Wednesday, October 7, 2009


My daughter -- the one who was diagnosed w/ an autism spectrum disorder as a toddler -- enjoys spinning on a platform swing. (Here's a link to a photo of one, in case you aren't familar w/ them.)

Standing, sitting, or lying down -- she will spin and spin and spin. She gets the vestibular input to her nervous system that she craves.

Here's what I don't understand. On ice skates, she has resisted learning to spin, even slow, controlled spinning.

Why is one kind of spinning preferred? And what can we do to help her feel comfortable spinning on figure skates on the ice? If you have any ideas or hints, please, pass them along to me!

I suspect that spinning on a platform swing is very passive for her. It's a form of entertainment, where she doesn't have to use her body, her self, and actively participate. Spinning on skates is entirely different -- she's not being passively entertained.

I've told our skating coach several times how that, once we find a new occupational therapist, we can ask that OT for suggestions.

Yesterday, we met a new OT for an assessment before we begin at a new clinic.

Guess what we learned during our hour with her? She has a daughter who figure skates, too, with the same name as my skating princess. Ironic, huh? The coincidences don't stop there. We share the same training facility and the same private coach, too.


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