Victories: Immobility to Creeping
Results: The only thing that matters in the world of hurt kids
At birth a newborn baby is immobile: the baby can move his arms and legs freely but cannot move forward. This is the first stage and at this point the baby is essentially immobile.
A baby needs a user-friendly floor environment that makes it easy and safe to creep
As the baby has more opportunity on his belly on the floor the baby moves his arms and legs more. The more he does so, the better he gets. The baby makes many experiments to discover what is needed in order to move forward.
When a baby begins to actually move forward this is the beginning of crawling and it is a very important stage in the baby’s development. The more the baby has the opportunity to crawl the more the baby will begin to push up and try to get on hands and knees. Creeping is the second vital mobility stage. The baby must defy gravity to stay on hands and knees and move forward. Once the baby does so successfully his world opens up. Creeping is easier and faster for the baby now the baby travels all over the house. Search and discovery can begin in earnest – the baby is free.
Injury to the brain either before, during or after delivery can result in complete or partial immobility or paralysis. This is because of injury to the motor pathway not injury to the arms and legs.
A clean, smooth tile floor is an excellent user-friendly floor environment. Maria and Anna are experts they waste no time in chalking up many meters of fine creeping as part of their program.
Appropriate sensory stimulation and motor opportunity are the answer when the motor pathway is in trouble. When the child is provided with appropriate sensory stimulation with increased frequency, intensity and duration in recognition of the orderly way in which the brain develops and then given ample opportunity to move, that pathway will grow. The child will begin to move a few inches on hands and knees, and then a few feet, and then use creeping as the means of transportation from place to place.
Ana Paula just beginning to learn how to creep
Ana Paula is from Mexico. She had feeding and respiratory problems in the first year of life. By the time she was 40 months old she was able to move her arms and legs but she was unable to move forward on the floor. Also her body was very rigid. She began on the program and 18 months later she began to crawl for the first time. She crawled as much as 260 meters a day. She crept 150 meters a day. Today Ana Paula is creeping 150 meters daily. A long journey for one very tough little girl.
Ana Paula with her superb team together they can do anything
Ruadhan begins on the pathway to creeping. He is no longer immobile he can creep anywhere he wants to go.
Little Ruadhan is from Ireland. He was diagnosed with quadriplegic cerebral palsy. At 30 months of age he could move his arms and legs but he was not able to move forward on the floor. Six months after beginning the program he began to crawl on his belly for the first time. After six months of crawling he began to creep for the first time. In one year he went from immobility to creeping. Today he is walking under the ladder independently.
Ruadhan with Mother just beginning to learn how to walk the overhead ladder – what a long way he has come from the little boy who could not move.
Shannen creeping at last and on her way to real independent mobility
Shannen is from Indonesia. She was diagnosed with pontocerebellar hypoplasia. At 15 months she could her move arms and legs but she could not move forward on the floor and all four limbs were rigid. Two months after beginning the program she began crawling for the first time. She crawled 200 meters daily. After five months, she began creeping for the first time. She crept 500 meters a day. She achieved both a crawling and a creeping victory when she was 2 years old. Today she is walking under the overhead ladder with a goal of walking independently.
Wow! Shannen walking all by herself
Ana Paula, Ruadhan and Shannen were all born with severe injuries to the brain. They were immobile and the prognosis for each of them was very poor. Today they are no longer paralyzed but they crawl and creep and are on their way to walk. What an astonishing accomplishment for these incredibly tough children and what a tribute to the love and dedication of their incredible parents.
What an honor and a privilege it is to be part of this journey. We salute you.