Thursday, December 17, 2009

Weight bearing on weaker hand during activities

A three year old who has the objective of improving protective reactions when falling did very well standing on top of the horse for 2-3 minutes while horse was stationary. He leaned a bit to his stronger left side so this was an excellent activity to make him aware of both sides, strengthen and balance.
I am attaching a youtube video a mom made a few weeks ago.The little girl has increased tone in her right hand. My goal is to promote using it as an assist and weight bearing. She did quite well yesterday giving high 5s with it. I have a game where when they give a high 5 I make an animal sound, so they want to do it repeatedly.You can't see it in the video but after the camera stopped rolling she did quite well bearing weight on the withers with her right hand while reaching for a pin with the left. But I did have to assist her.

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

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