Day 973: Saturday Training

Madison headed to SMILE Therapy For Kids today for a personal training session. 

About SMILE Centre:

-Website Link-
“Specializing in the treatment of Gross Motor Disorders in children

Experienced Level III Cuevas MEDEK Therapy Practitioner (20 Years)

Post Selective Dorsal Root Rhizotomy Rehabilitation Specialist

Lecturer and Course/Workshop Presenter

Mentor to new therapists and those who have taken a CME course and want to expand their knowledge”

Madison already works with Jo-Anne once a week for MEDEK and will be doing a few personal training sessions here and there. Today she did some stretching, plank/core work on a ball, leg workouts on the total gym, high kneeling activities, work on the vibrafit machine and played some games. 

Day 972: PA Day!

Today Madison had her first PA Day! She was up bright and early and headed to Nana and Papas for breakfast and to check on Molly, her doll.

She then headed to Neurochangers and walked over 1,000 steps! She tried walking in the GEO for the first time in her SMO’s. they kept popping off so we will work on some adjustments.

Madison and Nana then went to the store to get some supplies to make the house spooky!

Later in the day her and Jack headed to VV for physio with Stephanie. Her focus of work today was walking with no one around her, to help build confidence.

Madi & Jack then had swimming! Jack is so much more comfortable now which was awesome to see. Madi did amazing with Hayley- jogging, floats, practicing steps and pushing Jack around the pool!


Day 971: Fieldtrip!

Madison was super excited this morning to hurry out the door for school. Today was her first fieldtrip! They have been learning about the growth cycle of a pumpkin at school so today they visited the pumpkin patch at Whittamores Farm. She was thrilled to go on a school bus! They had a leader tell them all about how they grow their pumpkins and then went on a hay ride around the field. They then had free time to play at the sandbox or playground and then visit with the animals. At the end they picked a pumpkin to bring home! Madison walked in her Walker for most of the trip, but had moments where she had to take breaks and leave the group to rest from all the walking. Overall it was a great experience and we will brainstorm some ideas for mobility on trips moving forward.  

After the trip Madi headed to March of Dimes to work with Monika. She worked on reading sentences, new words and did walking and standing in her SMO’s.


Madi spent the rest of her day with Janine and Brian at riding. She loved visiting with them and showing off on her horse Max. Pam & Medford also visited her session so she had a great cheering section. 

Day 970: Homework!

Madi was super thrilled to share with everyone that she had homework tonight! Her class is reading a book about pumpkins and for homework they are taking turns reading the book to their families and then writing a page in the class book about what they read. Nana and Madi worked hard on the book and Madi was so proud!


Madi and Kate had a great session today. They worked on standing up with canes, navigating through an unpredictable environment with canes and stride length.

Day 969: An Afternoon With Nana!

Madison and Jack were picked up after school by Nana and they headed back to the house. No appointments today – just some fun at the house.

They played outside in the backyard and went up and down the slide, went on the swings and played restaurant in their clubhouse. 

They went inside to have dinner and read their new Halloween books. Madison had her medicine(she’s finally testing negative!) and then had a bath with their favourite bath bombs.

Thanks Nana!

Day 968: Flying Bird

One of Madison’s favourite parts of her sessions at Neurochangers is when she gets to fly at the end and flap her wings. They always find ways to motivate her and make her hard work fun!

Madi did a great job with Jo-Anne today. She loved playing with the new remote control Thomas toy and walking on the blue magic horse. She worked so hard- Mommy was very proud!