Hack #5: Head control. bear weight, roll over, sit up, crawl, pull up, walk….it’s all so exhausting when you’re working on inchstones over milestones. But I see you and hear you, mamas!!! It seems crazy, but instagram has been my go-to for knowledge on raising on a child with different needs. Other mamas teach so me so much every single day. I hope I can spread even a little bit of that knowledge to help other families feel more empowered in their child’s care! Your child’s therapist may not always recommend different tools because they are expensive, but also because they are busy and forget. Heck, I have taught Jack’s PT about many of these things so sometimes they just aren’t aware.
Jack has been behind psychically since he was 8 days old. I didn’t even know that was possible; but, when he was that age, the physical therapist at the hospital told me, “he should have better head control”. I thought, “he’s brand new so maybe give him some time.” However, time and time again I have heard specialists call my son “floppy” and “low tone”. Hypotonia and CP were so scary and daunting because of the way my son’s neuro team presented them. Of course those are not diagnoses that we want for our children, but they also don’t have to be devastating. There are so many children in the world thriving with HIEs, CP, Hypotonia, etc. Our kiddos just need the right tools for their specific toolboxes. Below are some amazing things have helped Jack develop his gross motor skills and thrive in his independence. We hope they will your family as well!