A couple of posts ago, I mentioned the activity mat, made by Leckey, that May’s physio and OT lent us for use at home.
When I flew to the States, it didn’t fit into my luggage, so I left it behind. Instead, I tried to mimic its holds with towels and pillows – a totally unsatisfactory endeavor.
Now home, I see why the velcro on the straps and individual pieces work so effectively. Leckey describes the system as supporting, “the child in a secure and comfortable position allowing them to engage in a much broader range of activities than they might do otherwise.”
Today, I placed her in the seat with a strap under her arm. As her arms were already lifted, she was able to reach forward and play with my mouth while I sang to her. It was a great moment for a parent like me. Sometimes, I wonder if May will ever be able to do normal things like reach up and touch my face. Today, I saw that, with proper support, she will.
Many thanks to May’s physio and OT for emailing the photos as part of a program of work they devised for May and I.