At five months of age, Derek and Cortney Manning noticed that their third child, Brielle, wasn’t hitting the normal milestones of others her age. They shared their concerns with Brielle’s doctor, Dr. Stacy Wagner at the Christophel Clinic in Waverly. Brielle then received many diagnoses – autism, sensory processing disorder, hypotonia (poor muscle tone), non-verbal, epilepsy (seizures) – with her main diagnosis being Dup15q, a copying of chromosomes.
There is no set treatment for Dup15q, but therapies can help with symptoms. Brielle began therapy at 10 months of age, and now sees therapists for speech, feeding, physical and occupational therapy.
“Therapies have given us so much hope for Brielle. There is so much unknown with her diagnosis, so to have that glimmer of hope is the light for our family. When Brielle started therapy, she could barely hold her head up. Now, two years later she is WALKING! This is something we weren’t sure she would ever do. Even though Brielle is non-verbal, we have learned ways to communicate with her. We sometimes can’t even believe the strides she has made. Without Taylor Therapy our daughter may not have been as successful and I know they stand proud in our corner. They experience each milestone with us and it brings tears to our eyes to see the bond they have with our child. It’s amazing knowing that they care and want her to have the best quality of life we can all give her,” said Cortney.
Cortney has also been very grateful for the Finding Support for Families of Children with Special Needs group Waverly Health Center offers. “This was life changing for us – to know there are others out there in a situation like us. They just get it. The group serves as an outlet as well as a place to share resources. Both have a big impact,” finished Cortney.
Services provided by Taylor Physical Therapy Associates, LLC.
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