So, my little guy, 27 months, has mild/moderate CP -- fluctuating tone mostly that makes it hard for him to get his balance and calibrate his movement. At first glance you wouldn't notice it if he was sitting or playing on the floor. He walks in a gait trainer/walker and the physiatrist has predicted that he will walk independently, even play soccer someday!
Our PT on the other hand is a glass-half-empty person by nature and today she suggested it was time to look at getting a wheelchair for him. She is more skeptical and gloomy about his chances of walking, whereas I have always felt intuitively that he would. She says it will be easier for him to get around and function at school in a chair. She doesn't know we are already attending homeschool co-op and probably won't enroll him in school.
Is the wheelchair going to reduce his motivation to walk? I'm having a tough time with this decision. As it is, we work a lot with him using Conductive Education principles (Hungarian system) and putting him in a wheelchair at this age seems really inconsistent with encouraging maximum independence. Also, I still really want him to master crawling, which we are working hard on.
Thoughts appreciated! I want to be sure I'm considering all sides.