In addition to PT and OT, we are researching some new therapies for Asher. Feldenkrais and Craniosacral Therapy top our list. But Asher, the little genius that he is, has been researching another type of therapy all on his own. I call it Monkey Therapy.
Essentially, when Asher is sitting on your lap, he demands to hang upside down - like this:
He is happy to lie like that, laughing and talking, until he begins to feel uncomfortable. Trust me, if you pull him up before he's ready, he'll protest. When he's ready he'll pull up, take a few deep breaths, and then throw himself backwards again.
If he's feeling particularly feisty, he'll throw himself backwards even harder to indicate he'd like to take the day's therapy to a more intense level - like this:
I assume Asher knows something we don't know and that lying upside down until all of the blood in your body rushes to your head is therapeutic. He did have a massive brain injury, so maybe all of the blood rushing to his brain is somehow helping it to form new connections?*
*Please tell me that you don't believe I think this is actual "therapy" and that hanging upside down is really doing something productive? That said, if it makes him happy and continues to induce laughter, that's therapeutic!