Reaching new heights with Everlee!

At 8 months old, Everlee’s mom and doctor had concerns about her motor development because she was not yet rolling over. She was referred to Sherwood at that point for an evaluation. Sherwood’s Occupational Therapist began working with Everlee to strengthen her muscles by doing baby sit-ups and holding a crawling position. Her therapist encouraged her mom to practice those exercises alongside Everlee to help get her ready to move. At 14 months old, Everlee began to crawl! It wasn’t long after that she had mastered pulling herself up and on to the furniture and was cruising around.

During a speech evaluation when Everlee was 18 months old, it was determined that she was communicating at the level of a 9 month old. Everlee’s Speech Therapist has worked to use the things that Everlee loves most like Donald Duck, Daisy Duck and Mickey Mouse to motivate her to communicate. When Everlee first began Speech Therapy all of those characters sounded like, “duh-duh.” Now Everlee is able to differentiate Mickey Mouse from the others by saying, “muh-muh.” Everlee loves to sing and dance! She can request “Row Row Your Boat” or “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” through a combination of sign language and words. 

At 2 years and 3 months old, Everlee is able to walk independently even on uneven surfaces and is even attempting to climb the ladder to her sister’s bunkbed. She currently has about 30 words and is eager to try new ones. Thanks to the tools and resources Everlee’s Speech and Occupational Therapists have equipped her mom with, she feels encouraged to continue to work on these skills with Everlee even when the therapists are not there! 

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