Monday, September 5, 2011

Gimme Five

Jack still loves a good game of gimme five. It's one of the first fun things we taught him to do with his right hand. Before he ever waved or clapped, he was freely givin' fives. We'd say "Jackpants! Gimme five!" and his right hand would fly out with a quick slap or two on the palm.

Just like Jack struggles to move his left foot, his left hand and arm are even more tight and held close to the body and he's very protective over his hand. He's never been able to "give a five" with his left hand. So we've been working, working, working on his left arm. Besides having a hand brace, we stretch, we rub, and we rotate. We brush and use different textures to bring awareness to his hand. We work, work, work.

And all that work is starting to pay off.

Something new is happening. Jack has to concentrate super hard but now, his left hand is joining in on the fun. You heard me right - Jack's starting to bring his left hand out when we say "gimme five!" He gently taps our hand with his fisted left hand.

Huge, HUGE deal.
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daria said...

This is FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats on this wonderfully exciting new. A big HIGH-FIVE to all of you!

Julie said...

Maybe one of these days I can get a high-five from Jack! :)

jaymie said...

I remember when kanyon learned this! We were so excited about showing this trick off that ge quit doing it with his right hand and would automatically use his left!! Great great great work jack!!

Lindsay said...

Woohoo! Now I want a left-fist high-five from Jack. :)

Tami said...

Yay!!!!!!!! Way to work that arm, buddy!

Michelle said...

Awwww! That brings a tear to my eye. I'm so proud of him. That's wonderful news.