R.B. asks from Essington, PA on May 26, 2007
Has anyone on here ever used early intervention before? My daughter is 10 months old and is not crawling, pulling herself up or putting herself in the sitting position. I have met with someone from early intervention and they are setting up physical therepy for her. It is like she has a lack of muscle tone in her upper legs. any suggestions are welcome. also, if you know of specific things I can do with her to help strengthen her legs would be appreceited.
thank you and have a great holiday weekend.
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I just wanted to let everyone know that we had our first physical therepy yesterday and it went great. Everyone with early intervention are so wonderfull. They evaluated her on a 6-7 month level gross motor skill wise, (she is 11 months now) as for brain and socialization she's right on track. I wanted to thank everyone for all their suggestions.
M.S. answers from Philadelphia on May 27, 2007
put her in an excersauser, it will help build up the musles in her legs, also if you have a boppy place it on the corner of you're couch upright and place her on it sitting up, but with the help of a boppy. It will hep stregthen the muscles in her back. Once those mucles are strong it will be all over and you won't get her to stop.
N.G. answers from Philadelphia on May 27, 2007
My son Joshua gets early intervention services. He has a metobolic disorder that causes him to have low muscle tone. First of all Early Intervention is wonderful. We get Physical Therapy, a Teacher, Social Work, and recently been assigned Occupational Therapy. All of those involved in my sons care are wonderful! My son loves them and so do I! We started out with just Physical Therapy. As time went on we incresed his services once we got his offical diagnosis of Mitochondrial Disease(disfunction in the energy process).
He was very similar. At six months old he had not rolled over or done anything. They came out to do his evaluation and showed me a feew things to do with him while I was waiting for a PT to be assigned. They did not have a spot for him until he was about 9 mo old but the things they showed me worked and he was a different child by the time they came to work with him. Try proping her up on all fours or place her on her belly and let her push up herself while you put your hands behind her feet so she has something to push against. As for pulling herself up you want to use a step or something sturdy and put a toy she likes in her visual path. Urge her to get the toy and asist when needed.
Where low muscle tone is concerned, that is not something that can be fixed by strength. Tone and strenght are totally different things. To explain tone it is more like a rubber band and how it stretches and expands. If your child has low muscle tone they have a muscle that is more like a worn out rubber band. You can stretch it but it doesn't go back to its orriginal shape fast or even at all. Depending on the severity depends on the childs ability to do things. This is a hard concept for many people to understand. It took us a while to understand it and accept that our son would always have this problem. He runs and plays like other kids but has a harder time doing things like climbing and other things of that nature. If you have more questions or need more info I will see what I can do to help. Feel free to email me directly at ____@____.com
S.B. answers from Philadelphia on May 27, 2007
we used early intervention for eating problems with my daughter, and we were super happy with their services. my sister is currently using ei for physical therapy for my nephew, and it has helped a lot with his walking. i think you will be very pleased with them. they offered us tons of ideas and support. it's such a great a service, and totally free! more people should know about it! good luck!
M.O. answers from Pittsburgh on May 27, 2007
We went through Birth to Three with my oldest son for speech therapy.
S.S. answers from York on January 31, 2008
Try putting her in a walker. I had my son in one at 4 months with nothing supporting him other that the holster. With in a month, he started kicking and moving backwards. He use to get frusterated with it, but he kept trying and I kept encouraging him. By the time he was 9 months he was walking while holding onto things. Also put her on the ground while laying on one of those mats that can support her. While she is on it put your hands at the bottom of her feet and push her legs up and down soon she will be able to do it on her own.
R.A. answers from Lancaster on May 27, 2007
they are wonderfull they are great my son was not talking at age one and he needed tubes and they came in and did speech with him and hooked me up with all kids of aids and stuff and now u can't even tell my son had a speech problems i give them 2 thumbs up they really care about the kids and the parents as well they teach u along with the child so that u can keep up when they are not there
C.C. answers from Philadelphia on May 27, 2007
they are wonderful, they will teach you what to do and come in a assist. Your daughter will only benifit from it...
R. answers from Pittsburgh on May 30, 2007
My son (who is 4 now) had early intervention for a couple of years because he was born prematurely. I would recommend them to anyone. They did a great job with him and he has come a long,long way since then. He no longer needs their services. He was done when he turned three. Good luck.
J.T. answers from Erie on May 26, 2007
When I was still in practice, we used a game called "fishy" for little ones with underdeveloped hamstrings and quadriceps muscles.
Here is how it works, you lay on the floor and get your daughter to watch your legs. Then you tell her you are going to play fishy. Just kick your legs like you are swimming. This has to start on the floor because obviously you cannot support yourself with your legs straight out on anything. Unless you would like to try the seat of a chair, keeping your body straight and kick ... it helps mommy ABS too.
Anyway, once she gets the idea on the floor, you place her on your lap so that from the hips down she does not have support, gently lift her little legs up and tell her to play fishy, she is now using the muscles she needs to sit and crawl.
I hope this helps you, please let me know.
Best of luck.