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Meet Cody

Holly RidgePhysicians told us that the most important thing to focus on was just trying to make our 1-year old foster son Cody as comfortable as possible because the results of his injuries were severely and dishearteningly permanent. Due to a non-accidental head trauma Cody suffered at only 6-weeks old, he experienced zero brain growth for more than 12 months, was diagnosed with Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy, completely lost his suck-swallow reflex, had to be fed through a feeding tube, and was expected to never be ambulatory. Thus, the pessimistic prognoses for any notable, long lasting developmental growth. However, we were committed to helping Cody reach his greatest potential, so we began services at Holly Ridge Center.

The professional staff at Holly Ridge Center encouraged Cody to participate in various group programs and activities with children his own age. He also experienced individual therapies provided by occupational and physical therapists and speech language pathologists. Cody was supported and guided by a loving and highly qualified staff that results in Cody beginning to verbalize appropriately and sitting up on his own by 3-years old. My favorite story is the moment that Cody sat up on his own. He was lying on the floor in our living room, and, all of the sudden, he twisted to one side and pushed himself up into a sitting position. Before starting at HRC, many professionals told us that the probability of this ever happening was highly unlikely. HRC not only showed us that Cody didn't have to be tethered by preconceived boundaries, but HRC gave Cody the tools to learn, succeed and enjoy life.

HRC was an amazing experience for our entire family, as well. Cody's therapists, teachers and the entire agency believe in the importance of relationship focused early intervention services for both families and children. Cody's siblings were always encouraged to participate in his classroom activities, as well as his therapy and pool sessions. HRC helped us to better understand our role and allowed us to accomplish our goal of giving Cody the opportunity to reach his greatest potential. To have someone know what we needed before we even knew that we needed it, paired with successfully proven services and programs, made an extraordinary difference in our family's life.

We adopted Cody in 2011, and I'm happy to report that he is doing wonderfully and continues to succeed every day!  
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