In August 2020, Alessia was injured in a car accident and diagnosed with a spinal cord injury. To enhance her recovery, Alessia enrolled in St. Mary’s Locomotor Training Program, an intensive individualized therapy program that improves function in persons with spinal cord injury (SCI) and other neurological diagnoses. The interventions used focus on sending appropriate input to the nervous system so that the body can learn tasks such as sitting upright, standing, and walking.
Alessia quickly adjusted to the program, and has made incredible progress so far! She can now walk and stand with less body weight support assisting her while keeping an appropriate posture, and has significantly improved her trunk control, making it easier to self-propel in her wheel chair and respond to challenges to her balance. Alessia loves to be silly during her sessions, often singing or dancing to music on the treadmill, and enthusiastically accepts all challenges that are presented to her. The Locomotor Training team and all of us at St. Mary’s admire her contagious smile, can-do attitude and hard work!