A loving family has recently relocated from Mexico to the Dallas-Fort Worth area to provide their daughter, who has Angelman syndrome, with the best possible medical care.
Isabella is an energetic 3-year-old girl who loves movement. She was diagnosed with Angelman syndrome when she was around 2 years and 3 months old. Angelman syndrome is a genetic disorder that causes developmental and neurological disabilities. It causes delayed development, intellectual disability, problems with speech and balance, and sometimes seizures.
Isabella’s family decided to move from Mexico to the United States to not only seek better medical care for Isabella but to also pursue other opportunities here. Isabella’s therapists say the child’s family is “incredibly dedicated to her care” noting that Isabella rarely ever misses a session at The Warren Center. She receives occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech therapy at the clinic.
When Isabella first started working with a physical therapist at The Warren Center, she had barely started crawling. Months later, she is now crawling with good coordination and has started standing for short periods of time independently.
She cannot yet walk independently but has been able to take one or two steps on her own in the last two to three months. Watch a video of her working with her physical therapist on walking in the social media player below.
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Isabella was also a recent recipient of an adaptable toy car that EPAM Systems donated to The Warren Center ahead of the holidays. EPAM Systems, which is a software development company, designed and created ride-on cars that were adapted specifically to four children who receive services from The Warren Center. With the help of therapists at The Warren Center, each child’s design was customized.
Each car took about a few hours to design. What makes the cars adaptive is the protective tubing around the back, a button on the steering wheel a child can press to make the vehicle go, and a seat belt. A parent also gets a remote control so they can control the car. The car has lights and a radio that plays music, too.
Isabella’s therapists nominated her to be a recipient of one of the cars. They said Isabella loves to move and thought the car would be a perfect way for her to move around since she is not yet walking on her own. You can watch a video of Isabella receiving the toy car below.
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