Last time I gave a therapy update, Jana was still struggling to stand on her own and just started taking a few steps. What a difference a few months makes!! Jana officially can stand on her own and pull up on just about everything. She officially started climbing up steps and making my days even more interesting. She can walk pretty decent amount with just holding my hands or using her walker given to her by her physical therapist. This girl is on the move and nothing is getting in her way!! It is so amazing to see her working so hard to reach her goals. In the past week alone, I’ve seen a huge change in her confidence and strength. She is constantly freaking us out by climbing on furniture and getting herself in tight spots.
I found this online:
The average age to begin walking in a child with down syndrome is 25 months (with a range of 14-42 months), versus a child without down syndrome, where the average age is 13 months with a normal range of 9-17 months.
So Jana is actually above the curve from her DS buddies in walking, and just a little behind her typical friends. I am so so proud of her!! At times it is still tough. To watch her try so hard but still not be able to do it. I can see her little brain telling her tiny body what to do, but it still not working. There are times she gets very frustrated and just tries to give up. But she is stubborn and independent, so not much stops her from reaching her goals. (Even as I type this she is trying to figure out how to climb onto the couch so she can take my computer away 🙂 )
I don’t see her having to use the walker for long. But if she does, that will be perfectly fine. She is proud of the steps she can take unassisted and it helps bring more independence in her life. I know when people see it with her, it confuses them. I mean really, the walker screams SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD!! But you know what, when I see her beautiful face light up when she can move on her own, I don’t care what anyone thinks! My girl is perfect just the way she is! And if people are uncomfortable with that, then thats just too bad 😉