Well, we had our first occupational therapy session last Thursday. The short version goes like this: I like the therapist and I have a lot to learn.
I’m not sure what exactly I expected the therapist to do. I mean, he’s a baby. He’s still working on head control. He doesn’t really DO much, you know? But she had plenty to tell us and show us and have us work on.
I’m not sure if I mentioned this, but we got a copy of Daniel’s early intervention evaluation and they classified him as having “mild low muscle tone.” Low muscle tone is expected in babies with Down syndrome so it’s good news that it’s only mild. However, having low muscle tone means we have to make sure Daniel doesn’t get into bad habits. The therapist showed me some things to do to help him learn to roll over properly. Things to help him learn head control. Things to help with low muscle tone in his torso. She pointed out that he holds his right hand in a tighter fist than his left and asked us to watch and see if that’s always true. She pointed out that he was moving his limbs asymmetrically, and pointed out some reflex movements he was making, both good signs. None of this is stuff I would have noticed on my own. None of this is stuff I would have to worry about with a typical infant.
Anyway. The plan is for her to come once a month for now, and more often when he starts being more active. I’ll keep you updated, of course.
Here he is working on his head control.