We have three amazing therapists that have become a big part of our lives. We see them several times a week (most times more than we see our own families). Jen, Michelle and Linda help Ella with so many things, and they also do a great deal to keep Jason and I sane!
|This is Ella when she was about 9 months old, working hard with Jen|
on the medicine ball. Don't let the smile fool you!
|Ella and Linda at one of her first pool sessions. So funny to look |
back at an old photo and see how much Pnut has grown!
Linda is Ella's pool physical therapist. She sees Ella twice a week at a therapy pool not far from our home. We started aqua therapy when Ella was about 8 months old. She LOVES the water. We have seen great progress too. She is much stronger and a lot more confident. We usually see Ella's progress in the pool translate into accomplishments on land a few weeks later. For example, Ella was walking independently in the pool for several weeks and then eventually had the confidence to give it a try in our living room! Linda is great with Ella and is always looking for new techniques to give Ella the best treatment.
|Ella working on an art project with Michelle.|
Michelle always has a new activity to help motivate
Ella to make new sounds.
Jen, Linda and Michelle are the best of the best in our eyes. We have so much respect and admiration for what they have done not only for Ella, but for all of us. I like my job, but these three women LOVE their jobs. It's not always easy to deal with a toddler (and one who is stubborn at times), but they never give up or show frustration. Although Early Intervention is only for children up to age three...I have a feeling we will have long lasting relationships with our therapists!