A few months ago, we were happy Meagan would finally try her walker. If you remember, before that we spent about 9 months not even being able to go near it or she would scream. "Walker" was pretty much the secret forbidden word around here so we were very happy when Megs finally warmed up to the idea. Since that time, we have been working with her by holding her up with a scarf around her waist so she really doesn't have to do "that" much work, but could get what it felt like to use the walker. We are trying to transition out of that now - taking away some of those things so she gains a little more strength and a little more independence.
Mrs. M, the PT, decided to start with working on some independent standing. She stood Meagan up in front of her, got her feet planted securely and slowly let go of Megs. As soon as her hands were leaving Meagan's sides, Meagan lost it - completely freaking out, crying, and asking me to hold her. The same thing was happening when we were trying to get her to use the walker on her own. Crying, or just looking scared and asking for her scarf over and over again. Understandably, she probably likes our arms or the scarf because it gives her that security she can actually feel - but it was time for her to try it without that assistance so we can start building her stamina.
We finally had some success with this on Monday afternoon! Meagan loves rhythm so the girls had gathered in the living room and were telling Meagan "Let's march... march...march..." Typically she will clap along and then want to try a little bit. Well the first attempt didn't go quite as planned. Introducing Meagan's stubborn side: