Leon is two years old. He is the happiest toddler I know, nothing seems to get him down. He is fiercely determined, strong minded and knows what he wants. whilst sometimes he may struggle with tasks meant for two hands, he always finds a way as he has a can do attitude, he will keep attacking a problem until he comes up with a solution. I think that is far more rewarding for him and a great learning experience if you just let them get on with it. I have found it is best to let Leon figure it out for himself as he gets upset with any unrequested help. If he is truly stuck he will come ask and we work on it together so I am not just doing it for him.
He has definitely learned good problem solving skills, if he struggles to hold an object he will use his foot to help him.
Leon loves walking and recently we did a hill walk at Lyme Park in Stockport. sometimes his balance is a little off, and he falls over quite a lot but he picks himself back up and carries on regardless.
Leon Recently started nursery, and since then he has really come on in leaps and bounds. He has made lots of new friends and his little arm does not affect his play and exploration in the slightest.
Some of the things Leon can do:
He can hold a cup with both his big arm and little arm.
He can cut up food using one hand. He uses his little arm to keep the food in place, then uses his left hand to hold a fork and cut. We don’t really know how to master both a knife and fork yet, but it will come in time.
He can pull his trousers up and down and sit on the potty. getting trousers a size bigger really helps with this.
He can open lids on bottles, he uses a combination of his mouth and hand to loosen it.
He loves to dance and sing.
He loves animals and the outdoors. He really is just like a regular child. I am not worried at all about his progress.
Sometimes it may take a little bit longer for him to be able to achieve something but , he’s usually not far behind.