Maria, her OT, gave us a few techniques to help Mila become aware of her body. Brushing and joint compression were two key factors that connected Mila's body awareness and ability to bear weight through her limbs in a short amount of time. Below is a brief explanation from the National Autisim Resources website, of how these two simple techniques, can completely change a child's function.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Two Steps Forward, Three Steps Back
The team from Early Intervention were concerned that some of Mila's difficulty could be sensory related. Thankfully they initiated a occupational therapy consult so within a few weeks of beginning PT, we started to link some missing pieces. I never realized how one little body could be so confused. Her head bopping (that we love so much) a.k.a, her happy dance, the inability to bear weight through her limbs, fear of being off balance, unfamiliar movements while being held, flinching when things move towards her, the dislike of having her hands or feet held, are a handful of sensory deficits that she has struggled with for a long time. Mila was completely unaware of where her body was in space, and she compensating by expressing fear when put in those situations.