Sunday, September 12, 2010

Things that make me go hmmm and doh!

Last night when we ate dinner out on the deck, Jack sat at his picnic table. I noticed that he positioned himself to the left of his bowl and reached out to the right to scoop his food. He ate his dinner with remarkable ease. There have been plenty of other instances where I've noticed that Jack has a preference for not reaching directly in front of his body.

AND we continually have an issue with Jack turning sideways in his chair when sitting at the table. We thought the turning issue had to do with him not wanting to use his vision or turning toward the sound of the music that we usually have playing during meals.

So this morning, I noticed that Jack came up to the table and pulled his chair to the left of his breakfast. Hmmmm....he ate his entire bowl of oatmeal with no difficulties finding the oatmeal and without a lot of spillage. He seemed to have a firmer grasp on his spoon too. And not once did he turn away from the table. I'm going to try experimenting with putting his food to the left of his mid-line and see how this goes.

I'm not sure if this is a vision thing or maybe has something to do with joint fusion related to Apert syndrome.


j said...

Interesting observations. And, if it helps not to make as much of a mess, that's good, right?

Have a great day!

sheila said...

Great idea Marie! He is an incredible kid! Fascinating post!

mommytoalot said...

Hmmm we had that issue with Damien..he still sits sideways and his vision is fine..but his balance is off. He learned how to cross midline in school.
He was using his right and left hands equally and his school wanted him to have a preference so that his muscles would become stronger in that hand. So they choose right for him.
Does Jack have a special chair. We are ordering the trip trap chair for is amazing. Joey has one too