"His clinicians have never given up hope," said Karen, mom of Ethan, a client in the Physical Rehabilitation program.
"Ethan began services with the Achievement Center shortly after being diagnosed with Infantile Spasms at his five-month check-up. That's how we first got connected to agency services.
Following our involvement in the Early Intervention program, we transitioned into the Physical Rehabilitation Program, where Ethan received regular physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. Through our constant research, my husband and I learned that 70-90% of children with Infantile Spasms develop severe to profound intellectual and physical disabilities. We knew we had a long road ahead of us, but with the support of the Achievement Center clinicians, our family learned to recognize and celebrate every bit of Ethan's progress. His clinicians have never given up hope.
Even when we feel frustrated, they model how to patiently wait for Ethan to progress in his own time. They have taught us to make every activity meaningful, looking for therapeutic opportunities during playtime, mealtime, diaper changes, playground visits and community outings.
With the patient assistance of his therapists and other clinicians at the Achievement Center, Ethan walks, runs, jumps and talks more and more every day. He continues to make progress.
We are eternally grateful to everyone at the Achievement Center and are excited to see what Ethan will achieve in the years to come. " shared Karen, mom of Ethan.
Helping children increase independence and improve daily functioning so they can experience success at home, at school, and in the community.
For more information, questions, or to refer a child for services please call Laura Plasczynski at 814-616-0536.