Brittany Cooper is a little two-year-old girl packed full of determination. Up until September of 2008, Brittany, who is developmentally delayed, had been receiving Early Intervention treatments in physical, speech/language, occupational therapies and special education at home. Her parents were reluctant to consider enrolling her in any center-based early intervention services. Then they came to visit CP Rochester’s Early Intervention Program and decided to take a leap of faith and enroll Brittany.
Her progress has been dramatic. When she first arrived she did not walk and her communication was limited to about 30 signs. After six weeks of attendance on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for two and a half hours per day she has made and continues to make astonishing gains. She is walking, forming words, socializing and making great strides in balance and muscle development in the gym. After being somewhat apprehensive about swimming she is mastering the use of floats and ballast and is building her core strength.
The teachers and therapists at our Augustin Children’s Center have helped guide Brittany through a carefully planned program, constantly feeling out her abilities and building upon them. But Brittany is the one who gets all the credit because of her strong resolve to go further and succeed – and she will!