Mikayla really was a star today.
First helping me take her through the mornings exercises, then using her Kaye Walker to get to her morning class showing greater endurance, and an improved pattern, then hearing from her “aides” that they noticed a difference and increased stability in her transfers, managing to get through a complete day of school readjusting into that routine again and getting into the swing of things, and just a little while ago doing some time in her newly acquired Kidwalk (handsfree walking device) while she does her homework!!
What a marathon effort for her first day back at school! I am exhausted and somewhat amazed myself as I actually write down that list.
Now the most exciting news today was that Mikayla actually managed to self-propel her Kidwalk !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is really quite exciting! Thanks to the generosity of “The Lions” Mikayla received a Kidwalk recently. It was being fitted and adjusted during the intensive and she hasn’t had mch opportunity to practise in it yet. Adjustments made the other week by her physiotherapist saw her able to take a couple of steps to “make it go” but she was quite fatigued and flopping quite a bit.
TODAY though, I can definitely see the difference the intensive work has made to using this device! She was never able to “self propel” any of the versions we trialled to assess their suitability for her to use. Today she was standing straight and tall, despite being tired from her MASSIVE DAY. Her legs remained in a good position under her body and she was able to take a number of quite nice smooth steps forward.
I am thrilled to see this progress, and am even more hopeful now of the potential for further progress with using this device! Until now, I had thought it would provide Mikayla with a “hands free standing option” which is so important for muscle, bone and joint development. I thought it would be great to practise stepping with someone pushing from behind to help propel her forward. I thought it would be great to use as an alternative hands free play option for outside – like to use hosing the garden etc while gaining the benefits of being on your feet rather than sitting in a wheelchair! I dared not think too hard about this providing a truly “independent hands free walking option”………but now………who knows??????
One step at a time though! First, we shall see if all comes together again tomorrow (we know from experience that it might not), or it might be the next day, later in the week or over the weekend when we next get the opportunity or that she is “up for it”. We will do some more standing in it to keep her on her feet – incorporating it into her daily/weekly routine where possible/practical, and we will see how motivated she is to continue exploring what she can do in it.
One day, one small step, one achievement (no matter how big or small it may seem) at a time.
For today – this is great stuff! 🙂
Here we have another example of the sentiments expressed in our fundraising motto for Mikayla: “Dream * Believe * Achieve * Inspire” !
We have kicked off our fundraising campaign to be able to access further intensive therapy for Mikayla in the future (hopefully in about 6 months time). Anyone wanting to donate can do so via the donate now button under her photo at www.developingfoundation.org.au/family/mikayla – Donations from Australia which are $2 and over are tax deductible and The Developing Foundation Guarantee that 90% of funds raised go directly towards achieving our vision for Mikayla by supporting her Special Needs.