When Luis came to The Treatment and Learning Centers for an evaluation seven years ago, he was having difficulty in preschool. Writing was challenging. Using scissors was nearly impossible. He wasn’t able to keep up with his peers and his private school suggested an occupational therapy evaluation at TLC. The evaluation showed deficits and Luis began weekly occupational therapy immediately. His results were profound. Luis’ mother Carrie noted, “Within the first few months there were remarkable changes in Luis.” Brigid Baker, OTR/L, Director of Clinical Programs, has worked with Luis since he was 4 years old.
Luis has made significant improvements – progressing from learning to form his upper and lower case letters to now writing legibly in cursive. Where he used to lack the coordination to ride a scooter and bike, now he can be found speeding through the halls of TLC. Once he struggled with strength and physical endurance for daily tasks and now he is fine tuning for improved core strength and stability. Luis is active in Boy Scouts, is on the swim team and enjoys playing the trumpet!
Luis has stayed with occupational therapy because as he has grown, so have the physical demands of childhood. Additionally, the emotional demands encouraged his family to try counseling for Luis. Luis has gotten help with conflict management, interacting with peers and communicating with his family. His parents have been very pleased with the impact of TLC’s services on their son, sharing, “The Treatment and Learning Centers makes our family a more cohesive unit.”
Recently, when eleven year old Luis was asked about his time in OT, he reflected, “When I was little,” he says, “I struggled to write a single sentence in print. Now I can write a whole paragraph in cursive.”