| Washington Elks Therapy Program for Children

Meet Lillian!

Lillian is five years old. She’s been getting therapy with the Washington Elks Therapy Program for about two years, and she is almost ready to “graduate” from feeding therapy!

Lillian was born with medical complications that required surgeries, to repair her esophagus and trachea. She had to get her food through a feeding tube, until her body healed. As a result, she didn’t have the same early feeding experiences as most other babies. She required feeding therapy to learn how to eat. When I met her, Lillian already had plenty of experience with this in the hospital, and she was a rock star therapy patient! We have worked on things like how to chew and swallow food safely, and trying new flavors and textures. Her favorite book is: “1,000 Things to Eat”! Which tells you just how far this kiddo has really come. Lillian is sweet and spunky, with boundless energy. She always brightens my day.

Lillian, eating her first McDonald’s hamburger!

I feel very fortunate that I’ve had the chance to work with Lillian and her family, and to help them out in their own home. Together we’ve been able to help Lillian make those last big leaps, so that she can eat all on her own now.







Washington State Elks Association