Rose was adopted from China in November of 2018, at the age of 33 months. She has Down syndrome, and spent the first 33 months of her life laying in a crib, with very little human interaction. As a consequence, she is severely delayed in her overall development, and has very, very low muscle tone. Because of her age, Rose was only able to receive services through Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) for two months. Lacy Alvarado, our service coordinator from Easter Seals Greater Houston’s ECI Program, made sure that Rose had the best therapeutic intervention she could possibly get during those two month through the Brazos Valley team (PT, OT, Case Management, Nutritional services, Speech and more). In addition to working with Rose every week on a wide range of developmental goals, the ESGH BV Team provided us with invaluable advice, and directed us to all the best service providers to meet Rose’s needs. With their help, Rose has made amazing progress, meeting many of her goals each and every week. Before starting with ECI, Rose had very limited usage of her left side, she couldn’t sit without bracing herself on her legs, and was completely unable to feed herself. In just two short months, Rose is now using her left hand and arm to complete all kinds of tasks, she can sit up straight without using her arms to brace herself, she is able to bring food to her mouth for self-feeding, she is beginning to use her arms and legs to “army crawl”, and she is learning how to follow simple directions.
With the help of Jana Aguilar, her physical therapist through Easter Seals Houston’s ECI Program, Rose has discovered that she has legs, and is beginning to bear weight on them, moving one step closer to eventually crawling and walking. We are so grateful for the Brazos Valley Team’s help through the Easter Seals’ ECI Program, as they have set Rose up for great success as she continues to grow and develop. And having these services provided in our home has been extremely important for Rose, allowing her to work with Lacy and Jana in a familiar place. Coming from years of neglect in a foreign institution has made Rose very fearful of unfamiliar surroundings, and very easily overstimulated by new people and places. So having Lacy and Jana come to our home was vital to her success. We will be forever grateful to Easter Seals Greater Houston / ECI for beginning Rose’s journey of healing and development in such an amazing way, and we will the team so very much.