Shortly after we got D’s CP diagnosis, we were approved to get regular pediatric physical therapy. We met with our PT when D was 7 months old, and she took about an hour to evaluate D. At this time he wasn’t sitting up on his own, couldn’t stand tummy time, and would grab some for objects. She wanted us to come and work with her once a week, and unlike the EI services, she would mostly work “on” him and then give me a few exercises or techniques to do with him at home. She said it was good that we weren’t dragging our feet, and that the earlier he got PT the more it would benefit him. We talked about the areas the neurologist was concerned about (mainly ankles, right arm/hand, and left leg), and we planned to focus on those. She also felt his tummy was weak – understandably given the number of abdominal surgeries he had! – and that he had a tendency to stiffen up, so she wanted to work on those as well.
D really hated her at first! She would start off with stretches and massage, but he has always been a cautious baby so he didn’t like being held or touched by a stranger. He would actually start getting upset as soon as we walked in the room. But when I would try the same stretches and massages at home, he wouldn’t even acknowlege that I was doing anything. That told me that they weren’t painful for him, thank goodness! I won’t say that our PT is one of his favorite people, but he very rarely cries or gets upset during the sessions anymore.