Road tripping it seems to be a very daunting and long undertaking for any family with a baby but in fact it actually became the PERFECT environment for vision therapy for Noah as well as working on his awareness of his hands and face. I sat in the back with Noah for the entire trip (my hubby playing our hot chauffeur) with a full bag of toys and gadgets I could use and play with Noah. He was stuck strapped into his car seat which made it so that he had a very limited environment with very few distractions. This allowed him to really work hard on the same task or toy for hours really. Nothing works better for ACC kids than repetition and this offered a wonderful way to make the time fly by as well as allow Noah to work on things. In the end he learned that he has two hands that can come into mid-line (center of his torso) and he discovered fingers :) He also learned that there are toys light enough for him to pick up (even for only a second). What I learned is that I could make many toys out of one bag of stuff and use my imagination to create therapy aids for Noah. Up to this point he was unable to grasp pretty much anything. By the time I was done with him he could grasp a few things for more than just a couple seconds. Rewarding!
|This one makes me laugh|
|attached wrist rattle|
|rattle free...grasping on his own!|
After many hours of playing "working" with Noah this was our final outcome. Mind you this was after a few days and over 20 hours of working with him throughout the vacation but I am SO happy with the results. Please do not mind my dorky baby talk voice as it cannot compete to the cuteness of Noah's adorable coo's and squeals.
|soundly sleeping or over stimulation?|
|can we count this as his first time touching the beach?|
|Beach trip failure|
|still not happy in the car|
Aquariums are wonderful....enough said! Such a calm environment for us as parents and a perfect place for strollers. You can go anywhere in these places with strollers and Noah liked all the sounds of kids laughing and we are pretty sure he liked the jelly fish rooms with their neon colors and soothing background music.
At the end of our vacation and the many many hours driving and sight seeing we got home and just vegged out on the couch and all of us fell into a very deep slumber. It is such a perfect feeling knowing you just experienced a grand adventure and made many memories and reached many new milestones.
|We were ALL exhausted!!!!|
This is what I wish I was still doing. Even though it was cold and I was wearing a hoodie and the hotel could be compared to the Bates Motel...it was still on the beach and the sun sets were gorgeous!