To say that we have seen some improvements in Oia's ability to use and incorporate her right hand in daily situations would be an understatement. In the whole scheme of things, progress has been huge in recent months. She is learning to control both hands separately which is beyond challenging in most CP kiddos like Oia, especially when one hand has a tendency to remain closed or when the thumb finds its way tucked inside a fisted hand. (We are not out of the woods yet where a fisted hand is concerned but thankfully it rarely happens anymore.) And overflow is a bitch; nearly impossible to work through. But this girl is conquering it!
Below are proof that 3 of Oia's current OT goals have been MET! These goals have been the long term goals in place since Oia began OT when she was nearly 8 months old. Today, she is nearly 3. This is proof you can't rush perfection but even more telling of where Oia's patience and determination have taken her (and there's no doubt that 2 constraint therapies have made a difference as well.)
First Video, Goal 1: Gain the precision, strength, and accuracy to voluntarily grasp and hold a small object with the right hand (and while engaging the left hand at the same time makes this extremely difficult).
Second video, Goal 2: Stabilize or hold a container with the right hand/arm to carry or to place objects inside of with the left hand. And Goal 3: Transfer small objects from right hand to left hand and vise-versa.
Are her movements perfect, quick, with ease and fluidity? No. But they are just that; movements, and how remarkable coming from a girl who at one time in her life had developmental disregard for her right arm which means she never even knew it existed.
Oia, you've come a long way, sweet girl. You are simply amazing.