Photography by Niki Murphy Photography
This brilliantly blue-eyed little peanut is Abby. She is as active as she is adorable. As you can see, her smile is contagious and she is quite lovable. Abby was the first recipient for 2019 of a dream therapy room makeover from Sunshine on a Ranney Day.
At fifteen months of age Abby was diagnosed with a congenital neurological brain defect called Partial Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum. This defect impedes the left and right hemispheres of the brain from connecting properly and results in significant developmental delays or disabilities. One year later, Abby was also diagnosed with severe autism. As a result, Abby has significant developmental and intellectual delays. She is seven years old and goes to a specialized program in the public school system specifically designed for severely delayed kids like her. They provide a self-contained classroom as well as occupational and speech therapy. For Abby, learning new things takes more time. She is non-verbal and still in diapers, but extremely ambulatory! She is always on the go and this adventurous little girl will climb absolutely anything. She is constantly on a mission and creates mountains of furniture to climb and explore. She loves to spin around on the floor, swing on her swing set, jump on trampolines and run everywhere!
Abby’s ultimate favorite thing to do is watch Dinosaur Train on PBS. She gets so close to the television that it is as if she is trying to get on the train and play with her friends Buddy, Tiny, Shiny and Don. It is the one thing that can cheer her up or calm her down.
Abby’s parents say that raising a special child like her takes guts...and gall... and many sleepless nights. However, the gift of her love has taught them more than they ever anticipated. “Mostly, she has taught us perspective. Things can always be better, or worse. It is up to us, each day, to decide how to make our lives all they can be. We love this little peanut more than anything and will do whatever it takes to make her life the best life possible.”
Here at Sunshine on a Ranney Day, we want to help make her days a whole lot brighter by giving her a dazzling dream therapy room makeover! We gave her a in-home therapy room as lively and fun as she is, with lots of opportunities to run, play, swing and climb!