Spokane Guilds School

Meet Elliot

Elliot is a happy, outgoing toddler who is eager to meet new people and explore the world.

Over the past few months, Elliot’s language skills and confidence have blossomed and he is displaying a sense of humor that makes him so much fun to be around.

“Elliot is talking in two-word sentences. He says ‘Play ball!’ and thinks it’s really funny to say ‘DaDa work,’” said April, Elliot’s mom.

When Elliot was three weeks old, he was hospitalized with a gastrointestinal infection and high fever. Tests determined that his body was fighting off an allergen. His doctor recommended a special formula and medications to improve Elliot’s stomach problems, which were preventing him from thriving. Because his stomach hurt so badly, he didn’t like to sit up, roll over or crawl, April recalled.

The longtime stomach problems led to developmental delays in speech and gross motor skills, weakness in his core muscles and overall decreased mobility.

The Guilds’ School provided Elliot with physical, occupational and speech therapies and special education so he could reach those important milestones. Today, the good-natured 2-year-old keeps up with his older cousins and loves playing ball games, pushing carts and other toys across the room and playing on outdoor slides.

“If you say the word ‘park’ it’s all over,” April said.

Gone are the days when Elliot couldn’t communicate and would toss his toys in frustration. “He is just so happy and playful and funny now,” April said.

Elliot fits in well with his friends in the Guilds’ School’s toddler group. Circle time is one of his favorite activities and he enjoys singing the “puppy song.” His attention span has grown and Elliot now enjoys reading books.

April and her husband, Seth, are enjoying this emerging phase of childhood and they look forward to Elliot’s next round of accomplishments.

“There are no words to say enough good things about the Guilds’ School,” April said. “I just think the therapists are top-notch. They know what they are doing and are truly experts in their fields.”