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Three-year-old’s speech progress melts mom’s heart

Troy is a charming and happy 3-year-old with an infectious laugh. His bright eyes and incredible attitude can light up a room. Until recently though, something was missing from the friendly and energetic little boy’s life – words.

Troy’s inability to speak made it very difficult for him to do a number of things, including making friends. His mother shares the following story:

Other kids Troy’s age would attempt to play with him, and gosh did he ever want to play. When they would ask him his name or if he wanted to play, Troy wouldn’t respond. Too many times I heard, “Oh, he’s just a baby.” The other kids would then run off thinking he was too young to play with them. Troy would stand to the side and quietly watch the other kids, unsure of how to involve himself. He looked so sad! After a while he would just come sit with me and cuddle.  It broke my heart to see him left out.

Troy with Mehreen, one of his rehab peeps.

Troy poses with Mehreen Kakwan his Beaumont speech pathologist.

In April, Troy’s mother brought him to Beaumont Children’s Hospital for evaluation by the experts in our Pediatric Speech and Language Pathology department. He was diagnosed with severe verbal apraxia – an inability to consistently coordinate the parts of the mouth involved in speech (lips, tongue and lower jaw) to create words and sounds. Troy was also diagnosed with a severe expressive language delay and a moderate receptive language delay.

With financial assistance provided through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and the Lions Clubs of Southeast Michigan, Troy began treatment in June. Much of the treatment features a play-based approach that allows Troy to incorporate toys he chooses himself into each session. His favorites so far have been the doll house and barn.

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New plush pets help reassure pediatric patients

Patients at Beaumont Children’s Hospital can rest a little easier knowing they’ll have Josh the Golden Retriever at their bedside.

Josh is a plush Golden Retriever that comes with his own easy-to-tote doghouse and a book called “I’ll Be OK.”  The book describes Josh’s adventure to getting well and is used to reassure children during their hospital stay and teach them what to expect from their health care adventure.

Ben, Andy and Ann Glime, from the Jaag Plush Toy Company based in Troy, MI, in partnership with  The Josh and Friends Project, recently donated more than 40 plush puppies, books and portable dog houses to Beaumont. Josh and Friends also partner with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Beaumont’s Child Life Specialists and nursing staff  will make sure that Josh is given to children who need special comfort or education.


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Allison’s winning artwork benefits Beaumont Children’s Hospital

Allison poses with Beau and boxes of her winning White Cloud designs.

Allison poses with Beau and boxes of her  winning White Cloud designs.

Earlier this month, White Cloud released the winning Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals tissue box design winners. Allison Hufstedler, a Beaumont Children’s Hospital patient from Oxford, won third prize and the top three designers’ artwork is now printed on special edition White Cloud facial tissue boxes available exclusively at Walmart through June. Allison, age 6, was the youngest winner of the contest.

What inspired her design? Allison said her love of animals, specifically lions, began the creative process for her artwork.

Many thanks go out to the Beaumont Health System and Beaumont Children’s Hospital Facebook fans who voted for Allison on White Cloud’s Facebook page.

For the winning design, Beaumont Children’s Hospital will receive $15,000 from CMN. That money will help support many of our programs such as Child Life Services, Bike Day, NoBLE, the HOPE Center and much more!

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Anything but Despicable

We’d like to thank Gru for sending one of his minions to the Children’s Miracle Network Garden at Beaumont Children’s Hospital to participate in “Summer Camp” activities with some of our pediatric patients. This particular minion danced, posed for pictures and shared some goodies from the upcoming Despicable Me 2 movie!

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The Butterfly Effect

Oakland Mall Butterflies

What: If you’re looking for something different from your next trip to the mall, stop by the “Butterflies!” exhibit at the Oakland Mall. People of all ages can tour the butterfly house, take photos with a butterfly, create butterfly crafts, adopt a butterfly to take home and see more than 275 live butterflies.

When: March 9 – 30, Mondays – Saturdays from noon to 8 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

Why: Proceeds from the butterfly exhibit benefit Beaumont Children’s Hospital pediatric rehabilitation patients. There is a $1 admission free to tour the butterfly house and Adopt-a-Butterfly kits will be available for $9.

Where: Center court area of Oakland Mall, 412 W Fourteen Mile Rd  Troy, Michigan

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the “Butterflies!” event.

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Sunny Day, Sweepin’ the clouds away

Cookie Monster and Elmo, on a vacation from Sesame Street and in town at the Fox Theatre in Detroit performing Sesame Street Live, made their way to Beaumont Children’s Hospital to visit with some of our patients and families. Many of the patients are unable to go out and see the show, so Cookie Monster and Elmo brought the show to them and performed the “Cookie Crumba Rumba” in the Children’s Miracle Network Garden area.

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