Daniel is a sweet & fun loving 5-year old boy with autism. Since he is diagnosed he has gotten support from OT, PT, SLT& ABA therapies. He has come a long way but still, needs sensory input such as deep pressure to help him focus. Daniel loves Disney (especially lightning McOven), Legos, Batman, reading &

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Marley was our “Rainbow” baby, and just perfect.  She was diagnosed with Right-Torticollis, which is a stiffening of the muscles on the right side of her neck that attributed to the lack of muscle development on her right side, and the flatness of her head, called Plagiocephaly. At that time she was also diagnosed with

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Arie was born with Congenital CMV (Cytomegalovirus) which resulted in the most severe type of Cerebral Palsy, Spastic Quad CP. When Arie was still in the womb the doctors noticed some irregularities with her brain on the ultrasounds but they were unable to determine the cause of the issue. Once she was born Arie underwent

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My name is Annabella. You can call me Bella! I was born with Pfeiffer syndrome type II with multiple congenitals. So far I have had 40 surgeries if not more. I am G-tube and Tracheostomy tube dependent since as long as I can remember. I also need my ventilator machine and oxygen whenever i asleep

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Tishira is a very energetic young lady that wa diagnosed with Smith Magenis Syndrome, Epilepsy, Intellectual Disabilities and Developmental delays.  She has always had the desire to ride a bike, but never the ability to do so until now. We were invited to cycle St Louis by the St Louis Arc, where she was able

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Jayce is an extremely lovable 15 year old who is full of joy and eager to please his teachers, parents, and other family members. He loves going to church, walking dogs, and spending time with his family. He was diagnosed with Microcephaly as an infant which caused him to have global developmental delays. He has

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  Ryland entered this world screaming and kicking! When my husband and I saw him for the first time our hearts smiled. He was everything that we thought he would be; happy and healthy. During normal newborn screenings, Ryland failed his hearing test twice at the hospital. The doctors assured me that since he was

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Sammy is a beautiful gift of God. He is a happy and cute little boy. However, he was not able to express himself properly and had very low attention to people nearby. He was diagnosed at age 2 with autism with speech and cognition delay. From that day, we were just like being hit by

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Princess Luz was like any other child she loved adventure, laughs, and had such an amazing imagination. She would smother you in hugs and kisses.She hated bed time, but what kid doesn’t, both matter how late she would try to stay up she would always make sure she was up for school in the morning.

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Peyton was born April 25, the best day of my life. As far as developing goes I noticed early on that Peyton didn’t meet his milestones. By 3 months we had a diagnosis of a delay. We went through test after test and everything came back negative. We did not have an answer, still, till

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Jacob is an energetic and happy 9-year-old who was diagnosed with Microcephaly and Epilepsy when he was four months old. Jacob has had many hospitalizations due to seizures and even had to be in the NICU for a week because they couldn’t get his seizures to stop. His seizures are for the most part controlled

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Courtney

Courtney was a typically developing teenager with neurological devastation from acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) in September 2014. She is tracheostomy and ventilator-dependence, as well as gastrostomy tube dependence for most of her nutritional needs. Courtney is a creative, artistic, and fashionable teenager who is looking forward to being able to be home with her family.

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Anthony was born at 27 weeks at St. Louis Children’s Hospital weighing only 1 pound and 14 ounces and remained there for 4 months in the NICU. Due to Anthony’s prematurity, he’s experienced several developmental delays and is currently receiving Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and potentially ABA Therapy. Anthony has been diagnosed with

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Cohen is our amazing, fun, silly, mischievous, determined, and snugly five years old. He loves music, trains, swimming, watching movies, wrestling with his daddy, climbing, jumping, cuddles and kisses from his teachers at school, and anything that involves being outside! He has a little brother, who smothers him with love any chance he gets. He

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Holden was a healthy, happy addition to the family. All of his development goals were met or exceeded until he was about 18-22 months old. We then noticed a sudden loss of eye contact, loss of interest in the people around him which was alarming considering how happy, giggling and interactive he was growing up

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Nolan has intractable epilepsy and currently his seizures have been controlled with the Ketogenic diet for over 600+ days. Nolan’s development was typical till his seizures began in February 2014. He was having seizure every morning and sometimes multiple throughout the morning. Nolan failed over 7 medications and the doctors pretty much gave us no

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Lily was born premature at 30 weeks. She spent 3 ½ months in the NICU. Lily had her first surgery just over a month after she was born to repair duodenal atresia. Before this surgery she was living off of IV fluids. Giving her the first bottle many days after the surgery was beyond exciting!

