Noah just started Lokomat therapy at TCH. It’s a 9 week program with the machine – twice a week for an hour each time plus an additional hour of land-based therapy every week. He’s apparently only the third child referred into the program at TCH – they just got the machine late last year and only recently got the lab up and running. Technically, he’s a little too short for the machine, but they were able to make some adjustments so he could participate.
Sami and I thought he might freak out when they strapped him in, but he doesn’t seem to mind it at all. That little boy surprises us every day!
In the photo, he’s still lifted off the ground, but the machine lowers Noah to the treadmill below and “walks” him. The idea is to get his muscles to train his brain – to create the neuro pathways necessary for him to learn to walk. He won’t have to support the entirety of his body weight while he is walking, either – they’ll set the machine to lift him up as much as necessary to keep his feet on the ground and moving, but not dragging.
It’s a pretty exciting program, and we’re very fortunate to get Noah to participate in it.
Literally, one step at a time!