As some of you (especially those of you follow our story on Facebook) may remember about a year ago Noah took his first steps! I was lucky enough to not be there I was hanging out with my family in Colorado for a brief visit so of course Noah thought that was a good time to try out this major milestone. Thanks to technology I was able to witness it via FaceTime, and over and over again thanks to video.
The Journey Towards Learning How To Walk
I have realized walking is definitely a journey and not a firm milestone that all of a sudden happens one day. We are not going to claim Noah as a walker on this day, he is actually has a little ways to go before making that declaration. However, so many activities have led to this awesome moment and we will celebrate it. We have been working on his core strength practically since he was born which is essential in all milestones. He has gone from sitting to pulling up to stand, to crawling and then creeping. He has been strengthening his legs as well. He have also been working on the treadmill helping him learn the pattern of walking.
Stages Of Walking
Noah has been going through the stages of pre-walking as well. He will walk while holding two hands and will cruise along furniture. He is also a big fan of push toys. Today Noah is doing what I would call controlled falling and Patricia Winders refers to as lunging steps. At this time he is not quite strong enough to walk while holding one hand only, he is also not standing up on his own without support.
We have talked about how Noah does not like to bend his legs and that is one reason he is not able to stand on his own in the middle of a room. I don’t see Noah really walking on his own until he is able to do this important step. He will stand without support once he is placed in that position, but the kid fall right on over when he tries to get to that position on his own. You can see that Noah does not have a lot of balance and he is basically falling forward while taking steps at the same time and lunging towards his destination. He gets pretty excited and his head movements are not helping him either.
Motivators For Helping A Child Born With Down Syndrome Learn To Walk
A good way to practice lunging steps is to find the right motivator. Noah is a mover and he is definitely motivated to get from one place to another especially if that location contains an awesome toy or in this case an awesome parent. Finding the right motivator for your child will help encourage them to move from one place to the other. Putting a motivator on a couch and having your child lunge towards that or having them lunge between parents help practice this skill. It helps them get used to the feeling of going forward and eventually catching themselves with their feet so that they will continue on towards walking.
As you can tell form the joyous screaming by my husband in today’s video, we are super proud of our little boy!
Is your child walking yet? If so how old was your child when they took their first steps? What did it look like? (Bonus points for sharing a video / picture in the comments below.)