cropped-harrisfamily-131For those of you who may not know about the origin of Daniel’s challenges, he experienced an intraventricular hemorrhage (bleeding in the brain) around his 32nd week in the womb which resulted in cerebral palsy. He is now seven years old, and is not able to stand or walk independently. He has had physical and occupational therapy since he was four months old. He has also had other types of therapy, such as speech therapy, horseback riding therapy and ABM (Anat Baniel Method) lessons, as well as sevimg_5170-e1496808194166 - Copyeral rounds of Botox injections to help with the spasticity in his muscles. He uses a motorized wheelchair to get around at school and other places. He has a walker, but has often been resistant to walking, mostly because of his discomfort. We are working on increasing the amount of walking he does, and he has shown more motivation when he feels secure. He also uses a stander at school while he does some of his work, as bearing weight on his legs is very important for proper development. He was very excited to be on the safety patrol one afternoon at school – here is a picture of him in his stander.