Saturday, January 17, 2009

Early Intervention

The main difference between Brennan and his siblings at this point is his low muscle tone. The best word I can think of to describe the effects of low tone is to say that he was "floppy." Where most babies lay with their hands clenched and near their face or chest, Brennan would lay with his arms laying flat out next to his side with his hands open. Through our state Early Intervention program, we have a physical therapist who has been coming to our house to work with him since he was about six weeks old. She comes over for one hour each week and works on strengthening exercises with him. She also gives me suggestions of exercises to do with him. I have been amazed at the progress he has made and I attribute so much of it to the help his physical therapist has provided. I do have books that I read that also offer suggestions, but having someone come to my house each week has been invaluable. And Brennan has always been such a trooper.....enduring countless hours of tummy time, working on the therapy ball....all without a complaint. He is truly amazing.

This is B at 2 months working on being able to lift up his head.

This is B at 4 months, propping up on his elbows.

This is B at 6 months, pushing himself up with straight arms.

Right now, we're working on getting the trunk of his body stronger so that he'll be able to sit independently...then on to crawling, walking, jumping, running. He'll definitely be on his own schedule as far as when he learns to do these things since his low muscle tone makes learning these things really hard work. I am, and will continue to be, immensely proud of each new skill he learns.


Michelle said...

Way to go Brennan!! Awesome skills. He is too cute - love the huge smile.

Laura said...

Keep up the good work Brennan, you rock! :)