Patient Spotlight: Brandon

Brandon is a precious 19-month-old boy with an adjusted age of about 12 months. Born at 23.5 weeks gestation, Brandon was in the NICU for 6 months after birth and required intubation. Upon his release, Brandon required round-the-clock oxygen via Nasal Cannula. He had a VP shunt placed in June 2017 and a g-tube placed in July 2017. While in the NICU, Brandon underwent two swallow studies with results of NPO (no food or liquid by mouth) due to aspiration and penetration on thin liquids and penetration on thickened liquids. Besides taste trials, this was his diet upon release from the NICU in August 2017. In September 2017, Brandon began intensive feeding/vital stim therapy with THERAPY 2000. In October 2017, four weeks after starting treatment, another swallow study was conducted, and Brandon aspirated on all consistencies. He remained NPO with taste trials only outside of therapy but was cleared for trials of half nectar up to 15 mLs during therapy. Brandon’s parents and therapist were disappointed that he was not cleared for full PO feeds because he loved and thoroughly enjoyed eating. Nonetheless, Brandon continued intensive vital stim therapy twice weekly for another six months, with a follow-up swallow study in March 2018. Following the study, Brandon was cleared for full PO feeds at home, with restrictions to include nectar thickener for liquids. Due to the outstanding progress he made toward his goals, Brandon’s therapy frequency was reduced to once per week with the final goal to eliminate the need for using thickening agents. In September 2018 – less than a year after starting treatment with THERAPY 2000 – Brandon has fully transitioned back to the community and no longer requires therapy. He is thriving, gaining weight, loves food, and his family is excited that he can eat everything by […]


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Therapist Spotlight and Patient Success Story

PATIENT SUCCESS STORY AND THERAPIST SPOTLIGHT Jan Coons is one of our exceptional OT’s here in the Houston Division. Jan graduated from the University of Indianapolis with an MS in Occupational Therapy in 1989. She decided to become an OT because she felt passionate about working with patients who had suffered trauma and initially worked in an inpatient rehab setting. After her children were born, Jan fell in love with pediatric therapy and we are so glad she did. Jan has had the great pleasure of working with Lately Colletti over the last year and Lately’s mom is thrilled with the therapy she is receiving. When she came to us 11 months ago, Lately had severe language and speech deficits and difficulty with fine motor activities such as dressing, cutting and simply playing. Since then, she has been working hard with both Jan and her speech therapist, Fernando. When speech therapy began working with Lately, she was delayed by 15 months in her language skills. Since then, Lately’s language has improved greatly and now she is functioning almost at a 3 year old level. Jan says she has also made great progress. In the picture, you can see Lately working on zipping up her jacket. She is also improving with cutting activities and enjoying playing with toys. Jan is such a great asset to our team, we are so happy to have her as a member of our family.


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THERAPY 2000 makes Pediatric Home Therapy Day at Capitol a Huge Success

THERAPY 2000 descended on the Texas capitol Wednesday, February 20th to rally for pediatric in-home healthcare.  Kicking off the 83rd Texas Legislative session, over 100 therapists and staff from different in-home pediatric therapy companies across Texas joined together to advocate for their industry. The goal was to ensure that children of Texas with developmental delays and disabilities continue to get access to this much needed Medicaid covered care. Over 40 THERAPY 2000 therapists and staff joined the cause from the Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, Houston and East Texas regions of the state. The Dallas area T2K advocates got on a bus at the corporate office at 5:45 AM, bright and early, to make it to a 9 AM pep rally held at the capitol. This motivational meeting was meant to brief therapists and home health advocates on important talking points to share in their scheduled meetings. This included how to best relay personal stories about their patients proving exactly how their industry betters the lives of the children they treat. Representative John Zerwas, M.D., voted one of the “Ten Best Legislators” by Texas Monthly for his work during the 81st and 82nd legislative sessions was one of the speakers. Zerwas has been recognized by the Texas Medical Association as a “Friend of Medicine” and Texas Hospital Association as a “Texas Hospital Advocate” for his commitment to healthcare for Texans. He represents the citizens of House District 28 and serves on the House Appropriations Committee as Chair of the Health and Human Services. His perspective coming from being a representative and medical doctor were invaluable in teaching the advocates how to effectively relate to the politicians and their staff the importance of pediatric in-home therapy. To sum it up he said, “(You) make a huge difference to the quality of life […]


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