Friday, December 17, 2010

Giddy Up!

The meeting at day care went well.  Dylan is having a hard time following directions and it's a safety concern.  We came up with strategies to set him up for success.  Yay!

I have been talking a lot with the therapists at school.  Dylan needs more OT than they can offer.  In fact, if Dylan could receive OT 24/7 - he'd be a very happy boy.  His OT said "he'd mainline sensory input if it were possible - he's a junkie".  ~le sigh~ 

Hippotherapy has been something that my brain has been playing with for a while.  No, it's not therapy involving hippos :)  It's therapy using horses.  Dylan's core strength is poor.  Yes, my boy with the six pack abs has poor core strength.  Apparently his back is strong but his abs are weak.  When I heard this I knew this was a good option for us.  So tomorrow, we are heading to a stable about 40 minutes from our house that specializes in hippotherapy to see if it's a match for Dylan and for the stable.  The horse will provide him with the sensory input he craves, improve his core strength and, hopefully, continue his love of animals.  Dylan is amazing with animals.  See....

He's never been one to pull tails or poke ears or eyes.  He knows when he wants to pet a dog, that he asks permission first, holds out his hand (palm down) for the dog to smell and waits for someone to tell him it's okay.  Something he's gotten compliments on since he was a toddler.  He loves animals so what better way to do therapy and not have it feel like yet more therapy right?

1 comment:

  1. Oh, he's adorable! And what a good, patient kitty. :) I think the hippotherapy sounds like a fantastic idea. I look forward to hearing how it goes!