Alma, John’s occupational therapist, explained it this way:
John’s ability to pump himself while swinging needs some help.
So use new words about the body, not just the feet kicking.
Forget “Pump your feet, John!” Didn’t work.
Instead, try, “Body Back” (to go forward), “Body Front” (to go backward).
or “Body Down” (to go forward), “Body Up” (to go backward).
Whole-body, physical-moving leaning and learning, using new words to overcome inertia.
Try this with your child who keeps asking you to push them on the swing.
Also, I have noticed John is now leaning his body to keep Mario and Luigi on the road.
John has figured out how to use our old Nintendo DS (the original handheld).
Not the Sports Wii while standing up.
Instead, when he is sitting.
This skill has been a long time in coming.
And I have not been able to help him, because I don’t understand the machine controls.
Besides, it is best that he (with peer modeling) figured it out by himself, right?
John is now full body into the road maneuvering, with those glazed-over eyeballs.
I don’t mind that he’s super-absorbed into the game, because that’s what other kids do, right?
That is the major litmus test I use.
If other (neuro-typical) kids do it, he gets to do it.
Most of the time.
And I am surely going to count all this physical movement as therapy.
So, see if these ideas help your child?
Peace be with us,