When parents bring babies into the world, there is one common prayer or wish — for the children to be healthy. Having access to the right resources to help when life throws curve balls every now and then is crucial.
Cody and Dayna Davis learned this lesson firsthand when their two sons each experienced unique health challenges. Nine-year-old Cole was exhibiting developmental delays, while Coen, 4, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. In both cases, the Davis family found compassionate, effective solutions at CHRISTUS Cabrini Pediatric Therapy Center (PTC).
PTC offers occupational, physical and speech therapies to address each child’s individual needs. Taking a family-centered approach to care, the staff of therapists performs one-on-one evaluations and offers tailored treatment plans to encourage timely development of behavioral and physical health in children and teenagers and enhance quality of life for families.
“Our pediatrician first referred us to PTC for Cole, who was diagnosed with problems on the autism spectrum,” Dayna says. “His diagnosis required a behavioral approach to treatment to help him appropriately deal with the anxieties we all encounter in daily life, and the CHRISTUS Cabrini team was well-equipped to help him manage his condition successfully.”
Therapists at PTC in collaboration with the Davis family treat Cole’s condition through Applied Behavior Analysis, an approach focused on enhancing learning and behavior through the use of principles such as positive reinforcement. They also conduct regular occupational therapy sessions to address Cole’s aversion to food textures, for example.
“We fell in love with the staff immediately,” Dayna says. “Not only do they provide strong clinical guidance, they also offer tremendous emotional support. That relationship has grown as we have worked to improve quality of life for Coen, as well.”
Living with cerebral palsy, a disorder that impacts muscle tone and interferes with the motor skills and movement, Coen receives regular occupational and physical therapy at the center. “CHRISTUS Cabrini is a place to get help and guidance to meet your child’s needs,” Dayna says. “The therapists are well-versed in a variety of conditions. Don’t be afraid to speak with someone if you feel like your child or teen is struggling.”