Lila and Emma are 4-year-old twins whose personalities are as different as night and day. What they do have in common, aside from being adorable, is autism. In addition to autism, they each have unique needs and challenges. Lila, whose needs are more physical, began receiving services when she was about 3-months-old. Her therapists noticed that Emma, whose needs are more medical, might benefit from Early Intervention services for some feeding issues she was having. When it was time for the girls to transition to center-based services, a therapist recommended Easter Seals. Lila and Emma began attending the Early Intervention Center last year. Since they have started, Lila went from not talking, to stringing three words together very quickly. Emma is now starting to use some words. Both girls were given communication devices, that with such amazing progress, they have almost outgrown. Their cognitive skills are really growing and Lila and Emma are becoming quite social! When they aren’t busy wowing their parents, teachers and therapists with their progress, they are busying doing the things all 4-year-olds love. Together, they watch favorite shows, which include Bubble Guppies and Daniel Tiger and enjoying their favorite snack, Goldfish. Emma is big fan of technology. She loves to dance, especially in a twirly skirt. Emma may be Minnie Mouse’s biggest fan. Her wonderful sense of humor and love of laughter means you will often find her with a smile. Lila loves to read, Mickey Mouse is a favorite subject. She is a very affectionate little girl who loves to learn. Her quiet demeanor allows her to happily soak in the world around her. Emma and Lila are beautiful examples of how two girls can look similar, but be so uniquely beautiful.
Join Lila and Emma and all of the Honorary Ambassadors on June 4th at the zoo for our Walk With Me event!
Walk With Me is quickly approaching! This year, the event will be held on June 6th at the Philadelphia Zoo. It is an amazing day to raise funds and awareness for Easter Seals programs and services. The day also allows us to shine a spotlight on some of the amazing children who benefit from our services as well as their incredible families.
Over the next couple of weeks, we will introduce you to our Honorary Ambassadors.
Keishlyan, or “Keishy” as she is affectionately called by all of her teachers and therapists, is a very smart 4-year-old. Keishy has cerebral palsy and attends the Approved Private School in our Philadelphia Division. Her family moved here from Puerto Rico to ensure that she was receiving the best services possible. Since she began attending Easter Seals, she has been doing some amazing things. Keishy has begun using eye gaze software to increase her communication, she is learning to use a gait trainer, communicate with sign language and is using her left arm, which she hadn’t been doing at all. Keishy also happens to be bilingual. When she is not wowing everyone at school, she loves to go shopping and has quite an eye for fashion. She also loves to swim, listen to music and watch her favorite shows. She knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to let you know, whether it be a book, an outfit or her favorite…bubbles. Keishy is a brilliant girl with a smile to match!
Join Keishy and the other Honorary Ambassadors at Walk With Me! You can register here.
One of the reasons Walk With Me is such an amazing event is because it allows us to shine a spotlight on all the accomplishments of some of the children we serve. By shining a spotlight on these amazing children, we also in turn highlight all of the hard work and dedication of that child’s family, teachers, therapists and all of the other staff that work hard to maximize that child’s independence.
One of those amazing children is Jack! We are so proud of his accomplishments and we can’t wait to see him shine at the Walk!
Jack loves to laugh and the sound of his giggle is so sweet that it seems to touch your heart! He is a happy five-year-old who happens to have cortical visual impairment and cerebral palsy. Thanks to mom’s instinct, Jack was diagnosed early and began receiving services when he was four-months-old. When he started center-based services, his family chose Easter Seals, because they felt hopeful here. Since Jack has been attending Easter Seals, he started standing, taking steps in a gate trainer, drinking out of a cup and much more. When he isn’t busy impressing the staff at Easter Seals, you may likely find him listening to music! His dad is a musician who sings to him all the time. He also has a thing for Taylor Swift. Jack also has a sweet tooth and will take every opportunity to indulge it. He also loves to cuddle, especially with his grandma who he spends a lot of time with. When you think about it, it’s easy to see why Jack is such a happy little boy!