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Sophia finds her voice through speech therapy

Sophia finds her voice through speech therapy

Sophia never talked as a baby and when her parents took her to a local hospital to be assessed, they were referred to Shriners Hospitals for Children — Erie Ambulatory Surgery Center and Outpatient Specialty Care Center. She needed physical, occupational and speech therapies. At the Erie Medical Center, Sophia could receive all three therapies in one location. “It has been wonderful. We only have to come two days a week and we get everything that she needs,” said Sophia’s mom, Lisa.

Sophia has a disorder called apraxia, she knows what she wants to say but her brain has difficulty coordinating the muscle movements to say those words. Just a short six months after beginning therapy at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Erie, she has made a lot of improvement. “I just love that Nicole, Sophia’s speech therapist, gets down on the floor and plays with her,” said Lisa. “It’s nice to have a therapist who’s excited for your kid. She’s been a real positive influence on her.”

Sophia loves coming to her appointments. “Everyone says hello and they make us feel very special,” said Lisa. “Everyone does their best to make Sophia feel as though she is their only patient. This effort means a lot to Sophia. It’s a family kind of organization and they have really welcomed us.”

Since she started therapy at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Erie, Sophia’s words started coming more often and are a little easier to understand. “She knows that Nicole understands her and she gives back what she can. It’s very exciting,” added Lisa.

Learn more about speech therapy and other outpatient clinics available at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Erie.

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