Vision Therapy Fun

Tori’s vision therapist always finds really creative ways to stimulate Tori’s senses – today we celebrated Mardi Gras a bit early 🙂

Besides looking at various items, Tori felt and listened to the beads, felt the unique texture of the feathers, and enjoyed the essential oils we were diffusing. The only sense she didn’t use was taste. 🙂

We multi-tasked and had her in her stander during therapy, which also gave her a fresh perspective.

We are so thankful for all of her Early Intervention therapists!

 

Physical Therapy and a Bath

One of the greatest things about Early Intervention is that Brennan and I have a say in what we work on during each session. The reasoning behind this is that we know our baby better than anyone so we know what would be helpful.  

 

Today we asked for bath time help.

Ms. Diane had some great ideas and it was mostly successful.

We started out by slowly getting her undressed while I was holding her so that she felt secure. We placed her in the bath tub with a fleece blanket and kept her wrapped up, except when we washed her hair while holding her over the sink – she seems to like the feeling of the sprayer.

    

Brennan would then wash one part of her at a time, leaving her in her cocoon, and it mostly kept her happy. She wasn’t screaming, at least.   

We learned a lot today about how she may feel when we touch her given the fact that her nervous system isn’t functioning normally. It helps if we gently get her attention before touching her or trying to pick her up, otherwise she gets startled and upset.

It was a great and helpful physical therapy session!

Some other photos from today…   

           

First Physical Therapy Session 

Tori had her first vision and physical therapy sessions today.

The vision therapist helped us better understand Cortical Visual Impairment and how we can help stimulate Tori despite the fact that her brain isn’t processing images well. Tori loves light so she gave us creative things to try.

Tori then had a physical therapy session where we learned ways to work on putting her down more often, stretching out and massaging her hands, and teaching her to rest her head on both sides instead of just her right side.

  

As always, the Early Intervention ladies were wonderful and I know that they love Tori!