“Last month we tested out training with Swim Lab Lanzarote for the first time. Johan needed some intensive training, he loves “swimming” and while we have weekly access to a warm pool here in Jönköping we didn’t know how to make the most of that and had no one to advise us.
This video is long! It’s a compilation of some of the different pool-based and land-based exercises he did, a clip of his mini-golf reward and ends with his huge improvements in walking.
It was a real eye-opener for us to find out how many different muscles can be trained in the pool even if you can’t actually swim using different kicks, strokes and various pieces of equipment. We also got lots of new ideas we can use to incorporate training through fun games we can play at home from the land-based training.
Paul and Kris were great with Johan and his siblings. They made the training as fun as possible while also pushing Johan. They adapted things to incorporate Johan’s love of dinosaurs and kept him motivated by the promise of dinosaur mini-golf at the end of the week! (Being able to have his big sister train with him brought out his competitive edge and also helped his motivation levels towards the end of the block 😁).
Johan has gone from walking mainly with sticks but without support in high splints when he felt like it, to walking unaided in short splints and being obsessed with practicing his barefoot walking. He’s even working on turning. He is driving the progress himself right now.
We are amazed and delighted with the improvements he has made in the last few weeks and so thankful that we have been able to give him the gifts of SDR and PERCS as well as the opportunity to access great-quality intensive physiotherapy outside Sweden – none of which would have been possible without all the support we have received 💚”