I don't know why I'm sharing this. I think I just want some of the more experienced mommas to give it a glance and let me know if there's any tweak you would give or if I'm making some major gaffe somewhere.
This is in answer to 'what else do you want us to know about your child'
DD (3 1/2) has had problems with her left leg since she started walking. It would often (and still does sometimes) buckle under her, taking her down. However, it did not register as abnormal to us until we realized she wasn’t alternating her legs on stairs and was behind on that milestone.
In fact, we noticed she used the right leg exclusively on stairs and was still falling a lot, often for no reason. When I first encouraged her to use her left leg on the stairs, she couldn’t ‘find’ her leg—I could see her trying to figure out how to get her leg to move and failing-- and, when she finally did, it wouldn’t hold her weight.
I took her to the pediatrician in Spring 2010 and she referred us to a neurologist (who I’m looking to replace). Neurologically she seems fine. There’s no diagnosis to date.
But she has observable weakness in the left leg and regresses without physical therapy. She’s had several falls down stairs, one quite scary. She still falls for no reason, but with regular therapy it’s not as prevalent. She can alternate legs on stairs, but chooses not to unless prompted by us. She refuses to alternate coming down stairs for us, but the PT can coax her to do it.
Left on her own, she will avoid use of the left leg.
She appears fine, superficially, until you watch closely and realize she favors her right leg and does little with the left. She can cover pretty well using the right and there are no stairs at organized activities like preschool so it doesn’t stand out.
Due to the noise phobia and fear of tape/band-aids she’s exhibited at PT, it’s been suggested we seek an OT evaluation for sensory issues. On the parent evaluation the PT had me fill out, she registers as having sensory issues for sound. Our ped recommended contacting First Step.
Regarding noise, concerts and movies are a problem. We have even used noise reduction head phones which have not been enough. She covers her ears a lot and says “too loud.” At places that are loud to her, she immediately wants to go home and will cry or ask to go to the bathroom repeatedly as a means of escape.
Fine motor, she is still working on mastering things like door knobs, scissors, peeling stickers and getting puzzle pieces to fit. I feel that she is behind in this area.
Behaviorally if she can’t do it, she won’t try. She frustrates very easily and gives up, refuses to participate, tantrums etc… I am currently seeking out ways to help her manage this and ordered a book called “Try and Stick With It” to read with her.
Cognitively, she knows both upper and lower case letters as well as phonic sounds. She is reading a little bit and can count to 20. She can count objects up to 10 reliably about 85% of the time—occasionally she skips an item, which goes in hand with her visual discretion lagging behind other skills a bit. Knows her colors, shapes etc… Due to PT, knows left and right as well.
At the recommendation of the PT, we’ve also enrolled her in soccer, swimming, dance and ice skating. Except for swimming, she is observably behind her peers.
Edited by Violet2 - 4/22/11 at 7:42am