Washington Elks Therapy Program for Children

We would like you to meet Luke!

Our son Luke was born with a class 4 lip and tongue tie. At 4.5 months old we had a procedure done to revise his lip and tongue tie which changed our lives. He went from only drinking a 2 or 3 oz bottle per feeding and screaming constantly between feedings, to drinking 6+ ounces each feeding and became a happy baby. We were put in touch with an occupational therapist who works on oral motor therapy through the Elks of Washington by the doctor who performed the lip and tongue tie procedure. The therapist came to our home once a week and worked with Luke to teach him to latch properly to the bottle and to help him not have developmental delays. Our therapist was so knowledgeable and informative. He taught me new things to work with Luke on my own each week. Luke is now a 1-year- old and he is thriving! Our therapist didn’t just stop after Luke was latching well to the bottle. He helped us transition to solid foods, assisted Luke with crawling and standing up. Luke’s sister Harper and brother Jaxon have enjoyed being able to interact with our therapist during the visits, and I find them doing little things the therapist is doing to try to help Luke learn. You always hear “it takes a village”, and we are so blessed that we were able to have someone help us with Luke for so long.

Thank you to the Elks of Washington for having a program like this available.