If you have followed along our journey, the whole reason I write about clean living is because of the transformation I’ve seen in our daughter Jaxlee. (More about her story here!). Because the special needs community, especially all my other special needs mama’s, have made such a huge impact on me, I wanted to share more details about our experience with LEAP Pediatric Physical Therapy.
This is our second “intensive” program here at LEAP. The intensive program is a 3-week long session where we take Jax every single day Monday-Friday for 3 weeks.
Each day she completes two hours of Physical Therapy: one of those hours is CME Therapy and one hour of Speech. For more about the theory behind their approach, click here. The benefit and draw of the intensive therapy format is the projected progress and gains from the (relatively) short amount of time commitment. Studies have shown the expected outcome of a 3 week intensive is equivalent to the expected outcome of 1 hour 1x a week session for an entire year.
You know the Enneagram 3 in me loves the maximization of time but also the accelerated progress. For that alone, I am all in!!
Speaking of my Enneagram 3ness, here are the goals we have for Jaxlee in this specific intensive:
Sentence formation on her AAC device. Streaming multiple words together to communicate wants and needs. For example, right now Jax has mastered “water” on her device. We are now working on expanding and asking her to say “I want water” or “I’m thirsty”
Increased independent walking and control of her body. Balance, coordination, stamina. Forward walking with successful change in direction. Ideally she will graduate to walking with canes in the near future.
Those are our specific goals, but I wanted to zoom out and share a bit more about the program itself.
For those of you who are reading this and wondering if LEAP is the right choice for your child, here’s what I would want to know if I was in your shoes:
Let me tell you, we have seen incredible gains happen in Jaxlee! Watch this video to catch a glimpse of her first day with LEAP this winter, and her first day this summer.
Our therapist recommends 2-4 (max) intensives a year, so when another opportunity opened up in August, we were all in!
To say we are incredibly grateful to have this amazing opportunity and resource for Jax so close to where we live is just another testament to God’s provision in our lives.