Precisely why it’s important

When googling “physical therapy west syndrome babies” this morning, I found that our blog is in three out of the top four links.  Of course, I am tagging the heck out of my posts so that other people can find Lola’s regime, but it’s still shocking that there isn’t much information on the subject.  This is why I will continue to document all of Lola’s therapy sessions. ...
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Gravity Therapy

Here is Moises introducing the gravity therapy to Lola.  He is basically teaching Lola the feeling of gravity so it will challenge the cortex of her brain.  The cortex will then tell her brain waves that she is not to fall.  It is a fascinating exercise and a very crucial one in Lola’s development.  If her brain is challenged then it will get stronger.  It is the hope that through her therapy the stronger part of her brain will eventually take over the weaker part where the epileptic foci lies.  If we succeed than Lola has a good chance of going on with a life free of seizures.  Lola loves being mobile, so this is an easy exercise to get her to do. ...
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Phase Three of PT – The G Factor

Yesterday morning I received a phone call from Moises’ office stating he had space in the afternoon.  Seeing that Lola wouldn’t have been able to get in until the following week, I quickly jumped at the chance.  I knew she had been quite tired, but we’ve learned that Moises is quite capable of handling her even when she is fussy.  Rob had a ton of work to catch up on, so my mom came instead. Nothing worse than waking a sleeping baby. Whew – were we nervous as to how she would be. Moises began by testing her motor skills for improvements. She looked at the gold ball as well as grabbed at it. This was something she couldn’t do just two weeks ago. Moises introduced the G...
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In this video, Melissa is working hard to keep Lola’s focus on the black and white image.

In this video, Melissa is working hard to keep Lola’s focus on the black and white image.  This was the third image Melissa had used and you can see that Lola begins to get easily distracted.  We were told always to introduce the object from left to right.  The paper object should be transferred to a harder surface (such as a folder) and should never be laminated as the plastic can show reflections.  It should remain about an arm length away from the baby’s gaze and it should always be slowly moved.   Here is a link to similar objects that Melissa gave to us: http://baby.zorger.com/baby.zorger.com.newborn.pdf...
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Phase Two of PT – Exploring the Senses

Lola had physical therapy this past Saturday.  Rob and I were both looking forward to seeing Moises again as we have already witnessed significant changes in Lola’s strength…and that’s in just over a week.  So when we were called back to a new area for therapy we both guessed that she was seeing a new therapist and right we were.   Melissa (the new PT), greeted us and began to speak quickly in Spanish.  Great, I thought.  While I can hang with the best of them when speaking conversationally, I hesitate to want to speak solely in Spanish when it comes to important matters regarding my daughter.  But Melissa vowed to speak slowly and she also ensured us that she would send an email explaining the exercises (Google...
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