Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Making Progress

Well we've gone to the Feldenkrais therapy three times now and I. LOVE. IT. It's really exciting to see the changes Lewis has made in such a short time. The changes are very subtle but they are definitely there. Today we went to the CLC for the first time since he started the therapy. Lewis's conductor was amazed at how much he's changed in just two weeks. She kept saying, "Look at his back! Look how good he looks. He looks amazing! I can't believe how much he's improved!" So I finally broke the news to her that Lewis had been getting Feldenkrais therapy. She said that Peto (the man that founded conductive education) and Feldenkrais actually worked together. In fact, Peto even mentions Feldenkrais in his book. So the two philosophies work really well together. She also explained how we can effectively use the two therapies together. Feldenkrais connects Lewis's brain with all the individual parts of his body and muscles. Conductive Ed shows Lewis what he can DO with those new connections. I think that's critical for Lewis since he wouldn't necessarily be able to do that by himself like a typical kid. He just needs a little extra direction and practice. I am so excited to see where this takes Lewis!

 Lewis's Feldenkrais therapist doesn't think he has much awareness of his knees. So the goal is to get him to see his knees, touch them, see what they feel like, how they bend, etc. So I thought I'd make them a little more interesting by drawing smiley faces on them. He loved it! Stickers worked well too. 

What is that at the end of my leg? 

I have two of them?!

How did I not know these were here?

Mmmmm

P.S. Our insurance is not fond of either of these therapies, but thanks to so many generous friends and family members, we're able to afford to pay out-of-pocket for Lewis to get the therapy that he needs. We're so grateful!

2 comments:

  1. Alright, that's it...I'm signing Grey up for Feldenkrais!!! SO exciting to hear about how well it is going for Lewis! Look at him chewing on those feet...so EXCITING!! (Did I just say that chewing on feet was exciting?)

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  2. That looks great!
    I have found that since Nick has found his feet (yup those things at the end of his legs) he has so much mroe interest in moving.
    Sounds like a great therapy!

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