Watch Ruben’s mother open up about her experience with St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children and how St. Mary’s has help her son and her family overcome obstacles she never dreamed possible.
Ruben is a 17 year old boy who joined our Medical Day Healthcare (MDHC) program in June 2010. Ruben receives physical, occupational and speech therapy to work on improving his communication and overall independence. In the past, Ruben had limited interaction with his peers, difficulty transitioning to his therapies and had low motivation, now he is able to transition with little prompting, engages with his peers and staff members and demonstrates improved willingness to work toward his therapy goals.
Ruben has made great strides in all aspects of the program especially with his rehabilitation goals. His physical therapist have seen great improvements in his endurance, including his ability to walk more with close supervision. His most recent accomplishment is seen during meal time, previously Ruben was receiving nutrition by g-tube, now he is able to eat and drink by mouth. Ruben does very well with trying various foods and looks forward to meal time with his peers and family. He is beginning to take initiative with using his utensils and is eager to learn how to cut his own food.
The MDHC team and his peers are so proud of Ruben’s accomplishments.