Up, Up, and Away!

An MCRC super hero story

Grant just had his 5th birthday a few months ago and his imagination is jam packed with extraordinary ideas. On a regular basis he can be caught overcoming evil super villains alongside his superhero action figures. As he makes them struggle against each other in epic battles, you might be able to hear him narrating classic comic book dialogue between good and evil and think that he’s just another typical 5-year-old boy.

He knew what he wanted… he couldn’t tell us

“Grant loves to watch movies, like really watch them, swims,
plays outside and videogames. He basically does what all 5-year-old boys do,” Mom says. “That’s why it was so hard… not knowing whether he was hungry or needed to go potty was hard for us. He knew what he wanted and what we wanted from him, but it was super frustrating for Grant because he couldn’t tell us what he wanted.”

The 5-year-old has been receiving therapy services at MCRC for about a year and a half. In the beginning, Grant was basically non-verbal. It wasn’t until McKayla Morton, his speech therapist at the time, helped discover that Grant has Velopharyngeal insufficiency (VPI) which, thanks to her, was later diagnosed. He had surgery which enabled him to produce sounds with greater accuracy. Without MCRC, Grant’s family may have never known the cause of his speech incapability. There’s still a lot of work to get Grant’s communication where it needs to be; but that’s Caetyn’s cue to put on her superhero cape and swoop in with some speech therapy.

He works hard and makes leaps and bounds!

Our newest speech therapist, Caetyn Jones M.S., C.C.C., S.L.P. works with Grant 2 to 3 times per week. “Since the surgery, we can focus on Grant making those connections way better than we could before.,” Caetyn remarks. “The thing I love most about Grant is that you can tell he craves conversation. His love for superheroes is amazing! Marvel will be calling on him to write the next Avengers movie. He’s working hard and making leaps and bounds! When he’s grown up, you’ll never have guessed that he ever had to come to MCRC for speech therapy.”

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