- South, Southwest
How long with FECTS:
- 20 Years
- B.S., Occupational Therapy; A.A. Applied Science
- Fort Myers, FL
- Family time, camping, travel, cruising, meditation
- “Life is what you make it.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
- The Mummy
Most Memorable Patient:
- Maggie was a 2 1/2-year-old with Autism. She had many sensory issues that affected her social and daily living skills. She had limited language, limited eye contact, did not like to be touched, was fearful of noises, unsure of new people, tantrumed and was unable to be comforted. Her mother had difficulty bonding with her. She could not change her diaper, brush her hair or teeth or eat without tantrums. Through weekly sensory activities, parent education, and adjustments of home program activities, Maggie eventually tolerated sensory information and began to lay down for diaper changes, began to interact and play with her peers at school, and her language improved greatly. She even enjoyed singing and dancing.
Mom was eventually able to not only wash Maggie's hair, but also place bows, barrettes, and ponytails in it. Maggie began to touch and play with various textures, which allowed her to finger paint, use Play-Doh, and use glue for crafts.
Tolerating textures also helped Maggie tolerate new foods on her plate and she began to taste them. The best and most memorable moment was the first time mom was able to hold, cuddle, rock, and love on her. This led to mom's ability to comfort and calm her child when upset. Those 3 years felt like a lifetime to Maggie's mom. A lifetime of longing to hold and bond her child had ended and new, exciting life had begun for Maggie and her mom.