Aug 092011
 

Over the past weeks although Jack’s eyes have continued to flicker, I don’t notice them anywhere near as much. I’ve been enjoying every minute with him, playing, and watching him develop – from learning to roll to sitting, crawling and starting to climb furniture (help!).

However, I do wonder “Are we doing everything we can to stimulate his eyes and general development?”

Here are some of the things we’ve been doing so far (based on research and speaking to other parents);

  • playing with bright colourful toys
  • reading books including touchy feely ones (large font, uncluttered, high contrast where possible)
  • playing games to encourage Jack to track/follow objects e.g. his musical train, push and go toys, remote control toys, peek-a-boo :-)
  • going to baby massage and sensory play sessions with fibre optic lights
  • going swimming
  • playing finger puppet games
  • singing and dancing to nursery rhymes
  • watching DVDs including the Disney Baby Einstein ones and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (great colour, movement and facial expressions)
  • making music with rattles, a rain stick (makes a funny noise when you turn it upside down), biscuit tins and anything else we can make a noise with!
  • visiting other baby and toddler friends

I’m sure there are many more – if you have any ideas we’d love to hear them.

  2 Responses to “Ideas for stimulating development…”

  1. Sounds like you are doing such a great job!

    The Vision specialist that sees Makayla spends a lot of time trying to find Makayla’s “null points” and said that best they we can is to bring things into her line of vision in those null points. It helps her to focus on the items and teaches her that she has these null points.

    • Thanks Ashleigh. We’ve not spotted where Jack’s null point is yet, although when he tries to look at something to his left or right his eyes flicker a lot more and he’ll often turn his whole head round to get a clearer view. We have our next specialist appointment at the end of November but if you have any tips in the meantime for how to find the null point we’d really appreciate it. xxx

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