Washington Elks Therapy Program for Children: Our Kids

What we do Matters!

A recent life experience coinciding with our winter 2020 Elks convention in SeaTac Washington, by Elks member Ben Braden: Stepping aboard the 261’ National Science Foundation Icebreaker Sikuliaq I can’t help but imagine the rugged territory it’s sailed near, the waves it’s surmounted and the feet of ice it’s broken through on its journeys.  This… Read more

Persephone

Hello everyone, I would like you to meet Persephone! Persephone is now almost 6 years old and has Acute Motor Sensory Axonal Neuropathy with Encephalophy. When she became ill she lost the ability to move and communicate with the outside world, using her eye movement has been her only means of communication to simple yes… Read more

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