Year End Appeal: Meet Angelica!
|We would like to introduce you to two-year-old Physical Therapy client Angelica Conway.|
Angelica has three major diagnoses: Prader-Willi Syndrome [PWS], autism, and scoliosis, but “these diagnoses do not define her…they are a part of her life and will help define her character in overcoming obstacles to living an independent life…”, her mother, Gennelle Conway, is quick to point out.
Children with Prader-Willi Syndrome, a rare genetic neurobehavioral disorder, experience low muscle tone, short stature, and cognitive deficits, among other symptoms (www.pwsausa.org). Physical therapy utilizing equine movement is a powerful tool for Angelica to pursue her goals. Just five minutes on a walking horse can provide 500 neuro motor inputs to the patient, providing gains in strength and balance by replicating human gait.
Angelica started physical therapy at Cloverleaf Equine Center this past January with therapist Sydney Sawyer. Her primary goals were to build core strength and to walk independently. And now look at her go!