Shepherd's Story

tags: Brachial Plexus and Peripheral Nerve Clinic

Shepard, a toddler, climbs on a toy.When Shepherd was born with little movement in his arm and shoulder, his parents Brooke and Andrew had never heard of brachial plexus injury. Determined to find the best treatment option for their son, Shepherd’s parents researched brachial plexus injuries and the programs that could offer the best hope for recovery. Their research led them to Kennedy Krieger. Although they would have to travel more than an hour to come to the Institute, at the conclusion of their first appointment, the family realized Kennedy Krieger would be a game changer for Shepherd.

The interdisciplinary team at the Brachial Plexus Clinic was able to put together a treatment plan that included occupational therapy. During therapy sessions, Shepherd’s therapist was able to stretch the muscles and work his arm to increase strength and use. The family also learned how to practice movements and stretches at home, and how to select toys that have a turning component to help improve specific movements.

Today, Shepherd is an active and energetic toddler who loves to climb and play catch with his father with few limitations. “From the very beginning of our journey with Kennedy Krieger, we have been so amazed at how each staff member has such a positive impact on us—from the time you enter the front door to the clinic staff, every staff member was just so positive and willing to help,” Brooke says. Read Shepherd’s story >