Yes you can Kt! Gareth Shelbourne has been working with her for over a year now. Strength, agility and balance. These past few weeks we have switched focus to running technique.
Full limb coordination and explosiveness, two exceptionally elusive things for most CP diplegians, are shown here. She was very chuffed with her fledgling abilities. Go Kt go!
This is yet another Kt wonder. On top of her very full schedule, awesome professional percussionist Tony is teaching her the drums at Christ Church in West Croydon. Even this lesson was after an all-day school trip to the National History Museum in London. Super stamina!
Crucially, if you look at the pic below of kt at 3 before SDR with Dr Park, you can see how far she has come. Caitlin was incapable of sitting up without support on her right side. Her shoes and dungarees hide her high leg splints. Her mini green-framed walker is out of shot.
There’s almost no comparison in her posture and coordination to how she is now, nearly 3.5 yrs post SDR, playing the drums.
SDR with Dr TS Park at St Louis Children’s Hospital has completely changed her life trajectory. We remain so grateful.
…Flufftop’s still working hard. xx
Now this IS a Kt milestone. She worked super hard for this!! 8 weeks after her Calf tendon lengthening operation (PERCs) with DR Dobbs in St Louis, Caitlin has completed her school’s annual cross country challenge. She was so determined. We trained for this running after school when her schedule allowed and inspired by our Paralympians this summer.
We are so proud. x
No chat required. Love this lil lady. x
So we are back in the UK after a troublesome trek via Atlanta. Despite our luggage not being here yet, jet lag tiredness and getting used to high splints, Caitlin has the energy to do some physio play with me.
It’s largely for this reason that Dr Park’s SDR and Dr Dobbs’ PERCs are really successful with children; the child’s energy propels their recovery and gain so greatly.
Go honey chil’ 🤗