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Allisson Seiler, like many mothers of special needs children, feels isolated from the world around her. A full-time caregiver for her 12-year-old daughter, Julia, she can feel at a loss to help her child.
“Unless you have experience with it, it looks overwhelming and confusing,” says Allisson of the volume of information available on her daughter’s condition. “The resources and people at the IU Health Children’s Therapy Center are ones you can trust.”
It’s here that Allisson and her husband feel like an integral part of Julia’s treatment.
“You don’t always know what you don’t know,” says Allisson, who was a Ph.D. candidate in cognitive psychology before deciding to become a stay-at-home-mom several years ago. “I had planned to finish my degree while Julia and her twin sister, Belinda, were little, but things didn’t work out that way.”
Instead, her twin daughters were born at IU Health Bloomington Hospital. Belinda was perfectly healthy, and Julia was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder that appears in infancy or early childhood and permanently affects body movement, muscle coordination and balance.
The diagnosis came when Julia was about eight months old. “Things became more complicated with Julia, so it was just easier for me to stay at home,” Allisson explains.
For many years, Julia couldn’t feed herself, go to the restroom by herself, walk by herself or transfer herself. Now after years of therapy, she can be an active participant in her progress.
“Now Julia is able to help herself with day-to-day tasks. We help her, but are no longer picking her up and moving her,” Allison says.
She’s improved to the point where her therapy sessions have decreased from twice a week to once a week, Allison says. Plus, the Arlington Road location is a one-stop shop.
The IU Health Children’s Therapy provides advanced and comprehensive pediatric rehabilitation services:IU Health Children’s Therapy812.353.DOCS (3627)