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I think 98% of what I hear all day long is "PUUUUUSH MAMA!" He can't wheel his own chair though since it's an adaptive stroller. It gets very old very fast, so I know what you mean. I have no idea how to get her to push it more independantly, but maybe in time she'll just start doing it.
Oh, I really think that in time, she'll see what kind of independence she's got, and she'll start pushing herself much more. Does she use the wheelchair inside the house? That's what helped Michaela at first. She quickly caught on to the fact that if she was having to wait for someone to, say, push her into the kitchen, it was going to be a lot slower than pushing herself .
She still wanted to be pushed when we were out and about, because it was simply so much faster, but this gradually changed, too. I can't say how old she was, but eventually, Michaela got to where she was kind of offended if you assumed she wanted to be pushed. And now, of course, she is openly offended if someone tries to "help" without asking first .
Congratulations to Rebekah!
Joni and kids, incl. Michaela :, 12, syringomyelia, and Gabe :, 10 today!, w/autism and Down syn.