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Progress has been Exponential since Receiving Therapy at Valley’s Children’s Therapy 

"Our son is Bernardo.  Bernardo is a funny, kind, and very sweet 4 year old. He is a former 24-weeker who weighed in at a whopping 1lb. 6 oz. at birth. He is diagnosed with autism, global developmental delays, and severe delays with expressive & receptive language. He also has a g-tube due to silent aspiration caused by the paralysis of his left vocal fold.

"We could never imagine what all he has accomplished through the help of Valley Medical Children’s Therapy Center (VMCTC).  He is now able to eat, drink, run, walk up/down stairs, hold a crayon, finish a puzzle, peddling a bike but more importantly he has learned how to give us hugs and kisses. These are all the things he is now able to do thanks to VMCTC.

"We are thankful for Christine-SLP, Diane-OT, and Melissa-PT, they are an integral part of our life. They not only care about our son but care about our family as a whole. We as parents have learned so much from them as well. They have provided us with the tools to help Bernardo succeed, the encouragement to keep us all us motivated and the wisdom to guide us through the process. Bernardo has received therapy in two other states and two other therapy centers in the state of WA, and the truth is his progress has been exponential since receiving therapy at VMCTC.

"Bernardo is our little super hero.  He has taught us the meaning of perseverance, endurance, and love. We strive to do our best for him so he can have a chance at life, a life he has fought so hard for; we have accepted his limitations but also know that his potential is limitless. We feel that with VMCTC at our side Bernardo will have a brighter future."  

With loving kindness, The M Family

Therapy Team Vital in Helping Make Independent Living Goal a Reality 

"We first arrived at Valley Medical Children's Therapy when my daughter was four years old. At that time, we did not have a diagnosis and we were treating her symptoms as she has global delays needing speech, physical and occupational therapy. There are no words to express the gratitude and appreciation I have for the team of therapists who have worked with my daughter (and recently my son) over the past eight years, especially Nichie. Nichie has been Becca's speech therapist during the past eight years and her ability to encourage and build skills in Becca that she is able to utilize both at home and in the classroom is remarkable.  

"Becca was finally diagnosed a year ago with an extremely rare genetic condition. Regardless of this diagnosis, Becca is continually pushed to achieve greatness in hopes she will one day be able to live independently; her team of therapists are vital in making this goal a reality. 

"Having spent three hours every week for almost a decade at Valley Medical Children's Therapy, the therapists and receptionists have been there through every bit of my life's adventure. Supporting and assisting in every way possible; even when there was little hope or little they could do beyond offering a hug. I've cried through life's adversity and through achievements we never thought possible with the support of Nichie and Stephanie and Bethany and the countless others who have deeply impacted our lives. I will be forever grateful and in their debt because Becca wouldn't be where she is today without them—and frankly, neither would I."

N.E. 

Children’s Therapy has Been a Miracle for Us: A Facility that Helps, Guides & Shows What is Best for Our Child 

My son Kristos has been seeing your therapists  since he was born. We started attending your Children's Therapy facility in Renton since he was released from the VMC NICU at 1 month old. Kristos is now 4 1/2 yrs old and has Down Syndrome. He has had physical, occupational, speech, and dietician therapy.  

This facility has been a miracle for us. He walked at 16 months old, he is forming words, he has had a tripod hold since he was 2 years old. He was able to eat solids with the dietician’s care and help at 8 months old. These are things I did not know I had to do. Without the therapists’ hard work and instructions he would if been further behind. Your facility has been a positive experience. I'm thankful for all of the therapists he has had and will have. You give parents like me hope and guidance that the future is going to hold so much more than we expected.  

To a parent like myself with a child with special needs, the VMC Children's Therapy is not just a place where I take my kid for therapy. It's a facility that I know will help us, guide us and show us what is best for our child. 

A.E.

The tools Connor was able to use at the Children’s Therapy center made his physical therapy fun and extremely helpful.

" My son Connor was born three months premature and lived the first two months of his life in the NICU at Valley Hospital. From the beginning he has had issues with all of the physical skills needed to function normally and Children’s Therapy has helped us through it all. When Connor first needed the assistance of the therapy center, they began with helping him learn how to suck, eat, and use his basic motor skills—all of which he could not do on his own. As Connor grew older and he met the goals set for him when being evaluated each year, the therapy center began to focus on the finer things that needed work in his skill set. As of the present time he has come far and has almost reached the same level in ability as most other children his age. 

"Much of the improvement of my sons’ abilities are thanks to Children’s Therapy because of the process they went through to help Connor; they always worked with us to the best of their ability to help my son, especially at the hospital. The occupational therapists at the hospital helped start Connor’s improvements and we were able to leave there with most of the skills he needed to function fairly well. No other serious problems really showed up until Connor’s evaluation at nine months. The results of our visit to the Children’s Therapy center showed a deficiency in his gross motor skills which would require physical therapy. From there we received the assistance of Irene—the physical therapist who has helped Connor every step of the way. Whenever we went to the therapy center to work with Irene, Connor was always energetic and willing to work—of course in a fun environment. The tools Connor was able to use at the Children’s Therapy center made his physical therapy fun and extremely helpful. Even when we were not actually able to attend therapy, the center gave us beneficial ideas to use at home. They were always flexible with our schedule and supportive no matter the level of Connor’s capabilities at his evaluations. Overall the Children’s Therapy center has helped greatly with Connor’s abilities and he has improved much during the time they have worked with us." 

Since this diagnosis and proper treatment, Jimmy has thankfully been a normal, healthy baby!

“My nine-month old baby boy, Jimmy, was born at your hospital. We had a wonderful experience, all the nursing staff was so kind and competent. I recommend the Birth Center to everyone I talk to.

“However my sweet little Jimmy has been sick practically since birth. As a five-week old, he contracted RSV and has…had it at least five times. Our pediatrician decided that enough was enough and he ordered several tests for him to get to the bottom of things… (Amy, a Children’s Therapy speech pathologist) performed the swallow study with Dr. Lund. They were a great team, by the way. Amy was able to pinpoint the problem immediately, dysphagia. Since this diagnosis and proper treatment, Jimmy has thankfully been a normal, healthy baby!...

“Thank you for being such a safe and compassionate hospital and environment where I know I can bring my family to whatever health treatments we may receive.” / HS

 

NICU Follow Up Care at Children’s Therapy Creates a Life of Possibilities for Ray

Raymond was born a micro-preemie at Valley’s Birth Center. Only 1 lb., 11 oz. and 13” long—not even the length of a legal-sized sheet of paper his mother used in her work in a law office. Ray was fragile—heart valve issues, breathing problems, feeding issues.

After 102 days in Valley’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, his parents brought little Ray home. For more than 2.5 years, Valley Medical Center continued to play a crucial role in Ray’s NICU follow up care through Children’s Therapy. Ray’s therapist, Irene Bryant, PT, DPT, has seen him weekly, then twice a month and then just once a month, involving the family in Ray’s therapeutic care. “We’ve worked with Ray since he was just a baby to help him reach developmental goals, those physical milestones that are often delayed in children who were preemies,” says Bryant. “Most recently we’ve been concentrating on his motor skills, strength and balance. He is just a delightful little boy and I’m so proud of his progress. Ray met all of his therapy goals in February 2011 and no longer needs treatment.”

“Ray has received wonderful care at every step,” says his mother. “He is all boy. He loves cars and trucks and is a healthy, active, seriously normal, nearly three-year old boy with no ill effects from his premature birth. The doctors are amazed that Ray was a preemie and I say it’s all because of Valley.” / MS