Evan has been cruising along the walls and furniture, intermingled with a few "hands free" steps for some time now. Today, Grandma and Grandpa Key were babysitting and he decided to take a few series of steps with just a little wall or table touch in between to steady himself. And he's just kept doing it all afternoon long. Daddy is working on getting some video to post. We are super thrilled!
Children with CHARGE Syndrome start walking on average at 3 years. Evan is 37 months. While we had been working with his PT and OT, hoping he would walk sooner, he is pretty much on target. Considering all the abnormalities in his vestibular (balance) system, the fact that Evan--or any child with CHARGE, for that matter--can compensate and learn to walk is absolutely amazing.
Evan, you just gave mommy the best birthday present ever!