Still working hard here as Gareth Shelbourne introduces her to a new skill.
Still working with S&C Coach Gareth Shelbourne. This represents a milestone in both Kt’s recovery from ongoing knee injuries and adapting to changes brought by simply growing.
Growth spurts present major hurdles for any CP child. It’s helpful to have a quality, resourceful coach to assist – cheers Gareth.
Perhaps yesterday’s hour at the local trampoline park helped a bit too. 🤔
A lovely playing posture. She is growing up and that’s not without its issues on many fronts. With regard to her CP, Kt is in the fight like so many others, some highs and some lows, progression and some regression.
It’s like learning a new language some aspects stick in there, some fade over time with less use. It’s important that she and we recognise this as part of our regular life; with all its new challenges and more importantly opportunities to shine.
This video was published a short while ago both commemorating her fourth year post SDR as well as thanking Dr Park for changing Caitlin’s life.
It’s a quick and fair summary.
Nice jumping! 30cm is her knee height so it’s a good measure against the 10cm she was able to manage last year. 😚
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.
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