“Gabriel loves crawling all over the place,” said his mother Erin. Although this means he gets into things, Erin is proud that he can crawl. Gabriel receives Infant/Toddler Services with Bright Beginnings Occupational Therapist, Kara Knight.
“Before Kara started coming to see him, he was a sack of potatoes. He wouldn’t do anything,” Erin said. Gabriel has Brown's syndrome and Marcus Gunn in right eye. Now he is crawling, pulling himself into a standing position, and even walking with the help of a wall or his walker. During their sessions, Kara also works with Gabriel on his speech. Gabriel’s four older sisters ranging from 3 to 10 years old enjoy being part of his therapy.
“Gabriel is quiet compared to his sisters,” Erin said. “He is finally starting to talk. The other night at dinner he looked at me and quietly said ‘good cook mom.’”
Although Gabriel struggles with his balance due to problems with vision, Erin and Kara are confident he will begin walking soon. “He is getting closer and closer all the time,” Erin said. “Once he gets his balance figured out, I’ll be in trouble.”
Kara gives the family things to work on outside of therapy and makes herself available for questions. “I can always call her,” Erin said. “Rainbows is a wonderful resource. Kara is very accommodating and works around my schedule, she is friendly and always helpful.”