Our Stories

CECO's annual Summer Camp is an intensive program that will help your child or adult with Cerebral Palsy or other motor disability to achieve greater independence. Participants improve motor skills through through routine, guidance, and repetitive actions in a fun and stimulating social setting with a 1:1 staff-to-student ratio.

Kyle's Story

Age: 8

"From the time I was 4 years old, I remember day-dreaming about the family I'd have one day.  I didn't want a career, I just wanted to be married and have kids. My husband, Peter, and I have three children from his previous marriage - Joshua, age 13, Amanda, age 12 and Nicole, age 5 - but I desperately wanted a baby of my own.

My first pregnancy ended in a miscarriage so I was extremely happy when I learned I was pregnant again 7 months later.  On January 13, 2000, Kyle was born at only 25 weeks.  He was born feet first, still in the sac and weighed just 1 lb. 8 oz!  We brought him home 4 months later, on May 5th, weighing 5 lb. 5 oz.  We were told that there was a 30% chance he would have cerebral palsy, but I dismissed that thought as we had also been told there was a 30% chance Kyle wouldn't "make it" and he did!

A Developmental Specialist later told us that Kyle had "high muscle tone" so he went through traditional physical, occupational and speech therapies starting when he was about 10 months old.  Around the time he turned one, doctors were saying Kyle might not ever walk.  From the beginning, I said there's no way I'm pushing Kyle around in a wheelchair, that was never an option.

I heard a little about Conductive Education but, being very busy, I didn't pursue it right away.  I wish I had.  Kyle started at CECO when he was 2 years old in the baby class where I was his "personal trainer". 

At the beginning he couldn't sit up on his own or crawl.  He did wonderfully in  Conductive Education and was moved every semester to a more advanced class," Susanne Darroch CECO Parent.

Today, Kyle walks with only the support of canes, he works on standing independently and transitioning.