Hip Abduction

Working on the strength and flexibility of the hips has been important. The strength in the hips and glutes helps many activities become more productive. One of the weakest muscles in me has been the glutes. The weakness in them seems to make walking more challenging. That lack of strength could be a major reason … More Hip Abduction

Hitting the Slopes

For the second week in a row we left just as the sun was rising. Heading up the mountain for a day in the snow. Skiing has become more important as the years have progressed. Learning about the positive impact of the activity on CP. The hobby has always been fun to be involved with. … More Hitting the Slopes

Turns, Snow, & Loki

It was cold this week while traveling to ride. The snow was showering gently with temperatures hovering around freezing. This week would mark the fourth-time riding on horseback. We missed our second week of riding as snow blanketed the area. But, we have gotten back on track with cooperation from Mother Nature. The lightly falling … More Turns, Snow, & Loki

Stairs

Cerebral palsy can cause the navigation of steps to be challenging. For me, not all steps are created equal. There are flights of stairs creating little challenge. The stair case in my home doesn’t cause anxiety to walk. It could be due to the familiarity of walking up and down them. The same can be … More Stairs

Boyer

We traveled to Seattle for our first visit of the new year. Boyer had been on our list of interests for some time. Receiving knowledge of the organization in the fall. The day wasn’t ideal for our journey. As the Seattle rain, soaked the roads we traversed along our way. While researching Boyer leading into … More Boyer

The Lunge

The lunge has been part of my workouts for a long time. They seem to be advantageous to cerebral palsy improvement. The lunge incorporates the ability to challenge balance. With the movement also challenging flexibility through the hips. These positive outcomes are present when lunging down the floor. Like any exercise presented, the lunge has … More The Lunge

Loki

It was the first day of my adaptive riding class. The nervous energy could be felt throughout the overcast morning. There wasn’t any way to know how the class was going to function. It felt like flying blind after only being on a horse twice in my life. The second time just a month prior … More Loki

Side Split-Jump

We have been working with markings on the floor for some time. The theme began with doing hopscotch. Bernard brought out small circular pads to be placed on the floor. Hopscotch was a game causing tremendous challenge during my youth. Usually leading to standing back, watching friends and classmates take on the hopscotch during recess. … More Side Split-Jump

Riding Assessment

A couple months ago we journeyed to Little Bit. The therapeutic riding center in our area. Our goal was to find an organization helping cerebral palsy improvement. Their hippotherapy was the main interest of our visit. We learned about how riding a horse has the ability to improve the ability to walk. The motion of … More Riding Assessment

Northwest Center

We met with Northwest Center last week in an unusual setting. Instead of meeting at their offices, we met in a coffee shop. Believing it more convenient for both ourselves and our contact. He resides on the Eastside of Seattle, as do we. So, the spot would be a coffee shop in Kirkland. We arrived … More Northwest Center