Physical Therapy

I don’t write about Down Syndrome very much because it really doesn’t play a big part in our lives. One thing it has added though, is our weekly playdate with Miss Beth. At first we came to Beth so she could do Cranial Sacral therapy on Layna because we weren’t sure why she was breathing so loudly. Now that little little girl is bigger, she doesn’t need Cranial Sacral anymore but has transitioned into physical therapy to help with her low muscle tone and gross motor development. Or to get one on one play time from another goofy adult that loves her. Or both.

Waiting room and Therapy room. It’s kid heaven for all three of them with trains, wall to wall mats, and shelves and shelves of toys. And this is our fabulous Miss Beth.


This is what little man and little girl do while Layna does this:



Mostly it’s a lot of silly games and high-pitched squeaky noises followed by deep belly laughs from Layna. We try to sneak in crawling and standing and walking practice when she isn’t looking.

Developmentally Layna is doing great. She started this thing last week where she will get on her hands and knees like she is going to crawl. Well, she hates being on her hands and knees and refuses to crawl, soooo she then gets up on her toes (sometimes using her head as support while she repositions her hands) and does the Yoga position “Down Dog.” After hanging out like this for a bit she plops down amid enthusiastic applause from the rest of us. Also, little miss Thang is getting quite the attitude about feeding herself. She insists upon holding the spoon and will condescend to let me help guide it to her mouth and back to the bowl. I can only feed her by myself if she is starving. Sleeping great, loving her mobility (getting across the family room in 3.7 seconds flat), and still terrorizing her siblings… I love watching her become more her everyday. Who knew that extra chromosome would be kinda fun?

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