June 25, 2009

Brushing & Bouncing!

We've started a "brushing" routine with Chase where we stroke his arms, legs, soles of his feet and palms of his hands roughly with a Sensory Brush. This is followed by joint compressions with his arms and legs. His physical therapist recommended this (as have other parents with kids with DS) so that Chase doesn't develop sensory processing issues sometimes seen with kids with DS. Examples of such a sensory problem would be an intolerance to foods with certain textures, bright colors, or even an aversion to the feeling of the floor under one's feet. So brushing is now part of his routine just as a preventative measure and we're getting used to pulling out the brush every two hours.



Other exercises we're doing with him include helping him track with his eyes, reach for objects across his chest, and working muscles for rolling over and sitting up. Chase's favorite exercise, though, is simply sitting on top of his big Yoga Ball and bouncing bouncing bouncing! That's always good for a huge, wild and crazy smile!

6 comments:

  1. Chase is a beautiful boy, and from reading your entries, I can tell he is a lucky little guy blessed with great parents!

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  2. Chase is adorable!! Matthew loved bouncing on the yoga ball too. You might want to get a jumperoo for him when he's a little older if he loves bouncing.

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  3. Besides the surgical brush, I would recomend using different types of textures. I used to keep a basket with all sorts of brushes, creams, cloths, fur, etc. on top of the fridge, where it was readily accessible.
    Another thing we did was to use a gum stimulator brush to brush the inside of Ricki's mouth, tonge, palate, and, of course, gums!

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