Nitty Gritty ABR Information

Ok, here are all the wild and crazy ABR details. The longer we are involved with ABR, the more information, techniques, etc we learn, so I came home from this trip with a head completely stuffed with information.

This next three months will definitely be the era of the head. We have a l-ot of work to do on Charlie’s head.

There are plenty of people who wouldn’t be real thrilled to come home with a passel of head exercises. Actually, I probably would have been one of them six months ago. But I’ve had more time to think about it, and I’m starting to see the value of them. ABR says that if your head isn’t right, then there’s no way your neck and shoulders will ever be right. By extension, you’ll always be working with poor alignment and posture, which effects every aspect of movement. In a more literal sense, it’s easy for me to see that your brain is kept in your head and if your head bones are messed up then it might compromise growth in development in one of your most vital organs.

So we’re working on Charlie’s flat head. I’ve got multiple exercises targeting the very flat back of the head he’s got. In case you’re wondering, a normal head has a very noticeable curve along the back. If you look past Charlie’s curls, you can see that his head just shoots up straight from his neck. You’ll see this a lot in CP kids. Please don’t fall victim if your neurologist tells you that this is because their brains aren’t developing properly. I’m calling the chicken or the egg on that one.

Most of our other exercises address Charlie “shoulder girdle.” Imagine you have tight, stress-filled shoulders–that’s what Charlie’s shoulders are like naturally. We’re working on bringing them down and back ( what your momma called good posture).

In addition to all this, the good folks at ABR are developing a new type of exercise–one that in test-runs has shown great promise. The thing is, it’s weird. It involves a deflated playground ball and I feel totally odd using it. Right now I’m just doing general work with it–getting familiar–so most of those exercises are directed at overall trunk strength. My brother has demanded a demo, so here’ s a quick little video of it:

What did I tell you? Weird lookin‘, huh? Luckily, these ABR people are good in the results department, so I’m not too worried about it.

We recently finished one year with ABR so in the next few weeks we’ll be getting our yearly assessment. I’ll let you know when we get it and we’ll see how much progress Charlie’s made in a year.

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  1. Mamá Terapeuta says:

    Really nice to read this. I love how happy you sound :) And I know all this exercises will do wonders in Charlie!!!

    (c'mon, he has changed so much already!!!!)

  2. MeghatronsMom says:

    Looking good! Those sound exciting! Meghan liked hearing Charlie laugh to the music

  3. It does look odd, but if it gets results then GREAT!! I LOVE his instant reaction to the music – too cute!

  4. Very interesting, Katy. I love to read about your experiences with these programs. Charlie has such a sweet laugh!

  5. I am so glad to see that another little boy has a head like Little Man's:)
    I have been a fan of Charlie for quite some time now. I LOVE his videos! I would like to add him to my little blog roll if you don't mind, I also tagged you in a post:) I really hope you don't mind that.

  6. I always appreciate your therapy advice. Any advice on getting Jude's neck strength up? He still cannot hold up his head, argh. Charlie looks great!

  7. Goodness I love his laugh! I am so glad that you are sticking with abr!

  8. Katy,

    You so rock at this ABR thing! I am only in it six months, and I have sooooo many questions. But this post really clears up so much for me! You have addressed at least some of my questions in a wonderfully logical way. This speaks to me, and it motivates me.
    Thanks. I am going to go work with my ball. We just got that exercise too–a couple of weeks ago. Yes, it is weird, and I am so clumsy!!

  9. Wherever HE Leads We'll Go says:

    Sounds like this therapy is doing wonders for Charlie – even if some of the exercises are a bit weird. Love the giggle! Charlie is such a cutie!

  10. Hmm… maybe I need to get a demo of those shoulder exercises. I have a fair bit of pain in my shoulders and know that my shoulders are often up around my ears and forwards.

    I have poor posture and not certain on how to retrain myself when good posture is at times more painful.