Vivian García Rodríguez
Vivian is a little girl with a big personality who started coming to Pasitos de Luz 4 years ago. She is now 8 years old and is Puerto Vallarta born and raised.
Vivian has been diagnosed with psychomotor impairment and hypotania. Hypotonia means decreased muscle tone and is more commonly known as floppy baby syndrome. Children with hypotonia often lag behind in acquiring certain fine and gross motor developmental milestones and find it hard to sit up, balance themselves or hold their head up. These were the challenges that Vivian faced when she started at Pasitos de Luz. She was also non-verbal and could not form any words.
We have focussed our work with Vivian on the three areas of occupational therapy, behavioural therapy and physiotherapy. We really wanted to enable Vivian to walk unaided and, through work on treadmills and using a balance bar, she can now walk without any assistance. Vivian’s behaviour has also improved a lot. When she arrived at Pasitos de Luz she was very irritable and had a tendency to lash out. She is now a lot calmer, is more tolerant of those around her and is capable of telling us what she wants and what she doesn’t want. She is also now able to form words. In the long-term, we would like to see Vivian improve her balance and posture.
Vivian is an only child who lives with her mum. Her dad sadly passed away shortly before she started at Pasitos de Luz.