Treatment that Hits the Spot
Isaac learned to cope with his autism at The Children's SPOT, a place that promises hope for children with developmental disabilities
Between ages 2 and 3, Isaac hardly spoke. He spun in circles nonstop. And he couldn't cut paper with scissors or write with a crayon, which are typical behaviors for kids by age 3. "We knew children develop at different rates," said his dad, Marty. "But clearly Isaac was missing some milestones."
At 3, Isaac was diagnosed with autism—one of an estimated 1.5 million Americans with the disorder, which includes a range of developmental symptoms that affect social interaction and communication.
Help and Hope
Isaac and his parents were referred to The Children's SPOT (Speech, Physical, and Occupational Therapy) at Saint Luke's, where kids with such conditions as autism, cerebral palsy, complications from premature birth, chromosomal disorders, or general developmental delays learn and grow.
A speech therapist helped Isaac build his vocabulary; an occupational therapist worked to improve his cutting and writing skills; and a physical therapist helped bolster his upper body strength. He also learned social interaction, play, and pretend skills.
"When Isaac started at The Children's SPOT, he said six words," Marty said. "By the time he left three years later, he was prepared to begin kindergarten. It amazed us. And we couldn't be more grateful."
"A special place" for families and children with disabilities and developmental delays.
The Children's SPOT offers therapy for children who might need some extra help.