Testimonial - Cole

     A dear and trusted friend introduced me to Keep Moving Forward. She assured me that Amy offered what no other doctor, medical professional or therapist could … hope. With bated breath, off we went to our first consultation and I dared to ask the question I had asked many times before … “Do you think Cole has the potential to walk?” Without a moment’s hesitation, she said “yes” and the conviction in her eyes told me I should believe her. After so many years of hearing “it’s not likely” and “if he hasn’t done it yet, it probably won’t happen”, I pushed aside my lingering doubts and decided to put my faith in this woman.

     We went when we could, sometimes once or twice a week. Intensive physical therapy is not easy; it is hard work. I watch my son struggle and stumble, but he never gives up. Most importantly, Amy, and her colleague, Erica, never give up. They push him to work harder each time. At times, I think it is beyond his limits, but each time I am surprised when he does something new. The pride in Cole’s eyes at his accomplishments continues to be priceless.

    Together, Amy and Erica have developed a program geared to Cole’s specific needs. Each session is filled with creative tips, practical advice and always homework. We diligently do our homework and when I am tired and want to skip a day, I am reminded with an enthusiastic “Mommy I want to do my exercise”.

     After a few a short months of working with Amy and Erica, I am awed by the tiny miracles I witness in my son. He now crawls on his hand and knees, sits straighter, uses his hands better and has improved body awareness and control of his limbs. He has accomplished more in five months at Keep Moving Forward, than the five years of traditional physical therapy we have gone through.

     Amy and Erica are very well versed in their skill. It is evident that they have the educational and hands on experience to be good physical therapists, but it is their passion that makes them great physical therapists. It is very rare to find people who are so passionate and enthusiastic about their work. This enthusiasm is also shared among the front desk staff. We are always greeted with smiles and they often peek in on the sessions to cheer the kids on.

    Keep Moving Forward is a happy and wonderful place filled with promise and hope. The therapy room is cheery and the walls are lined with inspirational quotes, reminding everyone there is no room for negativity there. As a mom of a differently-abled child, we have lots of appointments where I hold my breath praying that there are no new developments or setbacks. At Keep Moving Forward, I never hold my breath because I know that every session will result in progress, not matter how tiny. I see the same look in eyes of the other parents as they watch miracles unfold in their children. We share our stories and experiences and cheer for each other’s children.

     I always knew Cole was meant to do great things and it never mattered if he did these great things on two wheels or two legs; however, that vision of him being on two legs becomes clearer after each session … and so we will continue to keep moving forward.

Shona Jones-Banfield
Mom to Cole AKA “The coolest kid on the planet”

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