Made of Gray

The Floor as a Way of Life

Holly D Gray9 Comments
What I learned at The Institutes...Part 1

Implementing everything taught at the lecture series has been quite the task for us. Baby steps for sure. So to start with, the floor is now a way of life for Caleigh. No bouncy seats, no standers, no chairs unless feeding or reading. The staff at the Institutes believe that everything 'baby' that we as a society feel like we have to buy for our little ones is actually setting our children back in development. Think about it...our kids are hardly ever on the floor. They are always being entertained by something. Did you know that a newborn, if given the chance, will crawl up their mother's belly to breastfeed directly after birth. Then what do we do? Wrap'em up and never put them down. They did some very interesting research with tribes in Africa and Alaska in the 60's. I won't go into it here, but it was really interesting.
So by floor as a way of life, I don't mean flat on the back. If you put a turtle on their back what would they do? Caleigh will have to be on her tummy from the time she wakes to the time she sleeps and even then she will be on the floor. For tactile stimulation and depth perception Caleigh will need to sleep on her tummy on the hard floor (with yoga mat) until she is able to walk on her own. This is very important in the process of development and vision. Don't feel bad for her.....the Japanese sleep on the floor, and have for centuries, and they are just fine, and very smart might I add! She will need to be in a onesie with arms and legs touching the hard surface for the best tactile stimulation. So with that said, Eric and I have removed our carpet in the living room, the tile in the entry and hall and the carpet in Caleigh's room. Creeping or Crawling on carpet is almost impossible if you are having motor problems. Trust me it's hard without motor problems! At the conference they had us crawl across the floor, it was difficult. So this weekend we are putting down laminate hard wood in those areas to help ease the process for her. I've also called and moved up our EEG appointment to see if Caleigh really needs her seizure med. Our original appointment was for September, but why wait. The Institutes is completely against anti-convulsants and on their intensive program detoxes 99% of the children they see. I learned so much about seizures and the brain. The thought behind seizure meds is to sedate the brain and just maybe that will stop the seizures. Often that doesn't happen so doctors will continue to stack one med on top of the other sedating the child even further. I also learned that Caleigh's light sensitivity is due to the seizure medicine and I'm excited to see how she does off of it. It was really fascinating. They believe that seizures are due to a lack of oxygen. Seizures are in place to warn us about something gone wrong in our body. Kinda like a fever or vomiting does. Everything they said about seizures made so much sense. When we found out that Caleigh was having seizures she was breathing so poorly and even stopped breathing in the car as some of you will remember. She was constantly a lovely shade of gray/blue. All of this was due to her abdominal distention pushing on her lungs. The angle of the carseat didn't help. Children with brain injuries often don't breathe well too. So how do they fix this? The Institutes has a great respiratory program. Your doctor will have to help oversee it. I won't go into it here, but I will say that it all adds up in my head and we hope to start this stage soon.

If you want more information about the Institutes you can read the book "What to Do About Your Brain Injuried Child"

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