1. Hypersensitivity To Movement (Over-Responsive):
__ avoids/dislikes playground equipment; i.e., swings, ladders, slides, or merry-go-rounds
Fine with swings now; sat on a see-saw for some time, although held by me, because her weight wasn't sufficient to let gravity do its job. I don't know if she'll like it again.
__ prefers sedentary tasks, moves slowly and cautiously, avoids taking risks, and may appear "wimpy"
She crawls like a maniac. Stands up and walks around holding onto things all the time. Gets into cubes used to house her clothes. Is afraid of falls it seems however, but a fall doesn't deter her from standing up again. Just not confident walking, it seems.
__ avoids/dislikes elevators and escalators; may prefer sitting while they are on them or, actually get motion sickness from them
Well, she is most often sitting in her stroller or in the baby carrier or in my arms, so can't say.
__ may physically cling to an adult they trust
As in how? All the time? She goes to strangers just fine soon after warming up time.
__ may appear terrified of falling even when there is no real risk of it
Hmmm, she seems most afraid to walk. She climbs out of our bed just fine. She tries to climb in too. Stands up in her high chair in a bid to escape (why I feed her sitting on the floor) if left too long.
__ afraid of heights, even the height of a curb or step
Stands in a high chair and the height of the swing didn't bother her. She loves a step. Goes up and down, up and down. However, when I tried to teach her to get out of the bed before she turned 1, she would refuse to go and climb, more like claw, back up. She learnt to climb onto and off furniture on her own. Now, climbs into and off stroller (tolal) herself.
__ fearful of feet leaving the ground
__ fearful of going up or down stairs or walking on uneven surfaces
We were hard pressed to keep her off the stairs, pretty high rise ones too, when we visited someone recently.
__ afraid of being tipped upside down, sideways or backwards; will strongly resist getting hair washed over the sink
I don't think she is afraid of any of this; may strongly resist getting hair washed in sink, just because she's not used to a shower. She let's me wash her hands, tipped towards the sink, though, and tries her best to touch the sink fixtures, touch the sink...
__ startles if someone else moves them; i.e., pushing his/her chair closer to the table
Nah, doesn't bother her. We went on a "boat ride" this afternoon, with her sitting in a Closet Maid fabric drawer.
__ as an infant, may never have liked baby swings or jumpers
She didn't like the swing initially, but she was fine with her Fisherprice 3-in-1 rocker. She enjoyed the jumperoo from day 1, but mostly, only if I don't use it as a baby-sitter. I have to be in full view. Normal, "that giant is a part of me and a giant part of me is walking away from me", behaviour, I suppose. She'll let her father leave her in it, and do dishes and such, but not me.
__ may be fearful of, and have difficulty riding a bike, jumping, hopping, or balancing on one foot (especially if eyes are closed)
I had to drag her away from a trike in the mall the other day, although her feet don't reach the ground. She wanted to be wheeled around in it. This was a trike with no bells and whistles nor a handle for parent to push it around. So, I took her to a toy store to buy one with it, which had a foot rest that she could reach, and while she wasn't unhappy in it or didn't protest, she wasn't particularly thrilled either. Thinking that she lost interest in trikes, I took her back to the first store to see what she does, and what does she do! She starts jumping in her stroller as soon as we get to the section. Granted, the thrill on her face wasn't the same as the first 2 times on it, but she was happy nonetheless. Her feet don't reach the pedals on this one; at one time, she was trying to propel herself forward with one foot on the ground, other foot hanging almost on the seat.
__ may have disliked being placed on stomach as an infant
Initially, but by about 2.5 months, she was fine with us helping her roll onto her tummy. She lifted her head straight up at 3 months.
__ loses balance easily and may appear clumsy
Well, given that she cannot/will not walk yet, I don't know.
__ fearful of activities which require good balance
Same as above.
__ avoids rapid or rotating movements
She enjoyed "ring-a-ring-a-roses", holding on to mine and DH's hands. Crawls like no-man's business, pushes anything from waste paper basket to stool to footstool to chair to walk with. Rotates round and round while sitting, to avoid grabbing hands of other babies.
Based on what I mentioned, hypersensitivity is the most likely, correct? But she doesn't appear to have most of the symptoms, thank goodness, apart from the apparent fear of walking. Earlier today, she started walking, but on a sleeping bag. She kept slipping and losing her balance, so she fell. However, she was very gleeful that she managed to walk and tried to let off steam by bending over in a mountain pose, head touching the ground. Jumping in that posture as well as she could, promptly fell on her face. Looked around to see if I was watching, which I was, hoping that she'll get up and walk again, now that she was off the sleeping bag, gave a whimper, and off she went, about her activities.
Sorry for the super-long post. I am normally a hypochondriac. Left to myself and if I can, I'll sanitize everything and everyone. It takes a lot of will power to not do it, knowing what I do about how the immune system works. So, it is reassuring that I don't think that DD has it. I'll observe her for a bit longer. We have a pediatrician appointment tomorrow, but it is for a follow-up because at 12 mo, her total iron was low.
Thank you so much for bringing this to my attention. I'll keep it in mind for her 18 mo appointment. Or sooner, based on what my observations turn up.
Edited by hasya - 8/2/11 at 8:12pm