Washington Elks Therapy Program for Children: Our Kids

Katelyn

Katelyn is one tough 10 year old.  She and her family have overcome incredible obstacles to get to today’s smiles.  Katelyn was born with a genetic condition that affects her metabolism and energy levels, as well as her brain and her ability to move.  She has always been very medically fragile, susceptible to any tiny… Read more

Brooklyn

Brooklyn is now 6 years old and has just completed kindergarten. She was initially referred to the WA Elks Therapy Program, our Major Project, at 9 months of age due to concerns regarding her motor skill development. Brooklyn was born premature at 37 weeks’ gestation via C-section due to her mother’s health requiring immediate gallbladder… Read more

Hezekiah

Hezekiah is a dashing 4 year old! He is happy, funny and enthusiastic! He is, in this writers opinion, a SUPERHERO! Hezekiah has come a very long way since he began receiving Occupational Therapy, at age two, from The Washington Elks Therapy Program for Children! Just six months ago, Hezekiah was not able to follow… Read more

Kasper

Kasper is one of “Our Kids”. He was born prematurely, 13 weeks early, and had respiratory distress and bleeding in his brain called a “hemorrhage”. He spent his first couple months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. He is now, chronologically, almost one year old. However, correcting for prematurity, he is 8 months old. Due… Read more

Makenna

When Makenna was 6 months old, her parents were told that her future was unclear.  Doctors told them she had a syndrome that affected parts of her brain, and that she was likely blind.  The part of her brain that was most affected controls coordination and balance.   With both of her parents being teachers, they… Read more

Mateo

Meet Mateo! This handsome little guy is Mateo. He is 3 ½ years old, and full of life! He’s had a long road to travel in those 3 ½ years, but as you can see from these photos, Mateo is a happy, busy little kid now. He loves to play, and he has a great… Read more

Pierce

Do you recall the feeling you had the day you got your first set of wheels? Be it a two wheeled Schwinn or a four wheeled ride, it meant one thing, independence! You had places to go, things to do, and people to see! One young man, 3-1/2 year old Pierce, experienced that for the… Read more

Jacob

This is Jacob! Jacob was born with Myotonic Dystrophy, a muscle disorder. He was in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for 2 months at birth and came home with a breathing tube (trach) and a feeding tube (g-tube). Plus, he came home with an Elks therapist in place, ready to work with our son…. Read more

Skylar

Almost 2 years ago, Skylar was featured in “Our Kids”.   The past year has held so many changes—we thought an update was due! Skylar is now almost 8 years old—and is flexing his independence AND his muscles!  Skylar continues to have many medical appointments, and is still very, very, susceptible to illness.  His list of… Read more

Ian

With his bright smile and huge hugs, Ian greets his Elks Therapist each week!  He usually looks forward to “playing” therapy games, and making things. He even enjoys a meal or snack sometimes during therapy.  Little does he know, that each activity is a carefully planned task that helps him overcome the many delays that… Read more