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Aug. 21st, 2006 10:38 pm (UTC)
Loved your collage, amazing what we learn from just pictures :)
Aug. 22nd, 2006 06:03 pm (UTC)
On a completely unrelated note, I saw a blurb on the local news about a new thing out of OHSU (Oregon Health Sciences University) called AMES and thought of you and Little T. It's a mechanical device that gets attached to an extremity that's been paralyzed by a stroke, and it does measuring things on a computer to see how much strength a person has when they try to move it, and it like... vibrates the tendons and stimulates the neuro-something or others while helping the arm/leg to move, and apparently in 80% of patients studied it helped them get some mobility back.

It's still in very early testing/clinical trial stages, not yet FDA approved, etc, and I have no idea if it would help someone like Little T who didn't exactly lose mobility in his arm but has never had it I guess (at least not since birth), but well, I thought I'd mention it. You might ask his doctor if he/she has heard of it and what they think, if you haven't already.

This is a little info I found with a quick web search:
Aug. 25th, 2006 06:11 pm (UTC)
What an interesting idea! We'll definitely have to look into when Little T is older and we can ask him to try to move his arm. Thanks!
Aug. 28th, 2006 04:40 am (UTC)
Maybe you could make a game of arm moving. For example, I remember when Sam was little we played the "how big is Sam?" game and he'd throw his arms up to show "so big". We threw up our arms for months before he caught on, but then it was a huge hit. It might take some creativity to figure out a game just for T & his arm, but a game would certainly be more motivating that just asking him to try.
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