Case in Progress
For the greater part of the last
year we have chronicled Camerons growth and development.
We highlighted her heart repair and remarkable recovery. Beginning
in January 1999 you will be introduced to some new children. We
will follow 3 children for the next year, as well as present some
case historys of children who have graduated from our program.
Seasons Greetings from Camerons family
What a difference a year makes! This time last year we were
trying to recover from the shock of Camerons birth. Now,
one year later we happily celebrate her first year of life with
us! In April Cameron had her heart repaired at Childrens Hospital
Los Angeles. Everything went so smoothly. We definitely had
someone looking over her and the rest of our family. With all
the attention Cameron received this past year Courtney came
through like a trooper! From day one, Courtney has taken Cameron
under her little wings, protects her and loves her. (Yes, there
is the "occasional" tantrum, but we only mention the
good stuff at Christmas, right?!?)
This has truly been a year of challenges for us. But most of
all, blessings. We are so thankful for our families who have
been so helpful and supportive this past year. The once , well
defined "road of life" we were so sure of , took a
major detour last November. Life has much more meaning to us
now, and our kids are even more precious than we ever realized.
As we celebrate this holiday season, we are expecting our third
baby. An amnio confirmed everything is "normal", and
that Tony will remain the only boy in our house.
As God continues to bless our lives, we hope He is doing the
same for you.
At one year of age Cameron was again assessed. She continues
to make great developmental strides, although motorically the
milestones are becoming more difficult. She attained 95% of
the goals and objects the team targeted for her first birthday,
which is fabulous when you consider she had open heart surgery
just 6 months ago. Currently her skills range from 32-44 weeks
in all areas. She can now sit indefinitely without falling,
and can push herself up from leaning on her hands in sit. She
can stand momentarily while holding onto furniture. She claps
her hands, removes puzzle pieces, and can find a completely
hidden object. She manipulates a variety of objects with ease,
including her bottle, finger foods. Cameron is making repetitive
consonant and vowel sounds, imitates sounds, and understands
the word no.
Cameron has a happy personality and enjoys people. Her family,
and extended family, take a great deal of time with her, which
is evident in her progress. While still presenting with delays,
she is making excellent progress, which we expect to continue.
The plan for the new year is to continue with the current services,
physical therapy, child development, parent education, and to
add speech therapy consultation. The speech therapist will provide
guidance and specific language development activities for the
whole team to incorporate into their treatment with Cameron.
We are all looking forward to a wonderful year working with
Cameron and her family.
Monica Clark, physical therapist
Leigh Hicks, child education specialist
Julie Loe, parent and child education specialist