly, Josh becomes tight in his muscles because he feels unstable, secondly, he is cautious of his surroundings because of his visual impairment and then to cap it off he has seizures which cause his muscles to spasm and jerk.
Of course it is not purely his arms, he is unable to fully control any of his muscle groups.  The muscles fluctuate between too soft when he is happy and relaxed to too tight when he is excited or cross.
During the 2 week block he will be spending 5 days with the Speech and Language Therapist, who is trying to help Josh develop more sounds and become more active in his play.  Taking the lead, rather than sitting back and waiting for play to come to him.
It is going well, he is tolerating the sessions very well and enjoying the input.