She peered at me from the square opening in the ceiling of the first floor, trying to walk down that ladder facing forwards, as if she were descending a flight of stairs. She was terrified to turn around and come down facing the ladder.
At one point, she asked me if she could jump. *GASP*
I understood her fear. She uses her VISION to tell her where she is in space. In order to descend a ladder, you need to know where your feet and legs are in space, and be able to lower yourself, in part, at least, without looking at your feet or looking at where you're headed.
She is using her proprioception a lot more since she began figure skating, but I suspect that she doesn't realize it.
We coaxed her into turning toward the ladder and I held her foot in order to guide it to the first rung. Once she started down, she didn't need me any more. (!!!)
I handed the camera to my daughter so she could snap a few pictures while I stayed in the position of spotter as she lowered herself.
She made a discovery: "I'M DOING IT! I'M DOING IT!" she exclaimed as she made her way down.