Stories of Hope
Alex began weekly speech therapy services with Easterseals just before his second birthday. At the start of therapy, he was babbling occasionally and using three signs consistently to communicate with his family. He was not independently producing sounds or words, following one-step directions or identifying objects and people. After six months of therapy, his communication skills are flourishing.
Antonio has cerebral palsy and he has benefitted from a variety programs at Easterseals, including outpatient therapy, neurology and orthopedic clinics, and the equipment loan program. With a lot of hard work, he is becoming more independent and achieving the milestones that often come easy to a typical child.
Chasity has been attending Easterseals Camp Growing Green, our overnight camp, for the past two years. At first, she was reluctant to go to camp because she had never stayed away from home by herself. However, Chasity soon discovered that she is more self-sufficient and independent than she realized.
Ezra benefits from a variety programs at Easterseals, including Early Intervention, outpatient therapy and the equipment acquisition program. Every week, his mother and his therapists see him developing, learning and becoming more independent.
Lauren attends Easterseals Camp Growing Green overnight summer camp. Attending camp is the only time Lauren spends the night away from home and she cherishes the freedom it provides. This also means Lauren’s grandmother, her primary caregiver, receives a much needed and well-deserved break to re-energize. She can truly enjoy it because she is confident that Lauren is well cared for and happy at camp.
Leah was born with Joubert Syndrome, a rare condition characterized by underdevelopment of the cerebellum, low muscle tone and delayed development and speech. She began receiving our early intervention services just after her first birthday. Every week, her parents see progress and continue to set new milestones for her development.
Lexi is lively and energetic and thrives on events and activities. She is always planning and looking forward to the next thing on the calendar. Among her favorite activities are two Easterseals programs: Camp Lily and Saturday Respite. According to Lexi’s mom, “I have always known that the phrase — it takes a village to raise a child — is true. Easterseals is a very important part of Lexi’s village. It takes a lot to support a typical child. It takes more to support a special child. Not everyone has the gift of being able to support children like mine. I am so grateful that Easterseals is there for Lexi.”
Today Parker is active and curious and loves playing baseball, but this was not always the case. Parker has cerebral palsy, which affects one side of his body including his arm and leg. As a preschooler, he walked up on his toes on one side and did not like trying new things. Then he enrolled in Physical Therapy at Easterseals outpatient clinic in Reading.
Peyton was completely nonverbal at age two when she began receiving speech therapy and occupational therapy from Easterseals. Today, she is independently speaking and communicating, engages more with people and can clearly make her needs known.
Sahar is an inquisitive, energetic child who is quick to learn. After she was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and a speech delay, her parents were eager to find the right supports to get Sahar where she needed to be before starting kindergarten.
Zai’Den benefits from Easterseals Early Intervention services, outpatient therapy and specialty medical clinics. He is developing the physical, social, communication and life skills necessary to participate in daily routines with his family and to enter preschool with his peers. While there will be challenges ahead, Zai’Den and his family are approaching the future with excitement and anticipation.