Special Needs and No Boundaries

by Carrie with Children with 24 comments

Every other Wednesday,  little Molly has physical therapy at Hope Haven Children’s Clinic and Family Center.  (Newbies to my site…Molly has Down syndromeHere’s our story.)   I look forward to our visits there – it’s the highlight of my (every other) week!  It’s a loving, positive environment and it’s fun to see how much Molly has progressed in between visits.  I always leave there feeling refreshed and so proud of my daughter.  Today, I was beaming with pride for the special needs community before I even get inside the building.

Molly at Physical Therapy

As I was unloading the girls from the car and anxiously awaiting Daddy’s arrival – I could see a young man inside ready to welcome us and hold the door.  He greeted us with a “hello” and the next thing I knew…we were surrounded by a group of young adults anxious to talk and admire cute Molly.   They each had tons of questions about Molly…”Can she walk yet? Does she talk? How old is she? What’s her name? Does she like her seat?”  They were so intrigued to learn about her.  One young girl even reached down and kissed her (It was so sweet, I didn’t even care about germs!)   They were so excited to see a new baby and thankfully, Molly charmed them with her sweet smile.   Before I knew it, their bus had arrived and we exchanged goodbyes as they headed off on a fun adventure.

Each of these young people had some type of disability, but that’s not the important piece to this story.  The important part is that they saw no boundaries when it came to their disabilities.  We were all the same, all equals in a room together.  I enjoyed spending time with them this morning, even if it was just a few minutes.  Their love, compassion and friendliness filled the room. They provided me with hope and a positive outlook for Molly.  I’m excited for Molly’s future and I hope that when she gets older she too, knows no boundaries like the young folks we met today.


  • Busymomibee

    I love working with my clients with disabilities! I have seen some of them grow up over the past 8 1/2 years, and I always look forward to see them and how they have grown and the milestones they have made each year. They always put a smile on my face:)

    • Carrie with Children

      I know it must bring you such joy to work with such awesome individuals!

  • Jennifer Collins

    I’m new to your site, having found you through Wordless Wednesday today. Your Molly is such a doll! What a positive post, what a great experience.

    • Carrie with Children

      Hi Jennifer – Thanks so much for stopping by! I’m glad you found me!

  • Mom

    I’m sure Molly will have the same outlook on life as those kids do! Maggie will be a better person,too, from her exposure to Hope Haven.

    • Carrie with Children

      Thanks Mom! You are right – Maggie benefits too!

  • Sippy Cup Mom

    It sounds like such a wonderful place! What sweet sweet people! Molly is in such good hands!

    • Carrie with Children

      It’s an awesome place! I tell the folks that work there all the time that I would live there if they’d let me 🙂

  • Jessica

    My daughter see’s everyone equally at 4 years old no matter their color or disability Im so proud of that! Her best friend has Downs 🙂

    • Carrie with Children

      That is awesome, Jessica! Thanks for sharing – your daughter sounds like a great girl!

  • Nichol

    Amazing post. I used to go to PT with my sister when she was young and it was always so wonderful, happy, and POSITIVE. Now as a 28 year old living with DS her life is amazing. She goes to dances with all her friends, shopping(her favorite), sports events and wins gold medals at her swim meets all the time. Molly is a doll.

    • Carrie with Children

      Thanks Nichol! It’s always inspiring to me to hear about your sister! She sounds like an awesome woman! <3

  • Sally1jean

    What a doll! I can’t wait for my melanie to start pt…she’s only 2 months right now, so we have a teacher come to the house. Thanks for sharing!

    • Carrie with Children

      That is so great that the PT folks come to your house! It’s never too early to start PT! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • mommy head

    I love that. When we were at Ryan’s last Dr appt, there were several families and little ones that just couldn’t get over him. Made me feel so special.
    Thanks for sharing your story

    • Carrie with Children

      That is so great! It’s fun when people want to admire cute babies! 🙂

  • Shannon

    I too look forward to therapy every week. Each little thing conquered is a miracle! Happy to see Molly doing so well. They call them special needs for a reason- they truly are special people. Purer hearts then us normal people could ever even hope to have.

    • Carrie with Children

      Thanks for your awesome words, Shannon! You are so right – each little thing conquered IS a miracle! <3

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  • KLZ

    I used to teach swim lessons for years. My favorite student to this day was Robbie, a young boy with Down’s Syndrome. He was the best student, the best kid, he gave the best hugs. He didn’t think he had any limitations either. Which was so, so cool.

    • Carrie with Children

      That is a great story! Thanks for sharing! He sounds like a great kid! <3

  • Amanda @ Confessions From HouseholdSix

    What an awesome story! I wish I could see my son at therapy, but he does it when he goes to school once a week.