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Rockies Honor Steve Stunkard for 20 Years of Service

This summer marked the 20th anniversary of work at Coors Field by Steve Stunkard. His award was a baseball given to him in front of a large crowd before the start of the July 21st Texas game. He and the other recipients beamed as they saw themselves pictured on the big score board in center field. Steve was excited to have his mother, job coach and other friends cheer as he received his award.

Steve’s job at the stadium is to watch the northeast entrance from the inside to prevent anyone from entering the side door without a ticket. If you go watch a game, stop by and congratulate Steve. He loves talking baseball!

JAXON...a Success Story

This is the story of a child and his family currently receiving services through the DDRC Early Intervention program. Jaxon was referred to the Early Intervention program in 2012 when he was only a few months old, and shortly after that was diagnosed with a muscle disorder called Nemaline Rod Myopathy. Jaxon and his family attended a DDRC Board meeting in 2013 to be part of the Early Intervention presentation for that month. He and his family were also one of the families featured in the DDRC 50th Anniversary Jubilee video.

At the time of the initial Board presentation, Jaxon was a little over one year old. He required full support to sit, could hold his head up briefly, could roll to either side, but could not roll all the way over, and could hold a toy for a little while in either hand. He could shake a toy briefly or could activate some more difficult toys using a switch or other type of adapter. He also was making a few vowel sounds and could laugh and cry, but could not really communicate in any other way. Jaxon was fed entirely by g-tube, and at that time, could not take any tastes by mouth.

Jaxon is now two and a half years old. He can roll all over the place to move around, and especially enjoys rolling to places where his parents can’t find him. He has started sitting on the floor without support from anyone else, sitting up to 10 minutes sometimes! He can now say several words. “Dada,” “mama,” “sisa” (for his sister) and “hi” are some favorites. He can also communicate on his iPad using a communication app that lets him pick between two (or more) choices. Jaxon can play games on his iPad, including matching games and puzzles, that might otherwise be difficult for him to physically complete. But that doesn’t stop Jaxon, because he can also do regular puzzles and shape games by hand. Jaxon is also now able to move around by driving his own power wheelchair with some guidance from his family. He is showing his opinion like any other child his age, including refusing to clean up when asked by his parents, deleting apps from the iPad, or repeatedly driving his power wheelchair over to look at a specific bike, even when his parents keep moving him and the power chair to another area! Finally, Jaxon now gets to taste some foods. He has some not-so-favorite foods, but likes almost everything he has been able to taste. His absolute favorite is frozen yogurt!

Jaxon’s family does a great job of supporting him and loving him, while also encouraging him to be as independent as possible. They embody all aspects of the parent coaching approach of Early Intervention.

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