Friday, June 22, 2012

Early Intervention

Did you know that children with Down Syndrome can learn and do anything a "typical" child can do. Isabella will reach all of her milestones: rolling over, sitting up, crawling, talking, walking, potty training, etc. she will just need a little more time. We will have to work with her a lot more and she will need physical, occupational, and speech therapy to help her. She had her Physical Therapy evaluation at 6 weeks, and officially started her therapy on Wednesday. She only needs physical therapy for now, and we will add the others as needed. I had no idea that every state has an Early Intervention program for children with special needs. They will provide therapy for Isabella until the age of 3 - which is a huge blessing. For now she will go every Wednesday for one hour. Her therapist (H) said she would like to work up to three times a week in the near future. Isabella will be having open heart surgery for her AV Canal next month and she will not be able to do tummy time for 6 weeks after that, so she will most likely lose some muscle tone. H said she will need three one hour sessions a week after surgery so we can build up her strength. Life is about to get crazier than it already is. Seriously, taking her to all of her appointments and therapies is going to be like a part time job! I am NOT complaining at all, I am SO thankful that she will be getting the best care to help her develop. I am also very thankful for my sweet friends who help me with Xander during all of Isabella's appointments! 

Right now we are really working on building her neck strength and eye tracking. So far she does not seem to mind therapy. She tolerated a whole hour of tummy time, rolling over, and eye tracking so well. It also helps that she has a SUPER sweet therapist that will (hopefully) be with her for the next three years.

A couple pictures from her evaluation, then her first session... sorry for the poor quality, they are from my phone.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!! SO happy its Friday! 

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