So the occupational therapist has a plan for strengthening Whitney’s weak little hands. Squeezing exercises are the key. And how to get Whitney to cooperate with regular squeezing exercises? Well that’s where the rubber ducky comes in. I take the ducky and squeeze it to show how it squeaks. Whitney thinks the squeaking duck is hilarious and she always tells me “want more”. But if she wants more she has to squeeze the ducky herself.
Whitney will take the ducky and do her best. She has to use both hands to get the thing to actually make any noise but she’s pretty proud of herself when she does. She always smiles proudly and keeps on trying. Hopefully after a few weeks of playing with rubber ducky we’ll see some improvements with her hand strength. Then it’s on to more work with her socks, holding a spoon without any extra help and one day maybe even undressing herself. All in good time though. For now we’ll be content to hear the ducky squeak.