Spread the Love- Special Needs child seen by THERAPY 2000 heartwarming story goes viral

Charity, mom of three, didn’t think much of it when she first penned this Facebook post thanking a stranger. It was the next morning she saw how much her story had touched others. Overnight her post had over 160,000 shares.

Dear stranger next to us at the rodeo,
When my son came up to you and grabbed your arm, you didn’t know he used to be terrified of people. When he talked to you about the bulls, you didn’t know he was diagnosed with a language disorder. When he jumped in your lap and laughed as you tickled him, you didn’t know he had a sensory processing disorder. You also didn’t know as his mother, I sat in my seat, with tears running down my face, sneaking this photo. When we adopted him a few short months ago, we didn’t know how long it would take for him to laugh, play and engage others like this. You didn’t know any of this, but you took time to connect with a child who has had to fight to learn to connect. My heart is full. Thank you.

Here is Charity’s original Facebook post (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10206396830016320&set=a.2015271378165.2118332.1135239260&type=1)

In the wake of recent tragedies and negative news stories, this story hit a soft spot for many. Lincoln’s (a sweet two-year-old) adoption was just completed by the Robinson’s in February. The family also have two biological children Tripp (age 3) and Abby Grace (age 12). They began Lincoln’s adoption process last August. The family knew Linc had some developmental delays from the beginning. He was diagnosed with expressive language disorder and sensory processing disorder. He started receiving speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy in his home from THERAPY 2000 in September. When Lincoln began therapy, loud sounds scared him. Pulling a shirt over his head agitated him and tickling him might send him into meltdown mode. Therapy has helped him overcome these issues. His parents worked hard reinforcing everything Lincoln was learning in therapy throughout the other times he wasn’t in therapy. Their devotion paid off, Lincoln has made huge strides. He graduated from speech and physical therapy in March and occupational therapy this June.

That’s why that night at the rodeo touched Charity. The fact that Lincoln was communicating and playing with a stranger, Mr. Taylor, at a loud venue was proof of how far he had come. That stranger has now become a friend as the Robinson’s learned he was a pastor at Bar None Cowboy Church in Tatum, Texas. The story was shared over a million times and landed the preacher and the Robinson family on Fox and Friends (http://video.foxnews.com/v/4309580436001/mom-posts-viral-photo-of-stranger-playing-with-son/?playlist_id=930909787001#sp=show-clips) and People.com (http://www.people.com/article/pastor-special-needs-boy-form-special-bond).

Charity thinks the story went viral because people could relate to the same struggles and successes the family shared. Charity shared, “Raising little ones is hard. Raising a kid with special needs is hard. Sometimes you can feel alone.” This story touched many people who could relate. Not only is Lincoln special needs, he is also bi-racial and adopted. It is estimated that one in six kids have a developmental disability in the US. Many people who were inspired by the story have reached out to Charity through Facebook. Families with children with developmental delays, adoptive families and families that now want to adopt are just a few of the segments touched by the story. The story hit home for many different people happy for Lincoln success. The humble Pastor Taylor shared another take on Fox and friends, “Lincoln doesn’t focus on the differences we have – if we focus on differences, it always divides. Lincoln just found the common bond, and that common bond is the love of Jesus.” Charity feels it all comes down embracing diversity. She shared, “No matter our differences at the end of the day we all want to be loved by one another. “ Sweet Lincoln is loved by his family, a new friend in Pastor Taylor and countless new friends across social media.

THERAPY 2000 is a leading pediatric home care  agency serving Texas. We provide physical, occupational and speech therapy to children in the North Texas, Amarillo, East Texas, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin areas of Texas. We are active and proud members of the Texas Association of Home Care and Hospice.  http://www.tahch.org/

Click here to refer a child https://www.t2000.com/refer-a-child/ or call us at 877.688.2520.

THERAPY 2000 opens in Amarillo with an official ribbon cutting

pediatric therapy AmarilloTHERAPY 2000 will host an official ribbon cutting with the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce this September 30th at 3 PM at their 8th floor, Suite 805 Chase[CS1]  Tower office in downtown Amarillo. The ribbon cutting is to celebrate the company’s first panhandle location. Following the ribbon cutting, THERAPY 2000 will host an open house from 3:30 – 5:30 for area referral sources and peer providers in the community.

THERAPY 2000 offers pediatric speech, occupational and physical therapy in the comfort of a patient’s home. The state-wide pediatric therapy company offers its services to over 2, 000 children in North Texas, Central Texas, Houston, and East Texas and now the Amarillo area.

