Bambi Eyes, Illusive was giving me advice because Cheeko was landing hard. Does your bird come out on it's own? That might also be a difference. Cheeko doesn't come out on his own. I have to take him out using my finger as a perch. If you feel that he could injure himself, 2 weeks isn't that long. Trust me, I hate the idea of not letting Cheeko out because I really enjoy it. But if you're worried about bonding, you can still talk to him/her and you can still do finger/perch training. That's the way you got him to trust you so he'll probably enjoy this time. I don't recommend "holding" your bird unless it's a must. Petstores aren't always the best place for advice. More than likely they don't even own a bird and they're going by what they learned on training day. I trust bird owners over an employee of a petstore any day. And as for the cage, as long as it's just 2-4 feet off the ground, you shouldn't have to lower it. Birds do like being at a high point when they feel secure but if he's unsure about flying, (due to no fault of his own or yours...his wings are clipped just like Cheekos) he doesn't need to be too high up when he's out. I think the best rule of thumb about the cage is, if he can return to his cage on his own, the cage's location is fine. And when the couple weeks are up, I will start Cheeko back out in the floor. You could put the playground on the floor and he can hang out there. I'm gonna use my child's wheel barrel, (like the picture) so he isn't sitting directly on the floor but he will be low enough to feel safe in case he wants to fly. Also, remember birds are naturally curious, they're not gonna want to sit on your hand the whole time he's out. He will fly off a lot. He's gonna want to explore his surroundings.
Just noticed...is that Storm's cage in the back of the picture on top of the fridge? If so, you definitely need to invest in a stand or an end table or something. The fridge gives off heat and it may get too warm for him. Plus bird poop near your food source is kind of weird. Also, maybe you should start saving up for him a bigger cage...that's the size Cheeko was in a for a month. I understand everyone doesn't have tons of money to spend on their bird. I'm not saying you should, I'm just suggesting. Cheeko had one similar in size to that one I got Petsmart for 29.99, the one he has now is almost twice the size for around 50. The links are below; Maybe that can give you a better idea of what I mean.
Cheeko's new cage:http://i1201.photobucket.com/albums/bb342/pigtoes1985/SANY1081.jpg
His old one:http://pet.imageg.net/graphics/product_images/pPETS-8203046r200.jpg
Hope all this helped. How long have you had Storm? Just curious.