“Before starting Pediasuit therapy, Joshua was in the fetal position 90% of the time, could not sit on his own, could not hold his head up without assistance, and standing or walking seemed out of the question,” said Leo de Oliveira, one of Joshua’s therapists and the inventor of the Pediasuit. “But since using the Pediasuit, Joshua has taken steps on his own, can hold his head up without assistance and can sit up. He is even making strides towards feeding himself.”
Joshua has now returned to Washington, and he needs physical, occupational, speech and ABA therapy to continue to make progress.
With all of Joshua’s medical bills and other expenses, his family simply cannot afford to pay for the intensive therapies he needs, so Bright Steps Forward stepped in to help. If we raise enough money through the Spons'a-kid program, Joshua will keep progressing and one day he may be able to walk on his own and feed himself.
About the Shaken Baby syndrome
Shaken Baby syndrome is a 100% preventable condition that results from the violent shaking or impacting of the head of an infant or small child that occurs when a baby is shaken. SBS/AHT (shaken baby syndrome/abusive head trauma) is a term used to describe the constellation of signs and symptoms resulting from this type of preventable trauma.