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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