Upon further reflection, I’m going to tell the PTs, OTs and the social worker at Lily’s preschool to stuff it.
My kid is NOT going to arrive at school every day (when she starts kindergarten next year) in her adaptive stroller. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not in denial that she should have one. But she does not need one for school.
#1 concern: They see her arrive in that and they’ll keep her in it. I’ve heard from numerous parents that this is a REAL issue. And even the Rett specialist agreed when I pressed her on the subject.
#2 concern: How will it make HER feel? I don’t want her to get used to being ushered around. I want her to feel as independent as possible. She’s a strong-willed kid. I want to continue fostering that.
So she might be slower than the average kid, and klutzier (which may or may not have to do with Rett Syndrome – if you know me, you know what a klutz I am), but she walks. And she walks well. And she will continue to do so.
Now I have to figure out how to get her to and from school every day. But I have a year to figure that out. Wish me luck.