Hello. My name is Abby. I'm eight years old and I was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome when I turned two. My parents work hard to help me make sense of the world around me and this blog is meant to help others understand my world and my journey with Rett Syndrome.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Back on the horse!

Abby had hippotherapy today for the first time in over a year.  She is receiving occupational therapy in a clinic for 30 minutes, and then her therapist puts her on the horse for another 30 minutes.  I'm thankful that she was able to get the same OT that she had before.  Katie is great with Abby and already knows her needs.  As you can see, Abby was pretty excited.
Her  OT goals are to restore hand function to the level that it was prior to her breaks (bring drink to her mouth, grasp food and bring to mouth, etc.) and increase ability to bare weight on her arms. I hope that being on the horse with help with her walking by increasing her balance, strength, and flexibility.

Abby seemed genuinely excited to go to therapy today.  She had quite a few meltdowns last year when we had hippotherapy and did not hesitate to let us know when she was finished with both the horse- and the therapy.  That was not the case today, and I'm hoping that she continues to enjoy herself.  

I was surprised to see that the other little girl riding in the arena with her also has Rett Syndrome.  What are the chances of that?  I have only met a two other kids with Rett in this area. I'm looking forward to chatting with her grandmother while the girls get a work out.