Rally for Ruthie!!!

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UPDATE April 8, 2014: The therapists that work with our kids at Alenah’s Home recommend that she focus on her core strength and coordination before moving to therapy that emphasizes walking. So most of her therapy involves crawling (controlling her leg movements, not letting her legs sprawl all over the place), sitting up straight- especially when drinking or eating (not lowering her head to the food but bringing the food/cup to her mouth). Before she started school, they did quite a bit of work with her to help her start understanding how to stand to her feet without completely relying on her upper body. She’s definitely getting there. Last Friday the head teacher at her school said that Ruthie is doing a great job. Even though she’s the newest kid at school, she’s doing well. The teacher said she’s a very eager learner and is enthusiastic about everything. She said that they’ve found her mental capabilities to be more advanced than her physical capabilities. And they feel that her mental ability is about the same as other kids her age. They said she asks questions, and she asks right away, and many questions. Also, she makes jokes, and appropriately, which is not usually common for children with CP. She can have normal conversations with adults and comprehends and can follow adult conversations. She attends school 4 1/2 days per week- Fridays are half days. In the middle of the day when the little kids are sleeping, the older kids (including Ruthie) do supplementary activities like crafts, coloring/painting, or read books with the teachers. The school is a Montessori kindergarten. All the kids who go there are special needs orphans. The school is excellent, the staff is great. Could you be Ruthie’s mom? Call Mary House 847 323 6762 to learn more about this spirited little girl.

UPDATE April 8, 2014: The therapists that work with our kids at Alenah’s Home recommend that she focus on her core strength and coordination before moving to therapy that emphasizes walking. So most of her therapy involves crawling (controlling her leg movements, not letting her legs sprawl all over the place), sitting up straight- especially when drinking or eating (not lowering her head to the food but bringing the food/cup to her mouth). Before she started school, they did quite a bit of work with her to help her start understanding how to stand to her feet without completely relying on her upper body. She’s definitely getting there. Last Friday the head teacher at her school said that Ruthie is doing a great job. Even though she’s the newest kid at school, she’s doing well. The teacher said she’s a very eager learner and is enthusiastic about everything. She said that they’ve found her mental capabilities to be more advanced than her physical capabilities. And they feel that her mental ability is about the same as other kids her age. They said she asks questions, and she asks right away, and many questions. Also, she makes jokes, and appropriately, which is not usually common for children with CP. She can have normal conversations with adults and comprehends and can follow adult conversations. She attends school 4 1/2 days per week- Fridays are half days. In the middle of the day when the little kids are sleeping, the older kids (including Ruthie) do supplementary activities like crafts, coloring/painting, or read books with the teachers. The school is a Montessori kindergarten. All the kids who go there are special needs orphans. The school is excellent, the staff is great.

Could you be Ruthie’s mom? Call Mary House 847 323 6762 to learn more about this spirited little girl.

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