Richard Tocci

Richard Tocci
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Saturday, March 7, 2009

Hayden's Good News

I had the kids again last night, and when I picked them up at their mother's house, Fliss talked to me about Hayden's recent visit from the physical therapist from the State of Texas. Hayden still needs a few things to get his physical skills advanced. He's getting up on his knees now, trying to crawl, but he uses the back of his hands, like a gorilla, to push himself up. When he attempts to go forward, he rolls forward and goes back to crawling using the Army Crawl technique he's mastered the last few months. So to fix this, he'll need hand and wrist braces and hand wraps to flatten his hands.

While this was progress, I was more interested in her comments about his mental progress. While the therapist talked with Fliss, she put Hayden down to watch television. He sat and watched an entire 30 minute cartoon show. I've seen him do this, but never thought much about it. He and Alex watch TV together while at my house often, so it was no surprise to me.

What did surprise me was that this is not a 2 year old skill. Watching television for extended periods of time is an advanced skill -- 2-year-olds do not hold typically their attention for that long. The therapist also noted that Hayden laughed at the parts of the show that were funny and did not at the parts that were not. This is another skill that 2-year-olds don't have. These skills are done by older children.

I was not surprised, but was very happy to hear this news. It simply reinforced my beliefs that Hayden will turn out just fine in the long run. We'll just have to be patient, and let him develop on his own.


Penni Domikis said...

I'm so glad to hear positive things about Hayden. Noah used to watch a disney movie for 2 hours when he was a 10 month old. I think Hayden will be fine as well. Sometimes you just need to treat them normal and stand back and they make it. He sure is cute as a button.

The Guptas said...

Congrats on the good news!! Keep the faith!

Unknown said...

Thank you for the words of encouragement. This morning, Fliss showed me that she put up the baby gate in the doorway to the kitchen. But Hayden is smarter than Alex was at that age -- he makes the journey around through the dining room to the kitchen doorway. The goal? Play in the dog's water bowl...

But he hates taking a bath...