Washington Elks Therapy Program for Children

There may not be anyone more eager to be your sous chef than 4 year old Moira! That is, if she isn’t dreaming of being an astronaut or playing with dinosaurs! If there is a cooking project, she is all in! She loves to scoop, pour, mix and of course taste!

Moira, who was born eleven weeks early, fatigues easily while standing. This is due to her cerebral palsy, which affects her legs and feet more than her hands. She can stand with support for a few minutes and she uses a walker to help her walk short distances while out in the community.

To involve her in cooking, Moira’s family bought a Kitchen Helper step stool to raise her up to the counter height. Unfortunately, this step stool does not provide enough support to stabilize Moira so she can use both hands on a task.

Enter Elks Therapy. Moira’s occupational therapist adapted her Kitchen Helper step stool with a seat from another piece of adapted equipment that was not in use. This seat allows Moira to stand when she wants to, and sit when she tires or when she needs to use both hands for mixing pancake batter or cutting out cookies. The seat easily detaches so the stepstool can be folded and stored when not in use.

Moira’s family is so thankful for a service like the Washington Elks Therapy Program for Children! They appreciate that Elks Therapy can come into their home, see where Moira lives, and adapt her environment to her individual needs. Not only are agencies such as that few and far between, but the cost of that type of service would be prohibitively expensive.

Now, with her adapted Kitchen Helper, Moira is able to assist in preparing everyone’s favorite meal and treat! Next up, Grandma’s favorite lemon cake!