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Jackson is our sweet 8 year old son whom you will always find happy & smiling! He endures more than most and rarely complains. Shorthly after Jackson was born he began having seizures and we have struggled to control them since. In addition to epilepsy Jackson is diagnosed with cerebral palsy, dystonia, cortical visual impairment

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Beautiful Erika was born with pneumonia and multiple health concerns, and battled to restore her health at birth. Erica did make a full recovery, after 5 weeks in the NICU and 6 more months of in-home therapies, and she began not just meeting developmental milestones, but beating them! She could identify numbers at age 15

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Ashley had a prenatal diagnosis of Down Syndrome and specialist appts were scheduled soon after birth. Heart issues, thyroid issues, strabismus issues were just a few of the health issues that were and continue to be addressed. Delays due to low muscle tone and developmental delays created barriers to her being able to effectively communicate

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Myelin has an award winning smile, awesome laughter and loves to be hugged for he has diagnosed with autism. To Myelin to become more functional and able to communicate, he would require many hours and years of extensive one on one therapy with speech, eating, occupational therapy, music therapy, behavior therapy etc. My family as

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The Story of Salem Abuzaid a sweet, loving 7 year old boy! When Salem was 18 months of age, our world came crashing down; when our healthy, handsome young boy stopped talking, couldn’t auditory process any language, had an ataxic gate and was flipping toys over. He was hospitalized for a week due to high

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Marley is a 7 years old sweet girl who is diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, Autism and Cortical visula Impairment. Marley started 1st grade this year and loves being with her peers and going to school. Marley nearly lost her life shortly after birth; however, the healthcare team was able to resuscitate her and save her

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Mason is our 5-year-old “SWAN” – he has a syndrome without a name. He was born with multiple congenital anomalies – birth defects in almost every system of his body. Extensive genetic testing has yet to reveal a definitive answer as to why he is unable to crawl, stand, talk, walk or do much for

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This Is Sawyer. Sawyer was born on July 7th 2013. Her delivery was very rough. After a partial abruption and cord compression, she was born via c-section. She was born without life or breath. CPR was performed for approximately 40 min. The doctors eventually had to drill a hole in her thigh bone and insert

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Katy is 5 years old and has Down Syndrome but Down Syndrome does not in any way define who Katy is ! Katy can do anything any other 5 year old can do (other than talk)! The love of Katy’s life is her brother, who is exactly one year older than she is and is

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Maxwell (Max) is a wonderful and fun loving 6 years old who has Cerebral Palsy. In Max’s short span of life he has learned to conquer many things that we take for granted such as chewing food, sitting up on his own, walking, and even putting a puzzle piece into a simple puzzle. Due to

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Saed has a sensory processing difficulties. Classroom team developed a “Sensory Diet” consisting of movement and deep pressure activities as well as the use of the sensory supports such as pressure vest. This “Sensory Diet” seemed to help calm Saed and also help him attend to his teacher. Saed also has difficulty sleeping at nights,

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My husband and I waited over two years to adopt a baby. Maria was born on November 2, 2010. We were at the hospital when she was born and were able to hold her, even before her first bath. We couldn’t believe how blessed we were. The second we saw her we knew she was

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Addison was diagnosed with Charge Syndrome. She is 10 years old and loves life more than anything. She loves music, school, sports, playing with her friends, and being outside! She is also a fashion diva! She loves her clothes and loves to look pretty! Her mother and father always states “She is our little miracle

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Aiden is a remarkable young man. He is eleven and has been through much in his young life. Aiden was born early (32 weeks). He is legally blind. Aiden has had surgery on both eyes. One eye he had surgery to connect his retina, and the other eye he had a cataract removed. He alsoMore

Liam has Down Syndrome and developmental delays associated with language/speech delays. Liam Jack has spent many hours over the last three years working hard with his speech, physical, and occupational therapists through First Steps. We are constantly amazed by the strides he makes and what he can do. Liam loves to be read to and

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Jacob was diagnosed at age 4 with Moderate Autism, ADHD, Moderate-Severe Expressive Language Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder and excessive Anxiety in Alabama. He didn’t speak in words but babbled. At the time of his diagnosis Mother and Father were separated. It was difficult to get a diagnosis because his medical coverage would not pay for

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Delano is full of life and enjoys spreading his love with friend and family. He is the middle of three children and takes pride of being the big brother to Demaun (his younger brother with Prader Willie Syndrome). Delano has obstructive sleep apnea and is in need of an adjustable bed to sleep comfortably through

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Mikayla was diagnosed with Epilepsy, a brain disorder, and development delay around the age of 2 months old. Since then , we have been traying to treat her seizures, which have not been under control. Mikayla is currently still having seizures and takes several medications to try to prevent them. She is very fragile in

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Our son, Ethan, was diagnosed with autism at age 2 ½. He has dealt with severe insomnia and outbursts of anger and frustration most of his life. At 6 months old we noticed he had involuntary arm movements. Later these were diagnosed as stereotypic arm movements. We also noticed that his speech development did not

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