The Hodge Dyers
Sabrina feels Parents as Teachers has been a lifeline for her family.
Sabrina is a mother of four and had been working with Parents as Teachers educator Kathy for seven years. Sabrina's youngest, Finnley, was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome which caused half of his heart to stop functioning. Finnley underwent five surgeries in his first months of life. Today, he has a paralyzed vocal cord and struggles with his speech.
Parents as Teachers has been instrumental in helping Finnley stay on track with his development so his disability doesn't define his learning. Kathy continues to work with Sabrina to improve Finnley's speech, building upon the therapy he receives through First Steps.
Parents as Teachers also offered her new ideas and insights on how to interact with each of her children in a way that best suits each child's individual needs. Kathy helped Sabrina modify her parenting style with Theryn, now 6, by encouraging him to read words on the cereal box and signs while driving. "That was the biggest thing I learned from Parents as Teachers. Every kid learns differently."