Hoping to someday find M's brother adopted in the U.S. -
Myckola Oleksandrovych Markov - 8/26/2003

Saturday, February 2, 2013

McKie Splint & Therapeutic Listening Therapy

M goes to physical therapy once a week and occupational therapy once every two weeks at a wonderful therapy center.  We have been so blessed with the therapists here.  The business owner who is also M's PT has two adopted children from Russia so she has been AMAZING with M from more than just the therapy aspect.  

M's right arm has some spasticity in it, as she is more right side affected by her CP.  We've tried Kinesio tape and a TENS unit, both with some success.  Most recently we ordered her a McKie Splint. The advantage to this is that it can be worn all day, it won't peel off, it can be re-applied immediately after removing, and its washable.  Plus ITS PINK!


M's Occupational Therapist is trying something new with her.  Its called therapeutic listening.  M has a hard time focussing due to what I *think* is performance anxiety and just worrying so much about something being "too hard" that she will pretend she cannot do it or purposefully make a mess of it.  We're not really quite sure WHY she does some of the things she does, but we both know that she is capable of much more than she will actually DO most of the time.  She is actually quite a brilliant child who has mastered the art of pretending NOT to be.  Therapeutic Listening is supposed to (and I'm paraphrasing here) help her brain focus on what she is doing and NOT on whatever else might be running through her head (like convincing people she cannot do things).  Its supposed to help lower anxiety and improve focus.  We've done two sessions and while we're not sure yet if we've seen any results, M definitely really likes wearing the headphones :)


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