Born eight weeks early with a stage four brain bleed, if there were a poster child for the benefits of early intervention, Cameron would be a great one. After 21 days in the neonatal intensive care unit, Cameron came home with his parents.

At Cameron’s six months well baby check, his pediatrician diagnosed Cameron with cerebral palsy,  a neurological disorder that affects body movement, muscle coordination, and balance. Doctors could not tell the severity of the condition, but they did tell Cameron’s mom that he may not be able to walk. The doctor referred Cameron to Easter Seals North Georgia’s Babies Can’t Wait program to start early intervention therapies.

Often it just takes getting a child to achieve his first significant milestone before everything starts falling into place. When Cameron started physical therapy with Tarsha at 12 months old he wasn’t sitting up or rolling over. Tarsha immediately began working on building Cameron’s muscles while keeping his joints flexible.

Every week, Tarsha came to Cameron’s house and worked with both him and his mom and grandmother. The in-home sessions helped him feel relaxed. “Cameron was so much more comfortable having the therapy at home. He knew I was with him to help and in his environment. It made a huge difference in his improvement,” said his mom.

Therapies made such a big difference in Cameron’s development that within a couple of months, he was rolling over, sitting up on his own, and finally walking! Cameron’s mom and grandmother were able to continue what he was learning in therapy throughout the week. Tarsha showed them how to incorporate exercises into everyday play, the best way to get children to participate without them even knowing it.

He had eye surgery at two years old to correct a condition common in children with cerebral palsy, Strabismus. Cameron’s mom believes that has helped with his depth perception and balance. Since then, there is no holding him back. Today he’s three years old, running and chasing his cousins and friends. He’ll start preschool two days a week soon in a standard class. He rarely has to wear his leg braces and mostly wears high top shoes to help with stability.

Cameron’s mom believes that the physical therapy he received thanks to ESNG’s Babies Can’t Wait program helped him become the happy, healthy, and active child he is today. “I know he’ll be out playing baseball very soon,” she said. “There won’t be anything that distinguishes him from the other children.”

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