Adelie and Staley's World

Adelie and Staley's World

Sunday, February 27, 2011

New Developments

Typical development is amazing to me.  In my job as a pediatric occupational therapist, I work with children who have various developmental delays.  Often I am working with children on general developmental skills like head control, bringing hands to mouth, moving arms and legs, rolling, or sitting.  The parents of these children have to work with them consistently at home to achieve these skills.  And, unfortunately, sometimes these simple developmental goals are not achieved.

Delayed development is what I have become accustomed to.  So watching Staley develop motor skills without having to be taught is truly amazing to me.  It seems like she is developing new skills every day!  She is lifting her head and holding it up when she's upright and during tummy time.  She can get her fist in her mouth, and is beginning to get her thumb or several fingers in her mouth occasionally.  On her play mat, she is starting to flail her arms and kick her legs more deliberately to hit her dangling toys.  She is following toys and faces with her eyes.  And she has just started "talking."  She is making lots of vowel sounds with intermittent grunts, squeals, and snorts.  I do think we heard her say "Urlacher" on one occasion!

Tummy time superstar

Loving her play mat

Hopefully toilet training, obeying her parents, and helping around the house come just as naturally!!


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