TEACHING KIDS WITH CEREBRAL PALSY WALKING

infant standing independently drawing

My success rate teaching kids to walk significantly improved when I changed my goal setting method. Instead of step by step goals, I now have one goal: walking.

This allows me to focus mostly on activating and strengthening muscles and muscle groups that keep the body upright and move the body forward in a standing position.

The beauty of this approach is that the children learn to sit, crawl on their own or with relatively small intervention.


toddler walking



a 21 steps approach

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WHY IS MY BABY NOT WALKING? NOT EVEN TRYING!

baby scooting drawing

It is as hard for him as it would be for you if I ask you to walk on a log 15 feet over a fast running stream

His rational mind is not mature yet to predict the future. His brain can not assist him to see beyond a certain point.
Without the rational mind, he does not see that the effort he has to put into learning a difficult task will pay him off later. He wants a cause and effect now.
If his actions do not give him satisfaction in the moment he will try something else.
So he chooses a very smart route.
He adapts.

right and left brain depiction

Even though adults have their rational mind developed well, adults don’t act that much different either

We all adapt differently. Some of us try walking with a different gait pattern. Some of us try locomotion with a wheelchair.
Some of us have bodies that can not move according to our will at all.

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