I got Gillian a pair of Nordic Walking poles today. At first I thought it was going to be a huge waste of money. See, the problem is Gillian doesn’t walk correctly to begin with due to Central Core Disorder, and everything about these poles seemed counter intuitive about her.
She couldn’t get past using the same arm with the same leg, which as you can imagine is just wrong, makes her wobble even more.
Eventually we tired something new. I got in front of her and walked backwards, holding her hands to make sure they alternated properly, and you should have seen her FLY! I was barely doing anything other than making sure she used them correctly, and once she was, she was pushing herself along and walking at almost a normal walking pace – which is about 2-3 times faster than she usually walks.
For now when I let go she goes back to her old habits, but she’s slowly getting deprogrammed. She was doing it on her own correctly for a while. Once she gets the hang of this she is going to find her life changed, I think.