Chelsea is a 22 month old Easter Seals Greater Houston client who was born with a very rare gene disorder, GATAD2B syndrome, which results in the “loss of function”. There are approximately only 11 cases known worldwide. Characteristics of this disorder affect all areas of development from cognitive delay, low muscle tone, speech and feeding delays to sensory processing delays.
Chelsea has been in the Easter Seals Greater Houston Early Childhood Intervention Infant Program (ECI) for the past 14 months. She receives physical and occupational therapy along with specialized skill training. Chelsea lives at home with her Mom, Brittany, her Dad, Cody, and her 3 year old big brother, Bradley. With the help of ECI therapists and family support Chelsea has made huge strides over the past 14 months. Mom stated “When we first started ECI services Chelsea was 8 months old she could not even hold her head up. I couldn’t carry her like a typical baby. ECI has helped Chelsea development in ways I never knew possible.” Chelsea is currently able to roll, sit on her own for extended period of time, hold her own bottle, beginning to finger feed herself and is able to stand at her couch with supervision to interact with her big brother! Mom stated “I’m more confident now that ECI providers have taught me the skills to help Chelsea’s development. With the help of ECI my daughter is coming along great!”
Chelsea’s Early Childhood Intervention therapist shares that Brittany has become a huge advocate for her daughter and others who have been diagnosed with GATAD2B syndrome. Brittany has even traveled to Austin to encourage funding for this extremely rare gene disorder. Brittany is a true example of the power of a parent who advocates for their child!