Meet The Kiddos

And help celebrate their great gains!

There's an easy way to find out how treatment at Children’s TherAplay makes such a difference for children with special needs: meet the kiddos and to discover the gains, we're so honored to be a part of every day.

Ollie in physical therapyMeet Ollie

Physical therapy to address a rare genetic syndrome

Like many of children who receive treatment at Children’s TherAplay, Ollie is living with extensive medical and physical challenges. In his case they spring from a rare and complex genetic disorder, CHARGE syndrome, which results in loss of hearing, sight, and smell; heart defects; low muscle tone; feeding and swallowing difficulties; and a marked lack of growth and development.

But that isn't stopping him.

"Just wait and see"

Laila in physical therapyMeet Laila

Physical therapy to address a genetic anomaly

You’d never know, from the way five-and-a-half-year-old Laila giggles and skips and hops her way through physical therapy, that she wasn’t able to sit up until she was 13 months old, the same age at which many children begin walking. 

Gross motor delays are a hallmark of hypomyelinating leukoencephalopathy, or the loss of white matter in the brain, a disorder which, in Laila, resulted in profound sensorineural hearing loss; challenges in balance, strength, and coordination; and decreased safety awareness.

Cheer Laila on



nullMeet Lauryn 

Physical and occupational therapies to address low tone and developmental delay

Before Lauryn started treament at Children's TherAplay she was walking but unsteadily. And uneven surfaces, even slight ones like grass, caused her to tumble.

Similarly, getting dressed and undressed required a great deal of assistance. And when it came to her four older siblings, as her mother Jen shares, “She was trying to keep up with them and wasn’t always successful.”

But all that has changed. Dramatically.

The first time Lauryn rode standing up

Meet Maxwell

Physical and occupational therapies to address chromosomal anomalies

Maxwell’s mother Jenna shares, "...When we received his diagnosis and knew therapy would be a significant part of his life, I knew where I needed to bring him: Children’s TherAplay. Why? As fate would have it, my career path led me to be an occupational therapist.

"I'll never forget the day in graduate school when we went to a place called Children’s TherAplay to see how they were using horses as a part of the children's treatment. I knew with Maxwell's diagnosis that the benefits of hippotherapy would be immeasurable."

Her perspective as a parent who is also an occupational therapist

Meet Leo

Physical and occupational therapies to address low muscle tone and developmental delay

Leo had been receiving traditoinal physical, occupational, and speech therapies but the progress was slow. His mother Laura shares, “He would develop and then he would tend to plateau. And we would hit these stretches that sometimes lasted quite a while where there just wasn’t any progress. Once we got to Children's TherAplay, it was almost a weekly basis where we were seeing things that he was making progress on.”

Hippotherapy made all the difference

nullMeet Catalina

Physical and occupational therapies to address Down syndrome

“Mama I can jump!” Catalina squealed. It was a big day. Three-and-a-half-year-old Catalina thought she had been jumping before but as her mother Beatriz reports, while Catalina’s upper body bobbed and swayed, her feet had never left the ground.

But now they do!

Lauryn has grown so much. Not only is she getting stronger in her core area and her ability to master more fine motor and gross motor skills, she has also grown in her confidence. She loves coming to Children's TherAplay.

The fact that we travel 45 minutes each way, twice a week says a lot in terms of our feelings about Children's TherAplay. .... It's so worth it. It's wonderful!

– Lauryn’s mother, Jen


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