Danika’s Story 
Reaching Milestones Through Innovation


Danika has been receiving therapy at Niagara Children’s Centre since she was 6 months old to help improve her muscle tone and strength. As an infant, she was diagnosed with Infantile Spasms, a form of epilepsy in infants that causes damage with every seizure. The left side of her brain was malformed, and while she initially responded well to the anti-seizure medications, eventually surgery became her best chance. 

It has now been just over 2 years since Danika had a left-functional hemispherectomy and she has not had a seizure since. Expected side effects of the surgical procedure included weakness on the  the right side of Danika’s body,  affecting her vision and ability to walk, and talk.

This past year, Danika benefited from the Intense Preschool Resource Program (IPRP), where she made monumental strides. Her speech has drastically improved and she began walking on her own thanks her own determination and various therapies.  Danika’s therapy team has also worked with her family to support a smooth transition to kindergarten in the coming year. The integrated approach to service delivery has been critical to helping Danika reach these important milestones. 

Danika’s mom, Rhonda, said, “As a parent, seeing your child walk for the first time was an unforgettable moment. The Centre is continuously giving hope and inspiration to families like ours and we are forever grateful.”




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