It’s hard to believe it’s been 15 months since Noah’s physical therapist first put him on a treadmill to help him learn to walk! Man, time really does fly.
You Have To Crawl (Or Drag Your Feet) Before You Can Walk.
I remember when Noah first started on the treadmill I wondered if treadmill therapy for kids really worked. I mean as you can see in the videos below, in the beginning they would just strap him in to a special holster, lift him up to where his feet just barely touched the treadmill, turn the treadmill to a very low speed, and he would just drag his feet across it. It didn’t seem like it was doing anything.
But it was helping him learn to walk!
It’s amazing how far Noah has come since we first started, and how well he can walk after just 15 months of treadmill therapy. We’re obviously huge fans of treadmill therapy and our son is a living testimony that treadmill therapy for kids really does work!
Because we’ve seen the results first hand, we’ve written extensively on this topic. Some posts that have been very helpful to people are: The benefits of Treadmill therapy, How treadmill therapy can help kids learn to walk, and the Free Download of the Procedures To Use The Treadmill Training In Infants With Down Syndrome. If you’re interested in learning more about how this sort of therapy can help kids learn to walk I encourage you to check those posts out.
Noah’s Progression On The Treadmill
I thought it would be fun to list all of Noah’s treadmill videos so you can get an idea of the type of progress he has made, and how it has helped him learn to walk. Isn’t it amazing how much of a difference a little bit of time (about 15 months) plus a lot of hard work, love and encouragement can make in a child’s life?
Press play on these videos and see the progression for yourself.
Aug 30, 2011
Sept 7, 2011
Sept 20, 2011
Oct 18, 2011
Dec 12, 2011
Jan 23, 2012
Oct 16, 2012
Treadmill Therapy Works!
It blows me away to see Noah’s progression from dragging his feet to becoming a full blown walker! I tear up just watching those videos. If you’ve ever wondered if treadmill therapy for kids really works, I hope the videos above make you a believer! And if you know any doubters, feel free to share this post with them (including your child’s physical therapist.)
I’m so proud of this kid. I know I say that all the time, but I can’t say it enough. I’ve never met a more hard working toddler. All this kid has ever known is hard work. He started developmental therapies when he was just three weeks old and has been working hard every since. We celebrate every milestone, big or small, around our house, and encourage Noah like none other.
In case I wasn’t clear – I love this kid!!!
What do you think of treadmill training for children? Has your child ever been on a treadmill? What therapies have helped your child learn to walk?