One of the things we're working on with Noah is the contractures in his hands. His hands are almost always locked up tightly in a fist with his thumbs in his palms.
Everyday, several times a day, we massage and stretch his hands out. It's incredible how tightly his hands are locked up. We gently work his fingers open and let them close around one of our fingers. Then we massage out his thumb and stretch the rest of his fingers out straight. Then we go back and forth between massaging and stretching his palms, thumbs and fingers. Every single day we've done this at least four times a day, not really noticing any progress.
So hopefully you'll understand why I freaked out when Daniel called me into the living room last week to see that Noah had opened his hands on his own :) He had his thumbs out and everything! :) Yay, Noah! :) We were so happy and so proud of him :) Right now we have an occupational therapist and a physical therapist each come to our house once a week (plus another OT every other week) to help work on the contractures in his hands among other things.
We want for him to be able to have his hands open and relaxed. We want him to be able to enjoy grabbing things, touching things and putting things in his mouth. We're confident that eventually he'll get there and even more confident now that we've seen the beautiful sight of his unassistedly opened hands :)
|Not a great picture but it was the first one of him opening his hands without any help :)|