At first glance, this photo of Jacob and Levi enjoying “floor time” doesn’t seem to be that unusual. Don’t all babies love playing on the floor? However, floor time is not always practical or safe in an orphanage environment, so it is a complete joy to see these boys and others from Heartbridge scooting around the floor amidst a jumble of toys.
“Floor time” is an essential part of the healing that goes on at Heartbridge. It is a simple, basic pleasure for the children that assists with their strength, dexterity and social development. Spending time playing on the floor helps babies learn how to roll over, sit up and crawl and allows them to develop confidence.
Floor time has really paid off for Jacob, the older of these two boys. Jacob was born with anal atresia and required immediate life-saving surgery. Spending time playing on the floor with his caregivers and friends has certainly accelerated his healing and development. Isn’t it amazing that he took his first steps in August, just in time for his first birthday? He certainly seems to think so!
Jan Champoux is Heartbridge Coordinator for Love Without Boundaries Foundation. She lives in Nebraska, USA with husband Rob and four children. Jan and Rob have a son and daughter in college, and also a son adopted from Korea, and a daughter adopted from China, both of whom are in the fifth grade.