Save the Date for the North Texas Day of Giving

With constant changes to health care coverage in the United States, families with disabled children often struggle to meet those children’s needs. From transportation to doctor’s appointments and providing care to disabled children to securing the equipment these children may require, many of these families must choose between   meeting other children’s needs and providing for their disabled youth. Luckily, there are fundraising opportunities – that you and your organization can contribute to – that help these children and their families. Chari-T2000 is a charity organization operated by T2000 Healthcare, creating assistance opportunities for families with disabled children up to age 21. The funds raised by the North Texas Day of Giving will go toward the many missions of Chari-T2000, including but not limited to: Providing home modifications for disabled children Securing hearing and communication devices, weighted or sensory support items, assistive devices and more Providing transportation for children and families for appointments and other outings Securing durable equipment for children’s medical needs If you or your organizations would like to be part of this incredible fundraiser, set up a FUNdraising page for your favorite organization or contact the North Texas Giving Day organizers for more information.  


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PATIENT SUCCESS STORY: GRACIE

This is Gracie, an amazing three-year-old in Amarillo that THERAPY 2000 provides both speech and physical therapy services. Gracie was born with a very rare condition called Birk-Barel syndrome which is characterized by intellectual disability, hypotonia, hyperactivity, and unusual facial features. She had severe feeding issues and airway difficulties at birth but has already been discharged from feeding therapy because she has met all her goals. Gracie, her family and her feeding/speech therapist, Val Betts, worked very hard and now she can enjoy a meal with her family. Gracie’s diagnosis places her at one of only twenty-five in the world and the only one in Texas with the condition. Kristy, Gracie’s mom along with her dad and three older siblings feel she has the special gift of bringing all of them even closer together since she was born. Gracie’s parents were told about T2K in Amarillo from one of her many professionals she sees in Dallas. Dr. Elizabeth Sperry of the International Craniofacial Institute had seen a lot of success with her patients she had referred to T2K in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area over the years. Gracie had her first of many surgeries at five weeks of age in Dallas and has had numerous returning trips over her three short years. She is a very hard working, happy and social little girl that enriches everyone’s lives that have the pleasure of meeting her! She currently receives PT services with Ashleigh Wilson and ST services with Val Betts. Gracie loves them both. Her mom Kristy says they both therapists are very loving but push her to work hard to reach her goals. She also says they are like family and genuinely care about Gracie. Mom states from day one the therapists really listened to her and took the time to “learn […]


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Father and Downs Syndrome son with laptop

PATIENT SUCCESS STORY: GRACIE

This is Gracie, an amazing three-year-old in Amarillo that THERAPY 2000 provides both speech and physical therapy services. Gracie was born with a very rare condition called Birk-Barel syndrome which is characterized by intellectual disability, hypotonia, hyperactivity, and unusual facial features. She had severe feeding issues and airway difficulties at birth but has already been discharged from feeding therapy because she has met all her goals. Gracie, her family and her feeding/speech therapist, Val Betts, worked very hard and now she can enjoy a meal with her family. Gracie’s diagnosis places her at one of only twenty-five in the world and the only one in Texas with the condition. Kristy, Gracie’s mom along with her dad and three older siblings feel she has the special gift of bringing all of them even closer together since she was born. Gracie’s parents were told about T2K in Amarillo from one of her many professionals she sees in Dallas. Dr. Elizabeth Sperry of the International Craniofacial Institute had seen a lot of success with her patients she had referred to T2K in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area over the years. Gracie had her first of many surgeries at five weeks of age in Dallas and has had numerous returning trips over her three short years. She is a very hard working, happy and social little girl that enriches everyone’s lives that have the pleasure of meeting her! She currently receives PT services with Ashleigh Wilson and ST services with Val Betts. Gracie loves them both. Her mom Kristy says they both therapists are very loving but push her to work hard to reach her goals. She also says they are like family and genuinely care about Gracie. Mom states from day one the therapists really listened to her and took the time to “learn […]


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Patient Success Story- Harper

PATIENT SUCCESS STORY- All therapists want to make a difference! With pediatric patients we not only receive the immense joy of seeing the progress in our patients, but on the faces of their parents as well. Approximately one year ago, I began working with an adorable little girl named Harper. She was born at 25 weeks with Chronic Lung Disease, and multiple other diagnoses that come with being a micro preemie. When I started treating Harper, she was 14 months old and still only taking liquids from a bottle. Harper demonstrated a severe oral aversion to foods, her suck/ swallow/breathe pattern was disorganized, and she exhibited multiple signs of aspiration. Harper would gag and retch, so we started slowly with the introduction of purees from a gloved finger. We slowly built her response while simultaneously using techniques to decrease oral aversion. Within six months, Harper was able to eat purees from a spoon and had integrated her suck/swallow/breathe pattern successfully. During her modified barium swallow study, Harper demonstrated some aspiration and penetration due to muscle fatigue and was recommended to begin NMES (Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation). In the beginning, Harper did not enjoy NMES and required multiple verbal cues throughout the session, but soon began demonstrating an increased chewing pattern while expanding her variety of food and textures. Our goal was to maintain Harper’s calorie intake without supplementing with Pediasure, so Harper’s mother was encouraged to talk to her gastroenterologist about medications for reflux and a diet plan. Harper is now successfully taking all liquids via sippy cup and eating a variety of food such as broccoli, cauliflower, cheese and crackers, and many more. Harper continues to demonstrate some difficulty with coarse meats and requires extra chewing during these times. Since she began speech therapy, Harper has decreased upper respiratory infections, […]


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Home Care 100 Conference

Last week, I was invited to attend the Home Care 100 conference in Bastrop, Texas. I have attended a lot of conferences over the years (and eaten a lot of pastries along the way) and this one was different. The attendees were CEOs from the 100 largest home care providers in the nation. The conference’s informative sessions were designed to stimulate thinking and discussion with an eye towards the future of the industry. The conference was informative and intense. CEOs from top home care companies were readily available for questioning. I met some new mentors and had some amazing networking opportunities. I attended programs like, Designing the Ideal Healthcare Delivery System in the Home and Partnership is the New Leadership. I learned about strategic planning, and had some great discussions related to employee engagement. I got asked a lot of questions, and came back super energized! I left the conference feeling really good about our industry and the direction we are moving in with THERAPY 2000. I believe that if we continue to invest in the work experience of our valued employees, and in the quality of care that we deliver, we will continue to grow and thrive. I look forward to the changes that will continue to come in the next five and ten years, and plan on THERAPY 2000 being ready for them. Bring it on! -Jerre van den Bent (THERAPY 2000 CEO)


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