Thursday, June 4, 2009

Leah--20 Months.

Age (in months, or years and months): 20 months

Physical abilities: jumping climbing everything, perfecting kicking and throwing using both legs, marching, starting to walk up steps (holding on), running

Speech/language: vocabulary, sentence length, etc: around 50 words now, She talks constantly and has quite a few sentences, such as "who's that" or "I want this". She understands multi-step directions easily and points out pictures in books.

Other cognitive stuff: puzzles, reasoning, etc: Leah loves to do puzzles. She does small nob puzzles with her right hand and large nob puzzles only with her (effected)left hand. She can sit for awhile doing puzzles and usually doesn't need much help getting them all in the right spots.

Creativity: loves coloring and art. She can draw circles and loves to put stickers on paper or herself!

Imagination: plays wonderfully with her baby dolls/stuffed animals. Talks to them, kisses them and puts them to bed.

Social: miss social butterfly LOVES to play with her friends. She is always asking for them and when they are together she loves to hug and kiss them.

Character/personality: Leah has such a sweet little personality. She is very loving, caring and extremely affectionate. She is also very clearly entering the "terrible twos" in that she wants what she wants when she wants it! She can throw quite the tantrum as well

Therapy: Leah is receiving PT once a week and OT twice a week right now

CIMT: We just finished our second round of CIMT, where the cast had to be removed early (again) this week. The therapy clinic now knows Leah as "Houdini" because she manages to somehow slip out of a huge cast! Nonetheless, we are VERY pleased with her results. She had little to no awareness before this and is now incorporating "lefty" into a lot more. She is still using it mainly as an assist but has used it with an active grasp. The carry-over has been fantastic!

This summer Leah will be participating in a Constraint Induced Movement Therapy Summer Camp. She will be the youngest child they have ever taken, but her OT thinks that Leah is mature enough to join the 3 and 4 year olds. We still need to work out the details, but we are really looking forward to it!


TherExtras said...

I hope you get a great feeling writing about how well Leah is doing - it is a pleasure to read!

Love the photo of her on a horse just under this post, too. Barbara

Popcorn House said...

Glad Leah is doing so well! I am so happy that you all sound so HAPPY!

Keep up the great work guys!

Barbara said...

I agree - it sounds like she is doing incredible stuff!

I hear you on the two year old thing - with Bennett it was like someone flicked a switch and all of a sudden I had a demanding two year old.