Saturday, May 5, 2012

Greer Gear!

That's what we will call it! This is a term a friend dubbed all of Greer's things he is and will be using to help him go and do! A few weeks ago, Greer and I headed to Nashville to make 3 stops.

The first one was TAC - a place that has communication devices for loan. We got a few things there. Some to use at speech and home. One of which is a button we can plug into toys that have the outlet for it. Greer can push the button and the toy will work accordingly. Many toys can be made to coordinate with the button. See the blue button...and Elmo's feet to the right that he chose to go with.


The 2nd stop was UCP. It is United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee. They also have equipment for exchange. You basically check it out until you can't use it any more and give it back for the next person... Hopefully donating equipment that Greer outgrows to pay it forward. We were overwhelmed with the options...



But not too much since our great therapy team had discussed some options with us. So we tested some equipment...


I signed the paperwork...


And we left with these goodies...


A chair he can use at home and church, a floor " corner chair" for home and church, and a bath " seat." I was so thankful!! He has put the chair to good use already...



He can even dance along to Little Einsteins with his siblings when he isn't using his hands to prop himself! Who knew?

YouTube Video

The next stop was to try out a wheel chair at the Fabulous Vanderbilt Pediatric wheel chair clinic. He tried a self propelled and a motorized one.


He was such a big boy!! See the two test drives...
This one is a little blurry. Just notice the part we love... He pushes himself in reverse across the room. We ask him to come back and he shakes his head no and keeps going!! What a ham!!

YouTube Video

I love this because it shows he has potential to push himself in the self propelled!!

YouTube Video

We have had a few people ask if our goal is for Greer to walk and if so, why the wheel chair? Our answer is that the chair is a good thing to have as he makes strides towards walking and it's a step towards walking. Once he gets a taste of the mobility and is able to be on a better level with his peers, it will motivate him even more. We are excited about helping him to be and do his best at every stage he is in. We can't just keep him in a stroller until he is able to walk. The chair will also set him up for great posture and position to strengthen all areas of development. It's awesome the strides he is making. We are thankful for all of these resources and feel blessed that we have been able to follow through on all that we committed to do and be for Greer. We didn't leave with a wheel chair but we are going to do a trial with a specific one for a few months before making our final decision.

And finally, this week, Greer got braces/ orthotics to help keep his feet at a stretch.


He was proud of the big boy shoes that came with...


And not too excited about all the work we are making him do now that we can keep him standing taller, stronger, and longer! ;)


Annnnd... Poor guy... He is the 2nd hardest worker in this house next to Daddy. He needs his naps!


Oh The places Greer WILL go!!

3 comments:

Liz said...

LOVE all of this!! (But none of the videos would work for me. Boo! Can you email me the links on youtube? I'd love to see!)

Ashley said...

Go Greer, Go. April you and Brandon are such dedicated parents. Pat yourselves on the back.

julie & joe said...

those are awesome resources! I used to do a lot of work with our local CP center. I worked with them on integrating normally developing children into their classrooms.