A spunky 4-year-old, Cassie Jo was diagnosed with spina bifida when she was born. Many children with spina bifida cannot walk or have difficulty walking and when Cassie Jo first came to TherapyWorks, she was using a walker and had very limited mobility.
Receiving occupational and physical therapy at TherapyWorks for almost a year, her treatment sessions have focused on increasing her independence with walking with an assistive device.
Several months ago Cassie Jo’s therapists, Kea Averill, PTA, and Laci DiLibero, PTA, began training her how to walk with forearm crutches.
On April 11, 2012, Cassie Jo walked with her forearm crutches, across the therapy gym, for the first time. Her mom and therapists were ecstatic, to say the least.
During her jaunt across the gym, Cassie Jo exclaimed, “I can walk like a big girl now!” Take a look at her first “big girl” steps!