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“We were really excited,” Whitnee recalled. At four, Leah was completely nonverbal and in a wheelchair full time. She went into Stacey Robinson’s class where she began receiving speech, physical and occupational therapy, including spending time in “the stander,” an apparatus that encourages Leah to bear weight on her legs.

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“At first, she could only tolerate 10 minutes,” said Robinson, or “Miss Stacey” as the family calls her. “We had to talk her through it or use bubbles.” Now she can do 45 minutes to an hour while she plays on an iPad or with Legos. It’s hard work for her, but Robinson said it’s almost as if Leah knows it’s for her benefit. When the preschooler first came into Robinson’s classroom, she did not engage well with other people, didn’t play with toys very much and could not get around. Robinson’s first goal with Leah was to earn her trust. Now, in her second year at the school, Leah is showing pretend play skills, communicating with signs and gestures, interacting well with her peers and therapists and has even begun to crawl and lift up on furniture. “It’s an inspiration to see. It’s hard work for her,” Robinson noted. „

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