Brett - picture perfect
Brett has gone to Easter Seals since he was an infant. He first went for services such as having his hearing checked and monitored and has received physical therapy, pool therapy, nutrition counseling, feeding therapy and speech therapy/assistive technology.
It is an amazing place for so many reasons - they have really awesome equipment, the therapists there absolutely rock, there is always a feeling of family and support. In addition to that one of Brett's favorite things about Easter Seals has been the photos up and down the hallways. They are pictures of children and adults who receive services at Easter Seals and are beautiful and inspirational. He has always loved walking the hallway and stopping at pictures - especially when they feature some of the people we've come to know through our Easter Seals involvement.
So when we received a phone call last year that Brett was nominated to be featured in the 2011 photo exhibit because (in addition to being adorable) he was a great candidate for the theme "Striving for Independence," we were all very excited.
Brett was photographed by a volunteer over the summer and last week a reception was held for the official unveiling of the photos. Brett's photo features him playing the piano, as he loves music. Brett seemed to be very proud and had a great time, but I think he mostly loved being surrounded by his loving family. Everyone turned out for his big night - Grandma, Granddad and Auntie Rhonda, Grammy, Poppy, Auntie Amy, Uncle Jackie, Caroline and Sophie, Auntie Kerry and Auntie Nancy and his brothers and mom and dad. Thank you everyone for staying out late on a weeknight to celebrate Brett. Although we were there to see his photo I know we were all celebrating so much more - God is good!
Brett is learning to use a device to help him communicate. It involves a "talker" or computer that displays pictures and he uses switches to shuffle through and select what he wants to say and the computer speaks on his behalf. Here he is talking to his cousins Sophie and Caroline.
Talking to Auntie Rhonda
Peyton (above) and Jackson (below) got all dressed up to honor their brother!