People Watch: Get to Know Alex Arguelles
Meet Alex. She enjoys hiking, crafting, reading books, watching TV, and riding her peloton. Alex grew up in Covina, CA, majored in Kinesiology Exercise Science at California State University, San Bernardino, and received her Masters of Occupational Therapy at Nova South Eastern University in South Florida. Alex is one of our Occupational Therapy Supervisors and has been a part of the PTN family for four years. Alex feels lucky to have clients who enjoy art and creativity. Arts and crafts are one of her favorite occupations, and she feels proud to see all her kids work on their fine motor and praxis skills to create a craft. Alex shares, “What I love most about Occupational Therapy is that OTs use a holistic client-centered approach to help each child develop and gain independence in occupations that are meaningful to the child and their family. There is no better feeling in the world than to watch a child and family grow and to see them engage in meaningful occupations together. I feel very blessed to be a part of that process.” April is Occupational Therapy Month, a time to celebrate Alex and all the beautiful OTs who positively impact others’ lives.
Celebrating Down syndrome!
Meet Royal. He’s in 3rd grade, is passionate about cars and trains, and loves to go on roller coasters! He started receiving PTN services at two and a half years old when he made a friend at PTN that he still hangs out with today. In fact, they are now in a soccer camp together! Royal’s mom, Xindy, has also built strong relationships while at PTN. One of her best friends is a fellow parent of a son with Down syndrome.

For Xindy, one of the silver linings of the pandemic is that through Royal’s telehealth sessions, she was able to see how hard Royal was working, the progress he was making, and witness his connection with his therapists (who he wants to invite to his house for a party)! She shares, “This year hasn’t been easy, but I am so glad he had PTN this whole time. I can’t imagine what it would be like if he didn’t have telehealth during the pandemic. The therapists love what they do, and Royal loves participating and engaging.”
We did it!
Thanks to YOU, we surpassed our goal of $250,000 for our matching campaign and raised $270,000+ in just six months! We can't thank you enough for helping us reach this memorable milestone. With your support, PTN is striding into year 25 of serving children and families. From all of us at PTN, thank you for your generosity!
Restaurant Voucher Program
Supervisor Janice Hahn's office started a Restaurant Voucher Program to help small businesses and families in need stay afloat during this crisis. Thanks to Supervisor Hahn and our neighbors at The Volunteer Center South Bay-Harbor-Long Beach, 90 PTN families in need received gift cards for delicious meals from The Red Car Brewery and Restaurant or Mexican Riviera in Torrance!
Meet Tanesha!
Meet Tanesha – if you don’t know her already! She’s engaging, friendly, and always connecting with our PTN families and staff. Did you know she has been a part of the PTN family for 17 years? As the Family Engagement Specialist for our Early Intervention team, Tanesha is the first face many families see when they arrive for their initial tour. She enjoys working alongside our families by providing support, resources, and comfort as they navigate a new journey with their child. The best part of her day? Seeing a child smile when they hear their favorite song during “circle time.” Her colleagues shared, “Tanesha is our PTN cheerleader! She's warm, compassionate and both families and staff know that she cares. She's resourceful and will not stop until she finds what a family needs. Most of all, Tanesha has a loving dedication to PTN and its mission.” In her spare time, Tanesha enjoys being around her family, traveling, cooking, and staying active and fit.
PTN on Spectrum News 1
PTN parent, Lisa, shares her experience with virtual therapy for her daughter Leah and how it has helped her maintain the progress she made before the COVID-19 pandemic.
PTN on ABC7
Watch this ABC7 story to learn more about the virtual services we are providing our children and families!
PTN's YouTube Page
Check out our YouTube page for fun activities children can do at home.

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If you’d like to share a special moment, milestone, or something that your child has accomplished at PTN, we’d love to hear about it!
Meet Alana!
Meet Alana. She’s seven years old and loves to listen to music, sing, and dance. Her favorite artists are Selena Gomez, Halsey, and Sam Smith. Alana is very close with her dad, Alex, who she calls “Papa.” They sing together in the car and practice their dance moves when stopped at a red light. Alana has been a part of the PTN family since she was a baby and is currently receiving physical and occupational therapy. According to Papa, “Alana talks up a storm about her therapists and loves them to death.” For Alex, Alana’s milestone moment at PTN has been her knowledge, understanding, and acknowledgment that she has a left hand, that it works, and that she can use it. She is now conscious and very aware of her left hand and uses it to her advantage. She may not pick something up with “lefty,” but she will try to grab something, hug it, and hold it. Alex shares, “PTN, it’s a godsend. The care and love that every staff member has for children…there are no words to describe the dedication that you see amongst every staff member.”

Alex admits there are times when he gets emotional over the help Alana requires for simple tasks like getting into a car or if she’s thirsty and wants to get a bottle of water and drink it. But at the end of the day, he knows that Alana is happy. Alex encourages other PTN parents to look at the bright side, not be afraid to talk to people, and ask for help. He shares, “You have a circle of people around you who are all willing to get you the help you need. You are not going through this alone.”

