An almost three year old I work with is terrified of changing his position to sit facing sideways or backwards and won't reach at all out of his base of support to touch toys on the mane, croup or at his sides. He was also upset when I stopped the horse to try basketball and placing hoops over the cone for some hand activities. So we trotted over and over again. He said "fast", "more", "fast please" and "go please" whenever we slowed down and then cried when the session ended because he wanted more. It was nice to see him asking for what he needed but sad that he is so gravitationally insecure. I was mostly inside on this wet and dreary day and it was rather exhausting!
Barbara Smith, M.S., OTR/L author of, The Recycling Occupational Therapist