It was 2004. I remember that year vividly and not just because of the Hurricanes. I remember 2004 because it was the year my husband and I got the exciting news that our 1 year old son, our son who had taken us 8 years of struggles to have, was going to be a big brother…to twins! We were on cloud 9.
I reached out to organizations I heard were good for families with children with a disability but was turned away because as middle class citizens, our income was too high to qualify for services. It was when Andrew was 2 months old, that I got a phone call from The Howard Phillips Center’s Developmental Center for Infants & Children. The hospital had referred our family and because of the Spina Bifida diagnosis, we qualified for services. Their expert team taught us how to hold him to help his hip sockets, they showed us stretches to help his little body, and they incorporated the siblings into their sessions and used them as motivators for Andrew. Early Steps was a blessing to our family.
In elementary school, Andrew shared a classroom, a spot on the cheerleading squad and a part in show choir with his twin sister. Andrew also plays basketball and baseball with the help of a wheelchair. Our family will forever be grateful to The Howard Phillips Center’s Developmental Center for Infants & Children for pointing our compass in the right direction for success.