Finn is soooo close to crawling . . . but just not quite there yet. He gets up on all fours and scoots backwards, rocks back and forth, and a couple of times I've actually seen him move one knee forward. He's able to pivot in a full circle on his tummy in both directions. I asked Eun today during PT if his not crawling yet is musculature or cognitive. The thing is, he really doesn't have muscle tone issues - he never has. And yet he's still "delayed" in motor development (although I'm starting to wonder about this "delayed" label - yeah, delayed for neurotypical, perhaps, but not delayed on the timeline for Ds development; why are our kids continually gauged against typical kids anyway?) So I guess I've started to wonder if it's cognitive delays that are holding him back. She said that with him, she thinks it's really a question of motivation, especially with the crawling. Firstly, he's got siblings catering to him all the time, bringing him toys and such to his heart's desire, so there's really no motivation there for him to go after something himself. Also, he is a proficient roller now, and really uses that as a means of getting from here to there, which he's perfectly happy to do. And it's funny, too, because Joey was a roller - he would literally roll from room to room, and because of that, he didn't crawl until he was well past 10 months old. I guess he just didn't see a reason to crawl when he was already getting around just fine by rolling. So maybe Finn is like Joey in that way.
She also said that crawling takes quite a bit of coordination (is that cognitive?), and that's something Finn needs to master as well. So she showed me some things to do to help him learn the skill of crawling, including this one, fashioning a sort of sling out of a towel or blanket and supporting his torso in a crawling position, just enough for him to get the hang of it:
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