Saturday, January 8, 2011

Conductive Education - I'm a believer...

So. We just finished our 3rd session of Conductive Education ("CE"). I am a total believer now. Total believer. Ben was simply amazing. He did so many new things and just amazed me everyday. And I can't wait til we go again in March...this time hopefully for 2 weeks.

I am going to do a guest post for Janet at Painting for Hailey explaining more about CE, the centre that we use and other details...but for now I wanted to at least brag about how awesome Ben is!

As I said, this was our 3rd session, I blogged about our first session here. I blogged about our 2nd session here and here.

For the 2nd time, we did a session with a classmate named "Sarah". It is truly a great experience for both Ben and ME to be around another child (and Mom) with CP.

And this time...instead of staying in a hotel, we stayed with Sarah and her Mom at their vacation house just an hour outside of Halifax (where the CE centre is). Sarah's mom had extended the invitation for us to stay with them when we met them at the last session and I was a bit nervous, but decided to go for it. It would save us ALOT of money plus it would be great for Ben and maybe even great for me.

It turned out so much better than I could have imagined. Sarah and Ben are great friends and got to know each other even better. Sarah's mom and I completely connected. We have a TON in common...besides the fact that we both have a child with CP, we both have lived in multiple countries, love to travel and....best of all....have a mutual passion for really good red wine.

We spent every night sharing a bottle of wine and stories...either about our life or about our kids. It was awesome.

So...back to CE. Here is a photo of Ben practing walking with canes. He continues to improve with this and can almost do it independently...well, he can do it independently for a few steps but then loses his balance.


Here are Ben and Sarah working on balance by throwing beanbags while trying to keep their feet flat. Ben loved it!

And here's my favourite photo from the week. Here you can see Ben standing ON HIS OWN!!!! It is only for a second or two, but this simply amazes me.


So yeah...I'm a believer. A believer in CE and we can't wait to go back. March can't come soon enough.

6 comments:

  1. Bravo Ben and Sarah! I am so glad you found each other.

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  2. Standing alone is a big step!!! He's making such great progress!!

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  3. WOW! This program sounds awesome! My son also has CP and I will be looking into this program. Congrats to Ben!!!

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