Message from the CEO on 4.22.20
Dear PTN Families,

I hope that you, your family, and your friends are safe and healthy. I continue to be moved by the stories of perseverance, hope, and success that our families and staff are sharing. The complete mobilization of our staff to provide remote services has been remarkable. And the milestone moments we have witnessed when the whole family is involved in and empowered by telehealth sessions have been inspirational.

I wanted to update you on our timeline for providing remote services. We previously shared that remote services would last through May 1. To maintain efforts to socially distance and do our part to protect and care for our clients, families, staff, and the community, we’ve decided to continue remote services until further notice. If you have questions about how to access remote services for your child, please reach out to your therapist or program leader. I also encourage you to visit our parent resource page for at-home activities for your family. In the meantime, you can support PTN by signing up for or continuing to use our telehealth remote services.

Information on COVID-19 evolves continuously, and we are vigilantly monitoring daily updates and announcements from the State of California, Departments of Public Health, Department of Developmental Services, and local school districts to determine future decisions for providing in-person services. PTN will resume in-person services when we feel it’s safe for our children, families, and staff.

We appreciate your support as we work together to ensure the health of our children, families, and staff.


Terri Nishimura, MA, OTR/L
Chief Executive Officer
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.
Watch this ABC7 story to learn more about the virtual services we are providing our children and families!
May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!
Learn how to make simple signs and how to encourage toddlers to use them with PTN's speech-language pathologist Ally Wilcox!
Graduation for Former PTN Client
May 15, 2020 was an extraordinary day for a member of the PTN family. It was the day that former PTN client Rachel Handlin graduated from college! Jay, Rachel's dad, shares, "In the global Down syndrome population, college degree recipients are literally one in a million. On May 15, Rachel Handlin will earn her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in photography and media from the prestigious California Institute of the Arts. First and foremost, she's reaching that milestone because of her talents and abilities, her unique vision, and her endless hard work. But to get there, she needed support from an incredible team: parents, therapists, aides, teachers, tutors, friends." Rachel was PTN’s first Junior Ambassador and we couldn’t be more proud of her!
PTN's YouTube Page
Check out our YouTube page for fun activities children can do at home.
Winter Milestones Newsletter
Our Milestones Newsletter is out! Read Leah's experience as part of the PTN family, get to know PTN therapist Abbie Gregory, get tips on selecting the right toy for your child and more! Click the link to download your copy of our Winter Milestones.
Physical Therapy Through Telehealth
PTN parent shares her excitement about the first time doing physical therapy through Telehealth, "First time with Telehealth PT! We made our first balance beam. Thanks Mr. Sam!" The whole family was involved in the session and siblings are helping make a more colorful beam for the next time.

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