One of the goals I set for Lucy when we started to work together was for her to be able to jump three times without any help. This initially seemed a mammoth task- her best attempts at jumps were more lopsided gallops, and often ended in her landing in a pile on the floor in a fit of giggles! But together we have persevered- we have worked on balance and strength, giving her the support from her pelvis to enable her legs to co-ordinate themselves into a jump. We have practiced jumping regularly and rejoiced together at the fast progress she has made with this practice; Lucy’s face the first time she jumped when holding my hands was amazing and beautiful- a picture of pride, joy and self-confidence.
As the weeks have continued, Lucy has made further progress on an almost daily basis. We have been working on jumping down small steps holding hands. As always, we have a routine- together, in Chinese we say ‘one, two, three… JUMP’. On ‘jump’, Lucy will bend her legs, her knees and leans forwards (occasionally the difference between this and a Chinese squat is negligible!) but she will then rise with a leap and land on the next step, a huge smile spreading over her face and a round of applause ready for herself. Today, for the first time, Lucy jumped down the steps just holding one hand… what a wonderful achievement for a girl who 6 weeks ago could not jump at all! Well done Miss Lucy!
Although jumping to me an you may seem a small, irrelevant achievement, to sweet Lucy it is one of the most significant things in her little world. It is such a privilege to be able to help the kids at New Day achieve their goals, and witnessing their joy following the hard work and struggles brings unimaginable satisfaction; thank-you Lucy.
This post was written by our Occupational Therapist, Jenny