We've been working on therapy exercises quite a lot recently.
Physical therapy to strengthen leg and feet muscles that have been “sleeping.”
And vision therapy to help David and Daniel's eyes with tracking.
David has a really encouraging physical therapist who has been helping him to improve his walking skills and his balance.
Yesterday she had him practice putting one foot directly in front of the other and holding that position for as long as he could. On his first attempts, he could only stand for a couple of seconds before he fell over. His arms were flapping wildly, and he felt discouraged that it was so hard for him. Then she said, “Look at the yellow strap across the room. Keep looking at it and try again.” By focusing on that strap, he was able to hold his position for over 30 seconds!
Having a focal point helped him to keep his focus off of his imbalance, so that he could center himself much better.
One of the vision therapy exercises we've been working on at home involves the boys lying on the floor, while I hold a ping pong ball attached to a string over their heads. They have to follow the star painted on the bottom of the ball with just their eyes while I swing it horizontally, vertically, and in a slow circle. David has learned how to keep his focus, so that I am able to give him spelling words and math problems to solve while he's following the star with his eyes. Daniel's eyes can track for little while, but then they start darting around so that I have to keep reminding him to follow the star. (It reminds me of the wise men.)
We've enjoyed reading the Chronicles of Narnia books together these past couple of weeks. We finished Prince Caspian on Sunday and watched the Disney movie last night. It struck me how Lucy, with childlike faith, was focused on Aslan throughout their journey, while the others had to grow in their desire both to see him and then to trust in him.
It's so easy to lose focus on what's most important in life, isn't it?
Helps us to balance.
Helps us to have the right priorities.
Helps us to find our way.
What are you focusing on these days?