Melody is a creative 22-month-old with a flair for style and art.
Elizabeth, Melody’s mom, says that her very independent daughter loves to dress herself in different patterns, adding, “It can’t be stripes and stripes. It must be stripes and polka dots.”
Melody, who was born with hydrocephalus, is walking, talking and becoming a budding artist after a year of receiving a personal program at Joya Child & Family Development.
Before arriving at Joya, Melody underwent surgery to relieve the effects of hydrocephalus. Doctors inserted a shunt to clear fluid within the deep cavities of her brain. Elizabeth, who is an early-childhood educator, worried that her child was at risk of falling behind. One of the moms at the childcare center where Elizabeth works recommended Joya.
When Melody arrived at Joya, she was struggling to move one side of her body and unable to lift anything with her right side. After receiving a full assessment, she began a program of physical, occupational and speech therapy that is specific to her unique developmental needs and geared toward maximizing her potential.
“As a parent, I really appreciate that when you are emotional and having a hard day, the therapists are sympathetic. They help me come up with ways to make things better,” Elizabeth says.
In addition to the emotional support and the developmental therapy, the Joya team found activities that the family can do at home to advance Melody’s skills.
As a result, Melody has made remarkable progress! She’s fully mobile now and can pass things back and forth using her right hand. Melody recently began a Joya toddler group, where she is honing her painting skills, making friends and getting ready for school.
“She is doing really well,” Elizabeth says.
Melody is developing diverse interests and loves to play with the family dogs. Elizabeth is impressed by her young daughter’s drive to accomplish things.
“I really appreciate everything Joya has done for Melody and for myself,” Elizabeth says.