Yussuf's New Achievements
Please bear with me until I manage to make videos for every new improvement, which will make more sense than words.

Gross Motor Skills

  • Huge Improvement in his trunk control. I can stand him now and hold him from his thighs, without him falling forward. This was impossible a couple of weeks ago. Watch this improvement in the video named "Must see: BIGGEST miracle & Struggle" in Yussuf's gallery. (May 22, 2007)
  • He now knows the pattern of steps. I can hold his trunk well and shift his weight as necessary to walk and he will move his feet forward to do steps. When we first started, we had to move his feet forwards to do the stepping. Now he got the pattern and knows how to step alone, as long as his trunk is supported! Watch this improvement in the video named "Yussuf 1st steps" in Yussuf's gallery. (May 22, 2007)
  • Yussuf can roll to both sides now. As you can see in the video named "Yussuf loves his ball", he was rolling only to his stronger side. Now, his trunk got a little stronger to be able to roll to both sides. (June 22, 2007)
  • Yussuf can now be on 4 points, put weight one his left hand and bang on toys with his right hand. Before, on this position, he just threw himself forward with all his body. (June 22, 2007)
  • If we move Yussuf sideways in the 4 points position on the top of an exercise ball, he can shift his weight back to mid-line and pick up his head. It is still slow, but much better than before where he would just hang on the side without any response. (June 22, 2007)

Vision

  • He can see himself in the mirror and he recognizes himself in the mirror. Before, mirror didn't mean anything to him. (May 22, 2007)
  • Now that he has glasses, he started to see my smile a little bit and he smiles back at me. Before, I can do all the faces in the world, without any reaction from him. (May 22, 2007)

Oral Feed

  • His lip closure got definitely better when eating yogourt. Before, it was like feeding somebody who doesn't close his mouth water with a spoon!! Now, I almost don't make his bib dirty! (May 22, 2007)
  • He can tolerate bigger volumes without vomiting. (May 22, 2007)
  • Yussuf can now suck from a bottle. Of course, the formula needs to be thickened very well, as he is still not allowed to have liquids orally. But being able to put him back on the bottle will help improve his oral skills. His feeding therapist said that being able to suck from a bottle helps getting rid of the G tube feeds much faster than if he couldn't suck from a bottle. (June 22, 2007)