Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Ice cream rein grasp

Its rewarding to see some of my kids grasping the reins with "ice cream cone" hands. They seem to get this concept.

Other successes today: A child who 6 months ago was so gravitationally insecure he wouldn't reach to touch the mane, today did squat to stand 7 times. He was able to stand up to reach for a ball, then squat to toss it into the basket.

Another boy learned to remove the neck strap from the horse and hang it up on a hook with only verbal cues. What amazes me is that he can do this without looking at what he is doing. He also closed the fasteners on a puzzle that has fasteners attached to the pieces. He did the snap, buckle and button and needed a little help to connect the zipper. I think that starting the zipper will be the most challenging. I have some objectives that don't really seem appropriate for the hippotherapy setting. But the insurance companies like these functional goals.

Barbara Smith, M.S., OTR/L author of, The Recycling Occupational Therapist

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