Mason, Age 16
Spastic diplegia cerrebral Palsy
Mason completed a 5-day intensive at Step by Step. He received 3 hours of physical therapy per day focusing on Alignment, Awareness, Recruitment and Strength. The goal for the intensive was to create a "train like an athlete" program that he could continue to work on at home.
The very first thing that was done was to align Mason's trunk using a compression shirt from Alignmed. The shirt brought his muscles into alignment so he could begin to activate them to hold a much better posture. Once his trunk was aligned, we could begin to teach him movement control and balance.
TESTIMONIAL FROM HIS MOTHER:
My son, who is almost 16 years old has been doing intense therapy sessions since he was 3.
Step by Step Intensives provided a different type of intense therapy, which we were not familiar with.
Dr. Pape and Pia have a different thought process: Alignment, Awareness, Recruitment and Strength. These 4 factors bring EVERYTHING together to get the function that my son, and YOUR child are capable of!
Mason's posture improved, he was able to rely on his legs vs. his canes to walk, he disclosed "I have control over my body" on day 2 and we were all able to see how certain strengthening exercises help with certain functions and why. The therapists were able to get him to understand that what he does and doesn't do will impact his life. He became more responsible, and willing as he saw results and saw the potential to accomplish more with harder work. We saw results on the first day and by the end of the week we are absolutely thrilled and ready to go home and take the "train like an athlete" program on! Exhilarating!
Cannot thank Pia, Michelle and Amy enough! They are Angles on Earth.
Adding Alignmed shirt
5 days later at the completion of the Intensive
Mason went home and continued his training with a personal trainer as recommended during his intensives.
1 year later
He had realized what was possible and a year later his is fit, happy and he has made incredible changes in his mobility.
"We are extremely proud of Mason but more proud and blessed to have come across the 2 of you! :)
You will be happy to know that Mason got this "dream job". He is now an employee of Madison Tree and Landscaping and is cutting grass for them, using a bob cat for loading, and other things. He started this week :) He cut 3 acres yesterday and said it was the "best day of his life"!
2 years later, Mason's mother: