Jacqueline DeMarco via Crowdrise
January 17, 2012
BENEFITING: THE BELL CENTER FOR EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAMS
EVENT DATE: Feb 12, 2012
My cousin, Christopher Bruno, was born premature at 32 weeks gestation, weighing 3 pounds, 2 ounces and was 14 inches in length. His premature delivery was deemed a blessing from God by his parents because it saved his life. It was discovered, after a difficult delivery, that Christopher had stopped growing due to a knot in his umbilical cord, rendering him unable to receive the food and nutrients he needed for survival.
Since birth, Christopher has been diagnosed 'failure to thrive', unable to gain and grow at a typical rate.He has also had a difficult time with feeding - one of the preemie issues he continues to have involves texture sensitivities with food. In the fall of 2011, Christopher became a peer model at the Bell Center. After a few weeks in the program, the teachers wanted him to be enrolled as a student, so that they could help him overcome some of the issue with which he continues to struggle. He will graduate this spring, right after his 3rd birthday!
Programs at The Bell Center are designed to promote growth in gross and fine motor skills, as well as language, cognition, self-help, and play skills. Each child is evaluated annually, and goals are tailored specifically to the child’s needs. The Bell Center employs a staff of highly qualified professionals including physical and occupational therapists, speech/language pathologists, and early childhood special education teachers who work directly with infants and toddlers in many programs while directing the efforts of volunteers who work with toddlers in other programs.
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