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Friday, 15 June 2012

Just how much does he understand?

Tonight on the news there was an item about a baby in NICU. Afterwards Phil was helping Isaac finish his dinner, they were talking and long story short, Phil said "you were sick like that when you were a little baby, but you're all better now."  Isaac said to him with a sad face "I fall down." "Yes, you fall down more than other kids, but you're getting better at walking, and you'll be able to do it buddy."  "OK Daddy" replied Isaac.

When Phil told me what happened, I wanted to burst into tears and hug my precious little boy.  It also makes me wonder just how much Isaac knows and understands about what has happened to him.  But it's amazing to see the faith a young child has in his father.  Isaac trusts Phil implicitly, and believes that if Dad says it's going to happen, it will.

As I've said before, Isaac loves going to Champion Centre.  The therapists are fantastic, and they think that Isaac is great.  But I have to ask you, who wouldn't love a little cutie like him?  Computer therapy involves singing and stories, counting, pushing buttons and popping bubbles on the screen.  As if that's not incentive enough, there's usually a reward of stickers for a session well done.

There are always interesting toys to play with and textures to explore in play therapy.

Isaac enjoyed standing to play with this puzzle track.  It's a lot like the car tracks we have at home, only this one is painted in pretty colours.  I am amazed at how well his balance is improving.  It's hard to believe that he's only had his walker for two months.  What a difference it has made.  His confidence has grown, and his brain is learning what is required to keep him up and steady.

Before he got his walker, Isaac often used to practise his standing and balance on the trampoline.  This is great since it's got a rail to hold onto, no falling and breaking your wrist with this one!

Another thing that Isaac has been doing regularly at home since he started at Champion Centre is singing.  And music therapy is all singing. When he getting into his carseat, we sing up, up, up, and then when he sits down, we sing down, down, down, raising then lowerly our voices.

The sound cradle is really cool.  I've never seen anything like it before.  It's stringed like a guitar or harp or something, and when it's played, the sound waves vibrate through the wooden cradle.

Look at the balance and concentration.  Aren't those ribbons moving beautifully?  Not only does this work on on balance but moving the arms across the centreline of the body, both horizontally and vertically.  Think that I've got that right.

Lots of concentration here matching the shapes and colours then getting the shape into the hole round the correct way.

It's not surprising that when Isaac has finished his morning of therapy that he is super tired.  So tired that sometimes he is almost asleep in the car by the time we get to preschool - less than 2km away. When he gets to preschool, it's lunch time, then he goes down for a nap.


  1. He is doing SO well! Did you know there is a special needs toy library that has quite a bit of this sort of stuff? it is also cheaper to join that most of the other ones. It is quite near us in Waltham x

    1. Thanks Miriam, yes I did. It's a matter of finding the time when they're open to get over that side of town. Might need to organise something one day during the holidays and call in to see you guys too.


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