Before coming to Cole Pediatric Therapy, Grace could not string her words together to make phrases. At 3 years old, Grace was lacking the basic function of communication that others take for granted.
1 in every 691 babies in the U.S. is born with Down syndrome, according to the National Down Syndrome Society. Grace is one such child. The state of Texas does provide state-run therapy called Early Childhood Intervention, but as most parents of children with special needs learn, that therapy ends at age 3. After age 3, therapy is still available through Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities (PPCD), but only in 30 minute increments and in a group setting. Grace’s mom felt her child needed more personalized care and attention.
Before coming to Cole Pediatric Therapy, Grace could not string her words together to make phrases. At 3 years old, Grace was lacking the basic function of communication that others take for granted. Now Grace has been receiving Speech Therapy from Cole for about six months and her mother has seen marked improvement, “The other day she caught me completely off guard with two complete sentences ‘Where’s brother?’ and then went over to his crib and said ‘I found him!’.” Grace has only been a patient for 6 months, but the work she has accomplished with our therapists is already evident.
Over the past several months, Maaz, challenged by a severe physical disability, has been receiving occupational therapy services focused on improving functional hand skills. His mother and father recently remarked about how they are seeing increasing motivation for independence, particularly during two everyday activities his friends take for granted: eating and writing. Maaz is now using a fork and spoon with minimal assistance, whereas previously he was dependent on others, and has begun to write smaller letters with increased speed.
Throughout months of therapy, Maaz has shown an increased awareness of both the challenges his disability presents daily, as well as an emerging belief in his own ability to strive for, and obtain, increasing self-sufficiency. Recently Maaz proudly stated, “Now I can eat by myself and open doors.” As Maaz continues to reach goals both he and his parents have set, along with his therapist, it is the hope that many more doors will continued to be opened with the determined efforts of Maaz and his team!
Children come to Cole Pediatric Therapy for many reasons. Some require specific therapy and others need a multi-disciplinary approach. Zoey is of yet a “undiagnosed developmental delay” patient and requires Cole’s full complement of services. Like Grace, she also aged out of the state-run therapy and her parents were desperate for help.
She has been with Cole for 9 months now and her father confirms marked improvement within the first week of therapy. “She wasn’t walking. She had no communication.” With therapy, the aid of hip helpers, and even an iPad app: LAMP, Zoey has been able to walk and communicate through sign language. According to her father, “We have seen 1000% improvement.” While genetic tests are ongoing to determine Zoey’s exact diagnosis, her family rests assured knowing Cole Pediatric Therapy’s mission of hope will not change.