We’re in full swing when-is-this-kid-going-to-take-his-first-steps mode around our house. And it isn’t just his mother and I who are excited about Noah learning to walk…. I can tell by the look on Noah’s face that he really wants to take take those first steps. But he isn’t quite there…yet.
On the other hand, he’s one of the fastest inchworm-ers I’ve ever seen!
These feet were made for walking, and that’s just what they’ll do…..
Treadmill therapy plays a huge role in helping our child learn to walk. He’s only 12 months old in today’s video, and he’s been doing treadmill training for half of his life, literally. (His physical therapist started him on the treadmill when he was only 8 1/2 months old!)
It’s amazing to see how far he’s come since he first started walking on the treadmill. The first few times he put his little feet on the treadmill he didn’t want to do anything. (Or maybe he didn’t know what to do?) But as time went on, and he became more comfortable on the treadmill, he’s started to put one of his tiny feet in front of the other!
As you can see in the video, he’s making some great progress and really starring to get use to the motion of walking. He’s nowhere near walking independently at this point, but he’s well on his way. And we owe a large part of that to his treadmill therapy (and his amazing physical therapist!)
I’m so proud of this little boy! And to be honest, I really don’t care how long it takes him to learn to walk. I’m just enjoying being his dad and getting a front row seat to seeing his grow up. If anything I wish I could slow it down, not speed it up.
What you don’t know, won’t hurt you…..
Noah’s our first and only son (at least at the time of this writing) and I have no idea what the typical age range is for when a child should start walking. To be honest if I didn’t have friends with young kids I don’t think I’d even know that our son had developmental delays. I don’t know if that’s a good thing, or a bad thing, but I don’t mind.
My wife on the other hand is a pediatrician and is surrounded by young kids all day. She knows milestone charts and developmental guidelines like the back of her hand, so our knowledge when it comes to when a kid is supposed to (fill in the blank with whatever milestone you’re hoping your kid will achieve next.) However I have to say even with all of the knowledge, she still does a fantastic job at celebrating and not comparing. (Which is another reason I love her so much!)
You would seriously crack up if you could hear some of our conversations. Here’s an example:
Me: Is it normal for a 12 month old to wear 3-6 month clothes?
My wife: Nope.
Me: Oh, ok. Cool.
Again, I love my wife.
Want to learn more about how treadmills help children learn to walk?
If you’re interested in learning more about treadmill training for children with Down syndrome Dr. Ulrich, who pretty much invented treadmill training for babies with Down syndrome, gave us permission to make available the protocol for treadmill training as a free download. I’d highly suggest checking it out, and even showing it to your child’s physical therapist in case they aren’t aware of it.
Has your child ever used a treadmill in physical therapy? Has your therapist discussed this with you as a option for your child? Leave a comment below and tell us about your experience.