Cayla’s physio Megan has been here to see us and is happy with her progress. However, as Cayla is still quite stiff in her calf muscles she suggested that Botox would be beneficial sometime in the near future. Botox only lasts about 4-6 months and it has now been six months since Dr Whitewood gave her first injection in July last year. You can read about that here and here.
Megan is putting together a home-plan with activities and games that will make Cayla put more weight on her left foot which will be good. We’re seeing Megan this week again and also meeting the new speech pathologist in our team of therapists.
I will spend most of this year doing as much therapy with Cayla as possible to prepare her for school (kindy) next year. Here in Perth kids start school the year they turn four. It’s only 2-3 days a week depending on school and the kids are doing lots of playing, painting, name writing, art and craft, baking and so on.
I am currently looking into something called ‘Conductive Education’ (CE), which is a unique system of special education and rehabilitation. The Centre for Cerebral Palsy (TCCP) is not offering this therapy but have informed me about two places here in Perth that do so. One is Carson Street School and the other is private practice owned by a lady called Ildiko Szivek. I will contact both places in the next couple of weeks to find out if they believe this type of education/therapy would be beneficial for Cayla.
I should mention that I’m only after the 1-2 hour/week group sessions that Carson st school is offering. I think it would be great to take Cayla to a place where they do more intensive training compared to a normal dancing class or gymba roo for example. She hasn’t got any problems with controlling and coordinating her movements which is what this type of therapy really concentrate on so not quite sure if these group sessions can help with speech delay/difficulties as well.
Conductive Education is a learning process that was developed in Hungary in the 1950’s by Professor Adras Peto. It is a holistic approach that aims to help children with motor disorders learn how to overcome problems of movement, enabling them to function more independently. The basis is that Conductive Education works with each individual and his or her personal criteria with an intensive training both in groups or individually. Movement, communication and cognitive development are in focus. With an improved movement pattern, the potential is opened for development and learning. Conductive Education sees the child as a whole, recognising that each area of development impacts on the next. Physical skills, play skills, communication, social interaction, exploration and self-care skills are all developed within a fully integrated programme, planned by the Teacher-Conductor. A conductor undergoes a four-year academic course in conductive education that specialises in neurological injuries and will have a qualification from the International Petö Institute in Budapest or The National Istitute of Conductive Education in England.
Essentially, it is about developing a “can do” attitude – an active, problem solving approach to life and an adaptable, flexible nature in order to cope with the daily challenges life throws up – from walking, dressing, eating and personal hygiene to communicating, exploring the environment and engaging with activities and resources across all learning areas. You can read more about Conductive Education here and here. And in Swedish here.