Vestibular dysfunction basically involves balance and knowing (or really in this case not knowing) the position of her limbs in space. When I began reading more about vestibular functioning (again) I found quite a bit about it's relation to auditory processing (which is another area with big red flags) and problems with the inner ear. And it makes me wonder if it relates to the many, many ear infections she had in her first years of life (something like 18 in 18 months). Sadie's vestibular system under-registers her movements.
Reading about the signs of kids with sensory seeking vestibular problems is like reading about either of the girls .
Sadie with her always moving, spinning, jumping, non-stop movements and her love of the fastest rides at Disney World when she was all of three years of age (she loved Big Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain and because she was so tall she could actually go on them at that age) seems like the portrait of a kid who's dealing with a under registering vestibular system.
Right now I'm finding roller skating is a huge, huge help. I had her skate for about fifteen minutes before school yesterday morning and then had her get up and do a few laps around the living room after each subject and it was amazing how much easier reading was!
Since walking is such a big part of our lives normally not being able to walk for more than few minutes is definitely a big change. And I just have to keep reminding myself that sitting down so much is not being lazy (because sitting around this much feels really, really lazy in my head) but definitely seems to be a required part of keeping this little guy safely in place for the next month and a half!
|An outtake from the weekly photo taking process.
(because I just can't call snapping a picture with my computer a "photo shoot")
I'm so thankful for all the tools she's mastering and all ways that she's finding to communicate!
|These days it's almost all about mermaids!
Sadie: "This is a picture of Maggie being baptized. What was I doing when Maggie was baptized?"
Me: "You were being pretty wild."
Sadie: "I was. What was I wearing?"
Me: "A pink and yellow dress. But all you wanted to do was run around. You didn't want to be in any of the pictures."
Sadie: "It was because I was so excited that Maggie was being baptized!"
|The wildness just couldn't be contained.
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