Kevin Patterson’s Story

Kevin was born in Nov 19 2004 he was a healthy baby and full term. When Kevin was a month old he contracted the RSV Virus and went into respitory arrest and was admitted to Westchester Children Hospital , after a week he was sent home with a clean bill of health. It was not till Kevin turned one that we noticed something was not right . we thought it was the last effects of the RSV and complications but our pediatrician said it was not and he seemed ok. When Kevin turned two we noticed his speech was not developing like how his sisters was at that age again we went to our pediatrician and he assured us that Kev was fine and he was just hitting his milestones lil later. We watched kevin for another year and we felt that something still was not right he was playing and stumbling alot and his speech was still not fully developed. his sensitivity to water was like it was hurting him . This time Kevin was 3yro at the time and almost ready to start school in the next year or so . Our Doctor finally refered us to a child Neruologist and it was confirmed that Kevin did indeed have a problem . the doctor stated that is was Medical Clumsy Child Syndrom ( also known as Dyspraxia) . I never heard of such disorder and wanted to find out more. My searches led me to the UK sites about Dyspraxia and I was able to read about the list of things that Kevin might develope or incounter . Kevin started therapy in NY ( speech , Ot, Pt) and did fine he went into Kinder in NY and was doing wonderfully with his special ed class. and we joined Dyspraxia USA and was very happy we found that site.

 

We moved to Texas and tried to get Kevin into a specail needs class . That was a night mare not only did Kevin who was to start fFirst grade end up back into Kinder. We had to fight for his services which the dist did not readily supply all children . but after a long haul and many meetings we finally got what he needed. Kevin today is riding his two wheel scooter loves soccer and is learning to ride his bike ( slow but sure progress) His social abilities have gotten a lot better and he has lots of friends . his sesitivity to water( shower ) has seemed to reverse it self and now he is like a fish loves to swim. and is doing so well in school it suprised his teachers.We have high hopes for Kevin and his future. I think the most important part of having a child with Dyspraxia is educating the schools and others about it and be a advocate for your child .