Anna has received physical therapy since she was in the NICU. Once we came home, we acted immediately to continue therapy with Early Childhood Intervention Services. We had consultations with physical, occupational, and speech therapists but ultimately decided Anna only needed physical therapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT). We had in-home PT three times per month and in-home OT twice per month. Anna enjoyed "playing" with her therapists and we were happy with the services we were receiving. However, as parents (and grandparents) will do, we continued researching to see if anything else might be helpful for Anna.
|Anna doing tummy time in her NICU crib|
|Anat Baniel demonstrating a movement lesson with Anna|
Fast forward a few months - we added aquatic therapy to the mix and some additional PT and OT so Anna was receiving 5-9 therapy sessions a week!! We had a packed schedule, but a major change was on the horizon for us. After another consult with Anat, we have made the difficult decision to discontinue traditional PT and OT and focus on ABM for the time being (though we will continue aquatic therapy). We have made this decision based on our faith in Anna and her practitioners and our belief that this will help Anna reach her maximum potential. As ABM is expensive and not covered by insurance, we have created a website for anyone who might like to support Anna on her journey: www.youcaring.com/standupforanna.