2015 Family Advocacy Day Hero -- Alyssa
Born a healthy baby, Alyssa was reaching most of her developmental milestones until, at 20 months, her lack of speech development and low muscle tone prompted a visit to Children’s Specialized Hospital for an evaluation. Thanks to that visit, Alyssa began receiving physical and speech therapy for muscle strengthening and to address her language delay and apraxia, a motor disorder caused by damage to the brain.
To help with the frustration of not being able to communicate, Alyssa was taught sign language. She has been seen and followed by specialists for attention deficit disorder and auditory processing disorder. The therapists and her physician encouraged Alyssa, gave her the tools she needed to become independent and boosted her self-esteem and confidence.
Now 11 years old, Alyssa has gone from being a very shy, introverted toddler to an outgoing, energetic pre-teen who loves to ride horses and takes art classes.