Scotty was diagnosed with lissencephally (or smooth brain) at 8 weeks old. He had a team comprising a speech therapist, physical therapist, dietician, counselor and service coordinator. Every month the team helped monitor Scotty’s development and provided the family with exercises to practice. Scotty’s physical and mental disabilities are significant.
“Our ECI team became our cheerleaders,” said Jeff, Scotty’s dad. “They came into our home and taught us important skills to help Scotty eat and exercise as well as helped us find ways to improve his quality of life.”
One of the greatest successes was after 6 months of working on feeding by mouth and baby sign language, Scotty learned to sign for more food.
“We proved the doctors wrong with that one,” Jeff said. “It was an incredible milestone.”
Scotty successfully transitioned to Kooken Education Center in Arlington.
“We could not picture what school would be like for Scotty,” Jeff explained. “But our ECI team came with us to meetings and encouraged us that Scotty would benefit not only from therapy at school but also from socialization and new experience. We cannot thank ECI enough for providing us with three years of support and encouraging us to let Scotty have new experiences at school. We are so thankful.”