A multi-therapy approach that works

When his mother, Estela, first brought Nicholas to Matheny, he could not stand up, and his body was floppy. Nicholas has Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy. Since then, physical therapists have been working with him on standing and stepping, sitting, posture and trunk strengthening.

Occupational therapy concentrates on trying to get him to reach and explore his environment with his hands. Speech-language pathologists work with him to use switches in order to communicate on a basic level. And Matheny’s seating and mobility clinic designed a chair that is a hybrid between a stroller and a wheelchair.

Today, says Estela, “His legs are stronger. He’s very alert. He’s saying some words. He’s eating well.” And it’s all due to his therapists: “I love the way they treat him.”

Nicholas is one of nine “Special Stories” we’ve highlighted in our new brochure, which you can download here.

Therapists who don’t give up

At birth, Jenna seemed fine. But when she was one year old, an MRI revealed some brain malformations, and at about 18 months, an EEG uncovered Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy.

The therapists at Matheny, says her mother, Lauren, “are doing a great job with her.  They have worked really hard to find just the right setup to support her. The therapists at Matheny are very devoted. They’re very creative. And they don’t give up.”

Jenna is one of nine special stories in our new brochure which you can download here.