INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – Meet Fenton. He's a 3-year-old boy with Down syndrome.
He receives physical therapy services from Easterseals Crossroads. Right now, the therapy sessions have had to transition entirely to virtual visits.
Deanna Proimos, Fenton's physical therapist, will watch him do certain tasks and then tell his mom how to make adjustments.
"Erin, can you bring his feet a little bit closer together when he's standing there," Deanna asked during a session they allowed 13News to watch.
Fenton's mom, Erin Seibert, said she has become the psuedo-physical therapist during the pandemic.
"You know, now it's wearing many hats that I wasn't quite prepared to wear," she said.
Easterseals Crossroads said that even with the world topsy-turvy right now, it's imperative that these kids continue to grow and make progress.
"One thing we have to remember as therapists - whether it's physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy - our legal and ethical guidelines actually say we can't abandon our patients," Director of Children's and Medical Services Dana Holcomb said.
Erin said a silver lining has been seeing the physical therapy in their home and realizing how they can adjust Fenton's environment to continue to challenge him.
"Our primary goal is to get him to stand, to get him to be more vertical, to get him to walk," Erin said. "So now everything has been lifted up on the second level of the bookshelf or up on the counter."
Finding the positives in this temporary normal.