| Washington Elks Therapy Program for Children

Caleb is a three-year-old boy with developmental delay, speech delay, sensory issues and low muscle tone.

Before receiving therapy through Elks, Caleb was having constant meltdowns, wasn’t engaging, had no verbal words or any means of communicating, and wasn’t much interested in play beyond lining-up his toys. Because of his sensory issues, Caleb would mouth and suck on everything around him, for oral input. He also had an open mouth posture which caused frequent drooling.

Caleb has been receiving therapy with Elks for one year, to improve his tolerance for people, play, using his hands, and eating more foods. Therapy emphasized his oral skills and comfort moving around his home. Now he is more engaging, which leads to having fewer meltdowns. He now engages in pretend play and lets others play with him.

Before beginning therapy, Caleb could not say one word. He now makes all the sounds in the alphabet, says “Mama” and “Dada” when seeking attention from his parents, and is saying many other simple words. We often sign with him and now he uses some signs for additional communication. As a family, we’ve used many ways to introduce early concepts toddlers know, such as shapes, colors, letters, and numbers. Now he knows them all. His muscle tone has strengthened, allowing him to keep his mouth closed when needed and he no longer drools. Caleb’s sensory need for oral input is completely gone and he no longer mouths or sucks on objects.

This was a big deal as he started developmental preschool this past spring.

Caleb is learning how to count, using his fingers and words; he is working more on feeding himself. We are so grateful for Elks Therapy becoming part of our family’s team! We couldn’t have done it without you all!

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