9While playing on the Heartspring Treehouse, it’s hard to keep up with 6-year-old Curran and 5-year-old Kelyn. Their glittering personalities and boundless energy will keep you smiling and exhaust you all at the same time. As they both expertly climb the treehouse’s rope ladder and effortlessly slide down the fire pole, it’s nearly impossible to think that any obstacles have slowed them down before. Yet, both boys and their family have indeed overcome many hurdles throughout their young lives. Curran and Kelyn were perfectly healthy babies at birth. For Curran, the red flags came early when he began struggling with chewing; when he was 15 months old, he began choking on solid foods. And at the time, he could only say two words —”mama” and “moo” —another red flag. Things became progressively worse as he started having severe temper tantrums.“We had no idea what to do or what he was trying to show us,” Becca, the boys’ mother, said.Becca soon realized that his tantrums were directly related to his inability to communicate his needs. Curran began occupational therapy at Rainbows United and eventually, was referred to Heartspring when he turned three years old. Within a month of being at Heartspring, Curran was diagnosed with moderate-to-severe apraxia, a motor speech disorder characterized by difficulties with accurately and consistently producing speech.“It was so hard going out in public and having people look at your child as he’s throwing a fit,” Becca said. “They have no idea he can’t tell us what he wants!”DAILY VICTORIES.“WITH A SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD, YOU GET TO CELEBRATE SOMETHING ALMOST ON A DAILY BASIS!” BECCA CURRAN & KELYN’S MOM<<VICTORIES, continued on page 15 (Clockwise) Curran and Kelyn explore the new Heartspring Treehouse; Curran walks on the treadmill during physical therapy; Curran and Kelyn play on the chimes in the new therapeutic play area; Kelyn works on an exercise with Speech Language Pathologist Molly Murphy.
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