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My daughter Ava has just turned 3 and is still not walking. We are just about out of ideas, and are getting frustrated. Does anyone have any tips or advice for us? thanks

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Thankyou for ur comment Delaina. Ava has AFO's which i find help, but they make her feet so big that i think they sometimes get in her way when she tries and stands.
i hadnt thought of bouncing on a ball, so i will try that.
Ava has also only just started to crawl "correctly" she always scooted around on her bum or army crwaled. So now i'm hoping were on our way and walking is not too far away :-)

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My daughter is also 3 years, 3 months and still no walking, so I totally understand! Honestly, the range can be in excess of 6 years... BUT the things you can do are look into orthodics (SMO's, AFO's, arch supports)if you haven't already, make her walk everywhere you can by holding her hand or hands, help her strengthen her core with lots of bouncing on balls, crawling, etc. My daughter also has pretty low muscle tone; she just started crawling at 3!!!

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i actually live over in western australia, and ava sees a physio thru the disability services commission so i'll have to ask the nxt time she sees her.
Ava will be exactly the same with it if she gets one, i can just see it now :-) she'll put up a big fight like always haha but then hopefully she'll realise to that its good for her.

Melanie - posted on 01/30/2010

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I'm not sure where your from but here in Australia there is funding available for equipment for children who need it. Isabella refuse to use it at first but once she got the hang of it she loved it

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Thankyou for ur comment melanie & a big Happy birthday to ur daughter :-) i will have to have a look into one of those, if its helped ur daughter walk in only 5 months then i'm all for it! i'm just hanging out for even just one step.

Melanie - posted on 01/29/2010

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Hi Don't worry my daughter didn't walk until 4 and 3 months! I would suggest looking into private physio and if she goes to a early intervention program then ask them to work with her in this area. Also maybe look into something called a K walker this was a big help in getting my daughter walking after 5 month in one of those she was walking on her own. She turns 5 tomorrow and is now even able to run a little!

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thanku so much for that comment and advice rebecca. i will have to have a look for those walking wings, i actually have neva heard of them.
i no i feel the same about ava, for her to just be happy it actually helps me get going and keep motivated :-) xoxox

Rebecca - posted on 01/26/2010

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walking wings are actually really cool... look for themonline(about 20 bucks) they strap around child and hold them up to encourage walking.... also... dont stress about "when" your baby WILL walk, just try to make it fun for them and they will catch on in their time! my pt showed me some stuff and we turned it into a game(like holding his hips and pulling back while he tried to crawl away) that even now makes him laugh.... just try to keep a positive attitude about the therapy and your child will pick it up and have fun with it... =) xoxox all my love to you guys!!!

i get discouraged sometimes, but all i have to do is watch my son for 1 day and tally all the times he smiles, and i envy him... to be that happy!!! what a great life!

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Thanks for those ideas Michelle and Daisy :-)
Ava luvs dancing also, so thats how we get her to stand aswell for a bit. i think it must take her mind off wat shes doing.
Ava actually just started to properly crawl yesterday, YAY! She always army crawled b4 that. so im really hoping shes on her way now.

Daisy - posted on 01/17/2010

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Our son Nate started walking at about 16-17 months. Our OT told us that he first needed to crawl before he could walk..which he did. We also would put him in a kids walker. I know some PT's discourage the walker but I feel like it helped with the coordination to learn how to put one foot in front of the other.

Michelle - posted on 01/17/2010

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it may also be worth trying dancing- oliver is now at a stage that if I position him into a standing position and he can cling to me as I kneel in front of him then we can sway a bit and pretend to dance- he gets tired really quickly but he is able to do it for longer and sometimes will get a bit braver and not cling as much

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i mite ask avas physio about those, as hers is in her hips aswell as her ankels. Ava is very reluctant to stand without her splints aswell, it takes a lot of effort for her to stand without them

Michelle - posted on 01/16/2010

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olivers problems is with his hips and so they go all the way to hip hips- our physio calls them gaitors. Oliver was very reluctant to stand at all but can weight bare really well in these

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Thats good that each time hes able to hold himself up for longer, he must be getting stronger. ava will only pull herself up on the couch for some reason, shes very stubourn so i think shes does it to be difficult :-)
ava has plastic splints that sit just below her knees. They fit in her shoes and do up across the front of her leg with velcro there called AFO's (i'm not sure what that stands for). I find they help because they keep her leg completely straight so her legs don't buckle and they take a bit of pressure off her ankles so she can stand longer. But sometimes i feel they get in her way a bit as there longer than her feet so her shoes that she wears with them r 2 sizes bigger than wat she takes.

Michelle - posted on 01/15/2010

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he can just about pull himself up to kneeling with the cot bars but generally ends up collapsing in a heap but he is doing it for a little longer each time



what type of splints do you have? We have metal and fabric ones which pin his legs completly straight and means he has to weight bare

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Thats great that hes crawling, the nxt step will be pulling himself up. Ava has just started to pull herself up, but her little legs need alot of support to do it.



we are going back to the physio in feb, to look at some new splints that will cover more of the front of her legs so hopefully they work as the ones she has now mainly just cover the backs of her legs

Michelle - posted on 01/15/2010

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oliver is close to 3 and also has hip and muscle issues - we have tried leg splints and been in physical therapy since birth but still no sign of walking.

- He can now crawl tho so we are moving forward!

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its great to here that Kaitlynn scooted around like Ava does :-) She doesn't really like to crawl so i just let her go lol

Sara - posted on 01/15/2010

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ya... kaitlynn never really crawled much! Mostly scooted!! once she started stting up... it was OVER WITH! NOO CRAWLING!! lol

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Thanks for the replys. Ava has physical therapy every 2-3wks, which helps though she hates it. Shes been given splints for her legs which help as her leg and hip muscles are very floppy. I guess its just going to be a lot persaverance.
Ava butt scoots alot aswell, shes very fast at it:-) She does crawl a bit on her hands and knees but mainly army crawls.

Sara - posted on 01/14/2010

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hi! my daughter kaitlynn tuen 2 in october and she walks a little bit... but butt scoot alot! Does Ava crawl?

Maggie - posted on 01/14/2010

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Is she in physical therapy? My son walked at 2 years 9 months but only with the help of orthotics for ankle stability and some special knee braces since he hyper extended them so much. Ava may just need some support to help her get going.

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