Savi Costa is a 22 month-old little girl with an infectious smile, loving spirit and has a fascination with the beads Miss Beth puts in front of her to grab. She loves to read. While her mother is reading to her, she pretends she is reading out loud right along with mom.
Savi was born with Down syndrome, and has received Early Intervention services from UCP-OC since she was 2 months old. She receives physical, occupational and speech therapy at UCP-OC and she loves her time with Beth, Christine and Ria. Speech therapy works to expand her vocabulary and develop expressive language to assist her in communicating. For occupational therapy, Ria works with her fine motor skills and eating. Recently, she began using a sippy cup on her own!
In her current physical therapy sessions she works on putting her weight on her legs. In February 2012, she was fitted with orthotics through United Way’s funding. Before receiving these orthotics, she could not bear weight on her feet; now, when wearing her orthotics, she stands nicely with hands held and has begun taking 3-5 steps forward with minimal assistance. The orthotics also decrease knee hyperextension.
Her parents are extremely grateful for her services and the orthotics, as they believe this intervention has made such a significant improvement in her life. One of UCP-OC’s next goal for Savi is to have her stand with letting go to whatever is holding her up. We know she can do it!