March is cerebral palsy awareness month, a time to celebrate Alana and all individuals with cerebral palsy and make people aware of their abilities and accomplishments.
Special Guest!
Professional baseball catcher for the Los Angeles Angels Kurt Suzuki joined us for Buddy Club, our social skills and community integration program! Kurt talked about being humble, listening to advice, and taking care of his body before and after the game. The children loved asking him questions, seeing his trophy, and watching a highlight reel of him playing. Thanks for virtually stopping by, Kurt!
Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month!
Here is a touching post shared by a PTN parent: March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month & March 25th is CP Day. Every year we ask all of our friends & family to wear green to help raise awareness for our amazing warriors. 💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚 Even though C is only 6 years old, he has been through so much in his short life & is definitely an old soul. Because of HIE/CP he's learned early on that he has to work three times harder than his classmate in everything because his body & brain have become his adversary. As he tells his body to do one thing, his brain has it do something different. He has to retrain his brain every day & learn new ways to move his body in the way he wants it to move. 💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚 Instead of days spent at parks, playgrounds or friend's houses, he spends most days in various therapies and doctor's offices to be able to do what comes naturally to us. He savors each bites when he can feed himself & relishes in each step he gets towards independence. He finds companionship with his therapists, teachers, aides, family members and some amazing friends he has made in preschool. 💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚 Because we were fortunate enough to have started him on his AAC early it helped C to find his voice early. It gives him confidence to surprise & shock people who underestimate him & even the people know how smart he is with new words & a deep understand of the world around him. One of his aides once told me of a time that they were visiting the front office at school. There were a few ladies there catching up and one of them cracked a joke, suddenly on the other side of the desk they heard a little belly laugh. They looked over & saw that C was laughing w/ them. 💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚 For now C can't tell us everything he wants to say, so for now until he can fully discover his voice or he let's us know what his thoughts & feelings are about CP, we are his advocates, we are his voice. I hope to share w/ you all about our HIE/CP life during this month w/what I know about it and someday when C is ready I hope he can tell you what it's like in his own words in whatever modality he chooses.
PTN's Board of Director Diane Petersen
Meet Diane Petersen, MD. A member of PTN’s Board of Directors featured as a Philanthropic Vanguard in the latest issue of Southbay Magazine. Diane recently retired after 30 years of working in the medical industry as a speech and language pathologist and then as a head and neck surgeon (ENT). In addition to serving on PTN’s Board, Diane serves on the Delta Delta Delta Foundation Board of Trustees. She is very active in the South Bay community and served as a board member and president of Sandpipers. Diane shares, “In these challenging times, charitable work presents an opportunity to bring both your professional and personal skills to helping those in our community every day. We all can make an impact. Anybody at any level can make a difference. I invite everyone to get involved in a local nonprofit and shed light on the work done right here in the South Bay that makes a real difference in people’s lives. As a physician and therapist, I am incredibly impressed by the work PTN is doing to help children reach their fullest potential.” Click the link below to learn more about Diane and why she supports PTN!
Building Successful Mealtimes
We are excited to introduce Building Successful Mealtimes, our new group program for children with feeding, eating, and swallowing difficulties. Building Successful Mealtimes is designed specifically for caregivers of young children six months to five years of age who have feeding delays, including oral-motor delays, sensory-based feeding issues, or dysphagia concerns. The program's goals are to advance the child's skills in feeding, eating, and swallowing. At the same time, caregivers learn strategies to use at home and in the community to promote positive mealtime experiences. If you are interested in joining this group program, contact Joan Surfus at joans@ptnmail.org. For more information, click the link.
Brave Talk
In our social skills and community integration program called Buddy Club, we teach kids social skills to stand up for themselves confidently. One of the strategies we use is called "Brave Talk," which describes the type of voice, facial expression, and body language used to express a want or need confidently or to stand up for yourself. Using Brave Talk involves: • A serious face (not mean or silly) • A serious voice (not too loud, soft, silly, or whiney) • Body language (body facing the other person with shoulders down, posture straight, and head up with eyes looking at the person you are talking to) • A calm body • Good personal space When you start to act bravely, you begin to feel brave, which can improve self-confidence levels. Brave Talk can be used when ordering from a menu, telling someone your opinion, asking to take a turn or join a game, asking for help, or standing up for yourself or others. If someone is doing something that you don't like, such as bullying you or someone else, Brave Talk is a tool you can use to tell them how it makes you feel and that you would like them to stop. By using Brave Talk, it often helps us feel braver and more confident, which can also prevent kids from becoming victims of bullying. Click the button to learn more about our social skills and community integration programs.
Summer 2020 Milestones Newsletter
Read about how our PTN community stepped up to ensure we continue to serve children during these trying times, learn about our new feeding clinic with specialized equipment, get to know Board member Mark Weinfeld, and more!
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