Elks Scholar Service Days

By |2016-12-10T08:44:13+00:00August 24th, 2016|Blog|

This November, we’re inviting Elks scholars to serve together nationwide in honor of National Family Volunteer Day on November 19! We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to serve with your Elks family November 18-20. Email if you want to get involved!

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Brothers Emilio and Marcos are CHEA’s Theme Children for 2016

By |2016-12-10T08:44:23+00:00July 27th, 2016|Blog|

Emilio and Marcos were born with a rare genetic disorder. So rare, that the name/label or DNA address of the disorder has not been identified to date. Both boys have hypotonia, low muscle tone. Emilio has apraxia of speech, he says just a few words, but understands what you say. He knows over 300 signs and uses about 30 in conversation. Emilio and Marcos are both globally delayed and have a great deal of hard work ahead of them.

Pictured at right are Gilbert and Allison Garcia with their sons Emilio and Marcos.

Gilbert and Allison Garcia with their sons Emilio and Marcos 2016
CHEA Theme Child Emilio Garcia 2016

Emilio is five years of age and started receiving therapy services because of an Elk who referred the family to the Major Project. The occupational therapy services received through the Major Project has helped Emilio develop fine motor skills, gross motor play and self-care skills. He has made good progress toward achieving his therapy goals. A few of his achievements have been to develop oral motor skills for eating and pre speech. He is now toilet trained. He can cut and write the letters of his name. He is climbing more and taking risks in his gross motor play indicating an improvement in his body awareness and balance. He attends a special kindergarten class and making good progress.

Marcos is three years of age and is beginning to walk. Marcos also receives occupational therapy to work on his sensory processing for learning and postural control for moving. Since occupational therapy was already serving Emilio within the home, services were quickly put in place for Marcos soon after he came home from the hospital. As a result, Marcos’ torticollis (neck is twisted at birth and head is inclined to one side) was resolved quickly. He did not have feeding challenges and has shown good oral motor progress very early in his development. Marcos has just started attending a special preschool program.

CHEA Theme Child Marcos Garcia 2016
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