Nana picked up Madison from school, went for a snack and then headed to Variety Village. Madi had a fantastic session with Stephanie today. Stephanie has been doing lots of walking practice mixed with verbal activities such as singing songs, trying to match the letters of the alphabet with different objects or reciting lists of things Madison knows. When Madison is thinking and responding verbally as she walks, her walking pattern becomes much smoother, relaxed and more rhythmic. We are convinced that the parts of her brain that are lighting up from the verbal problem solving are “exciting” her brain and making other tasks easier or more recognizable. It’s super interesting to watch. The simple act of making her think and not letting her drift off into space through play or silence has brought a new awareness to her planned movements.