Lola’s occupational therapy session with Melissa went great today. Melissa was over the top impressed with what changes she saw in Lola’s vision. She commented that not only was Lola focusing better, she was focusing for much longer periods of time. She wasn’t as easily distracted and she seemed genuinely interested in what she was looking at. Melissa was exceptionally happy to see what amazing progress Lola is making which, of course, makes me proud.
While Lola’s vision is improving, she still has a long way to go which is why Melissa is choosing to continue with many vision exercises in Lola’s daily OT routine. Today Melissa used visual aids in the shape of animal faces. She also made the animal sounds as she tried to get Lola to follow the animals. We are not only working on Lola’s sight, but her hearing as well. Melissa wants Lola to correlate the sounds with the appropriate animal. I must say Melissa does a way better frog sound than I could ever come up with!
I was pretty impressed with how well Lola followed the animals. Remember that just under two months ago, Lola couldn’t even see a black and white visual aid. She looked like a blind Stevie Wonder trying to find it. But here she is today following these light pastel colored animals with virtually no problem. Granted it would take her a minute to figure out where they were, but once she found them, her gaze was locked. It was so cool to see!
After the appointment, Lola and I had to run a few errands. I love bringing her everywhere with me because she loves looking at things. I encourage her see an object, feel it and then I tell her what it is. I’m always looking for different colors, textures, sounds or anything that is new to her. The more she is exposed to, the better. So with over an hour of therapy, no nap in more than eight hours and way too much excitement Lola appeared to be on a form of baby crack. She was so hyper, I can’t even explain what a crazy ass she was. Not crying or fussy…just plain out of control hyper. You couldn’t pick her up without her trying to jump up and down. When I put her on her belly, she was moving all over the place. When I fed her, she kept springing up into a sitting position. She was hilarious. But thankfully her baby high finally wore off…
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