In the name of Allah; the entirely merciful; the especially merciful - بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Conductive Education Summer Programme 2012

I'm going to post about the Conductive Education summer programme that I attended during the summer holiday with Mujhee. The program lasted a week at Carson Street School. CE is a system of learning. So in this program a conductor helps us guide the kids on how to do simple things that we take for granted like laying down, sitting, standing, walking, holding, and so on.

There were about 7 kids in the program, depending on the day. In this program parents are allowed to come so they can learn with their child.

Mujhee learnt how to sit on a stool while holding on the grasp bar and looking in the mirror. Masha Allah Mujhee sits very well. From sitting she is lead to practice her standing while holding herself at the edge of the plinth. I have to hold her knees to keep her standing. Masha Allah she tries so hard to stand.

From standing she does laying on the plinth series. This practice should help Mujhee go in and out off bed. The laying series including laying on her tummy. Mujhee is uncomfortable with laying on her tummy although this series help her stretch her back and legs. Most of the kids cry during this series, but the conductor keeps going on with the rhyming instructions, some how it gets me hypnotised. While laying on her tummy, she holds her head up and bends her arms under her shoulder. Masha Allah, she holds her head up beautifully while looking at the mirror.

After that she is rolled onto her back by streching her arms up and to the side. When laying on her back she learn to hold a rattle with one hand while streching her arms up, down and to the side.  Then both hands are holding onto a bar doing the same stretches up, middle and down. Here she learns how to let go of what she's holding.

While still laying on her back, her legs are stretched by bending her knee and feet flat, one leg at a time. Then her legs are stretched in and out. After that both her legs are pushed together and her bottom is raised up like an arch.

When the legs are done she goes back to laying on her tummy by stretching one arm up and pushing the other arm to make her roll. This is the time when the kids start crying again. Mujhee's knee gets caught on the plinth. From that I help Mujhee push herself down onto the plinth. Before standing I put on Mujhee socks and shoes again.

Mujhee got to practice her walking as well. She needs her arm wraps so she can keep a hold on the ladder. Two people are needed to do the walking task. One needs to sit infront of her and hold her arm, while the other person works from her back to do the wakling series that includes bending her knees, helping her take a step, stretching her leg and push forward on the ladder. Masha Allah, Mujhee does an amazing job with walking. There were few steps that she can initiate herself. She then walks to the plinth for morning tea.

For morning tea, I feed Mujhee some pure fruit. Alhamdulillh she enjoy the mango puree rather than banana or avocado.

The program finished with craft, an opportunity to practice using hands.

Alhamdulillah, I really enjoy spending my time with Mujhee, which I should do more often. I can sense Mujhee is happier when I am with her and what important is I feel delight to be with her.

You can read our previous summer programme here. Enjoy reading!

Sunday, 8 January 2012

I am taking Mujhee to Chiro now.

Six months ago Mujhee's hips and spine x-rays showed dislocation on her hips by 36% and her spine by 15% curved. With the result I was worried if Mujhee would need another surgery in the near future. So I decided to take her to chiropractor for treatment.

At that time I had the worse back pain like my dear friend. I just took some homeopathic remedy, arnica and rubbed my back with the massage oil I made using essential oils of black pepper, ginger, rosemary and marjoram. Alhamdulillah it got better, but didn't cure it. My friend told me that she was seeing a chiropractor and she recommend him to me for Mujhee.

The first time is always hard. It took me two months to get Mujhee an appointment for her first chiropractic treatment after the last x-ray results showed some concern. She might need another surgery if the hips got worst. The initial appointment was longer than the actual treatment, as the chiropractor asked a lot about Mujhee's medical history. 

Since then we visit him twice a week, eventhough we were asked to come three times a week. After that it was reduced to once a week and now we come fortnightly.

The spine should be well aligned so the nerves can work properly. The nerves job is to carry message to tell each of your body parts what to do. If the spine is misaligned, the nerves might not work properly. This can affect your sight, hearing, heart, brain funtion, muscle funtions, hormones and so on. For someone with special needs like Mujhee, her spine becomes easily misaligned from poor posture. 

For the treatment, the chiropractor hold Mujhee on his lap while running through her spine with his fingers. Then he put Mujhee on the treatment table before manipulate her spine using his hands. Usually Mujhee is laid on her side, left and right to adjust her lower and middle spine. Then he lays her on her back to do her upper spine and head. 

After 2 months of treatment, the chiropractor said that Mujhee conditions was 60% better than the first time he saw her. I agree too, because her muscles are more relaxed most of the time. At some stage even her sleeping got better, but now it is still a huge issue for me to find the solution.

Insha Allah I will write more about Mujhee. There are so much to write about, I just hope I have the time to do it.