| Washington Elks Therapy Program for Children

Mateo was born prematurely at 26 weeks, 3 years ago, and spent 85 days in the NICU. As a result, he received early intervention services, where he was referred to Elk’s Therapy. We noticed Mateo constantly had his hands in his mouth, was always chewing on his toys and his clothes. He was constantly on the move, jumping all over the place. He was also clumsy and falling on the floor when he walked. We thought he was just a very energetic boy, until He was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder.

Elk’s therapy created a sensory diet for Mateo, which has taught him activities that have helped him feel calm, and improved his concentration. The sensory diet includes heavy work such as pulling a heavy wagon, pushing a cart, and carrying groceries. We also do pressure brushing and joint compressions. Another helpful activity is the electric toothbrush and chewing on crunchy food. Elk’s therapy is also helping Mateo improve his fine motor skills by teaching him to how to hold a crayon, opening and closing clothes pins and using scissors.

We are very grateful for Elk’s Therapy and the assistance they have given Mateo. He continues to improve, and we look forward to seeing the new skills he will learn.

Thank you to all the Elks and friends who make this Program possible.

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