THERAPY 2000 therapists are seeing patients in the cities of Amarillo, Canyon, Pampa and Panhandle. Crisann Skinner, Dumas native and THERAPY 2000 Division Director shared, “With the growing population of Amarillo and the surrounding areas we saw a need for our services. It can be a far drive for parents of patient’s receiving therapy to make each week in rural areas. Many kids in need of therapy see multiple therapists in multiple locations. We do the commute for you and see the kids in the comfort of their home. Children with special needs often benefit from services within the home in their natural environment because they can often receive the best care in a family-centered approach. That is why in –home pediatric care fills such a niche for parents.”

THERAPY 2000 is on the lookout for more therapists to see a growing lists of patients. Therapists provide compassionate, evidence-based care supported by a rigorous education program. T2000 offers some of the best CEU opportunities available for pediatric occupational, physical and speech therapists in Texas. The company, known for its learning opportunities has already hosted two CEU events for Amarillo therapists this summer including, Updates in Autism: Creating Comprehensive Programming Based on Current Evidence and the Assessment and Treatment of the High Risk Infant: Thrive to Survive. Visit https://www.t2000.com/top-navigation/ceu-calendar/ to learn more about THERAPY 2000’s local and state wide CEU events.

The company is already supporting the community of which it serves and this summer it sponsored to Soap box derby cars in The Super Kids Classic Soap Box Derby race for physically and mentally challenged children.

THERAPY 2000 Provides occupational, physical and speech therapy to children across Texas in the comfort of their home or daycare. Visit T2000.com to learn more please call 877-688-2520 for referrals or questions.  Media inquiries reach out to vicki.moore@t2000.com 806.463.0067

Meet New Director of Human Resources, Lisa Manderson

Lisa has served as an HR professional for over the past 10 years.  She has extensive experience in benefits, compensation planning, employee engagement, and employee relations.  Lisa has worked in notable healthcare organizations such as Mercer, Milliman, Kaiser Permanente, and most recently, JPS Health Network. Lisa was born and raised in California and relocated with her family to the DFW area a number of years ago. She is excited to join the THERAPY 2000 team and has had a great time learning about the agency over the past two weeks. This week she will be shadowing therapists in the DFW area and learning about the services we provide on a daily basis. Welcome Lisa!

Congrats Erin Bellue on her election to VP Educational and Scientific Affairs of TSHA

Congratulations Erin Bellue, THERAPY 2000 Dallas SLP and Team Manager, on her election as VP of  Educational and Scientific Affairs.  At the annual Texas Speech Language Hearing Association (TSHA) business meeting, Erin was elected VP of  Educational and Scientific Affairs. This important role  oversees all of the TSHA Annual Convention Committees. Erin will begin her “elect” year in July 2014 and will officially become VP in July 2015 with a term lasting through July 2017. Erin has previously served in the following  roles: Program Committee Co-Chair, Exhibits Co-Chair, Job Placement Co-Chair, Program Committee Posters Strand Chair, Local Arrangements Committee Member and Task Force Member. We know first-hand the dedication and passion Erin brings to everything she is involved with, so we know she will do a great job. Congrats Erin!

THERAPY 2000 Executive Director Ira Kirkley and family were chosen to represent foster families at plan unveiling of the Rees-Jones Center for Foster Care Excellence at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas.

THERAPY 2000 Executive Director Ira Kirkley and his family were chosen to represent foster families in North Texas at the unveiling of plans to open the Rees-Jones Center for Foster Care Excellence at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas.  Did you know that in Texas one child is placed in foster care every 30 minutes? Now thanks to a $18.9 million dollar donation from the Rees-Jones Foundation, Children’s Medical Center of Dallas will be home to the first health care program specifically designed for foster children in the State of Texas.

Many kids enter foster care with a variety of physical and emotional needs that must immediately be met.  Dr. Anu Partap, Director of the Rees-Jones Center for Foster Care Excellence and Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at UT Southwestern, shared that children in foster care often have three times as many special needs and mental health issues as children who are not in the foster care system. She says early diagnosis and treatment could save the children from problems in the years ahead.

Ira Kirkley, Executive Director of Strategic Development at THERAPY 2000 and adoptive father of Alex is well aware, thanks to his home and work life, of the importance of early intervention on a foster child’s future.  The Kirkleys adopted Alex and her two siblings through the foster care system.  Alex was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at one year old. Many foster and adopted children who come from a background of neglect or abuse benefit from therapy.  The Company he is a part of, THERAPY 2000 offers in –home pediatric speech, occupational and physical therapy across the state of Texas.  Additionally, he and his wife serve on the leadership team of Tapestry Ministries, a leading regional adoptive and foster care ministry.

Many children who are part of the Texas foster care system will benefit from the new Rees-Jones Center for Foster Care Excellence at Children’s. Children’s Medical Center is on track to open two additional foster care facilities in North Texas, and they have plans to open even more at a later date. “We’re putting in place programs and services that will help our kids recover and heal, change how they think about their futures, get them back on track because they have lost their childhoods along the way,” said Dr. Partap.

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