Independent Walking

Without a whole lot of room to maneuver here when it’s cold out, Joe has been using his gait trainer exclusively at school. But one day last week, it came home with him — the teacher said he wasn’t using it much there anymore.

I put him in it on the sidewalk, like old times, and he shrugged it off. He seems now to prefer slow, independent steps to quick, assisted ones.

Now he’s started shrugging me off when I hold his hand. Here he is in the waiting room at the therapy center. Places to go!

(P.S. I’ve watched this video at least a dozen times since shooting it a few hours ago. I just can’t believe how far he’s come.)

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4 thoughts on “Independent Walking”

  1. Go, Joe! You’re a rockstar!
    Lia – This video made my heart leap so I’d bet yours is nearly busting out of your chest. Awesome! Totally and completely awesome!

  2. Congrats to Joe, I know what a BIG step(s) that is. He will no doubt be running by next year! It is great he wants to do independantly, Addy stll prefers her walker most days as it give her a bit more stability. He looks GREAT! best wishes and continued success!

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