The problem became much more significant when he started to try to walk. His poor head control was throwing him off balance and causing him to fall backwards, to the point that he was needing to get a helmet for safety. Then Adam started a course of equine assisted therapy with the occupational therapists in ChildVision. Adam loved the horses!
He smiled and held his head up proud and actively engaged with his equine partner Fred and his therapist during in these sessions. The outcome for him was life changing and by the end of the course of therapy Adam was walking around his home and school all by himself. And his mum could bring him to parks and shops without a buggy.
Adam lacked the motivation to learn to hold his head up as he was not visually searching for toys or looking around his environment. He had begun attempting to walk but kept falling backwards on to the floor due to his lack of head control. Adam was provided with a block of EAT sessions. He loved his sessions with Fred and was very motivated by them.
During these sessions Adam was facilitated into positions that helped him to develop his head, neck and upper back strength; this was further enhanced by the movement of the horse. After completing his EAT sessions Adam began to walk independently and safely, no longer falling over because of his head control!
Audrey Darby - Child Vision