One of the effects of Christian's cerebral palsy was that his speech was very limited. Before turning to Easter Seals, he was unable to produce clear words and had a hard time letting his family know what he needed and what he was things and feeling. His inability to communicate was really tough for Christian and his family, particularly on top of additional concerns related to his disability.
Easter Seals began providing weekly child development sessions to help Christian with communication and other challenges. His teacher Maria visited his house each week to work with Christian on communication and other skills he need some help with. Maria also worked with Christian's parents so they would be able to help him communicate more effectively during everyday activities all week long. This kind of parent coaching is a proven way to help kids with developmental delays and disabilities make the most progress, and helps parents feel supported.
Before long, Christian began to show real progress. He learned how to make choices, speak clearly, and say the names of his family members, friends and teachers. He's become a much better learner, and really social. Christian says that he loves having his friends (his therapists) visit him each week to play with him. He also discovered a love of singing.
All these wonderful developmental gains will make it possible for Christian to be successful in preschool, a springboard for his ongoing educational success - socially, developmentally, and emotionally.
Mara, Christian's teacher, says that his story is especially heartwarming. He's experienced several hardships in his short life, and has had a number of setbacks related to his cerebral palsy. Chistian's courage and hard work, coupled with a sweet and loving personality, has made him an inspiration to all who experience his happiness, love and joy every day.