When 14-month-old Savannah came to Easterseals’ Child Development Center she couldn’t walk or crawl and spoke just two words due to developmental delays—but by her second birthday she and her parents had true reasons to celebrate!
“To see her stand and take those first few steps just made my heart melt. I wanted to scream because I was so excited, but I knew it would scare her,” laughs her mom, Stephanie, a special education teacher.
Today, Savannah is walking at an ever-increasing speed, learning how to traverse obstacles (like steps or a toy blocking her path), mastering fine motor skills and has a rapidly growing, 45-word vocabulary.
“I know how hard she’s worked,” she says. “Every little thing she does is a great accomplishment for her. But the support and encouragement of the teachers and everyone at Easterseals, whatever she wants to try in class, definitely added to her growth or I don’t think she’d be where she is now.”
“She really does amaze me at how far she’s come,” says her teacher, Itzel Pulido, who notes that her “sweet and loving” student is highly determined to do everything her friends do.
“Just seeing how happy she is when we pull into the school parking lot,” smiles her mother, “I was like ‘Wow!’ She starts smiling, kicking her legs and gets excited, which is one of the things most important to me. I just think that’s awesome!”