Crawl Walk Jump Run's Halloween Costume Contest on October 31, 2016
Congratulations to our costume contest winners!
Thank you to everyone who participated in our Halloween Costume Contest. We saw many creative costumes from Race Car Drivers to Princesses, and Dalmatians to Minnie Mouse!
Congratulations to our first place costume contest winners (pictured on the right)! Vallory won our patient costume contest as a Ghost Bride and Aprielle won our staff costume contest as Dory.
Great job ladies and Happy Halloween!
The Brain Injury Association of Michigan's Annual Fall Conference on September 22 and 23 of 2016
The BIAMI Conference is continually a wonderful opportunity to meet other facilities and organizations who can assist with individuals who have a traumatic brain injury. The BIAMI Conference also provides CWJR the opportunity to further education through workshops and seminars.
Furthermore, the CWJR team always love the opportunity to meet many TBI survivors, who truly provide hope and encouragement to so many.
Michigan Autism Conference on September 15, 2016
We were happy to attend the Michigan Autism Conference this year!
Here members of our ABA Staff met with leaders within the field of autism, ASD and ABA. They additionally had the opportunity to attend workshops and seminars to further their education within these fields.
The MAC Conference was a great opportunity to also share of CWJR's therapeutic services and disciplines, as well as learn what other facilities offer that can greatly benefit our patients.
10 Year Patient Appreciation Picnic & Celebration on August 13, 2016
Autism Alliance of Michigan's Autism Hero Walk on July 31, 2016
Crawl Walk Jump Run had a wonderful time at the Autism Alliance of Michigan's Autism Hero Walk!
Crawl Walk has been blessed with the opportunity to participate in this event two years in a row, and love seeing the event grow.
The CWJR Team also greatly enjoyed witnessing the animals first-hand early in the morning as they strolled around the Detroit Zoo to raise awareness for autism.
We hope to see you at this wonderful event next year!
11th Annual Out & About Autism 5K Run/Walk on June 18, 2016
CWJR had a blast at the Macomb/St.Clair Autism Society of Michigan's 11th Annual Out & About Autism 5K Run/Walk! This was just one of many wonderful fundraisers within the community to help raise money for autism.
Over $16,000 were raised from this event for Macomb/St.Clair's local autism chapter!
Michigan Health & Rehab Conference on April 21, 2016
MDA Muscle Walk on April 2, 2016
Navigating Autism Conference on March 4, 2016
We were happy to see everyone there!
Friends of Different Learners Conference on January 28, 2016
CWJR's Halloween Zumba Class on October 20, 2015
We hosted our spooktacular Halloween Zumba class on Tuesday, October 20. With fun music, dancing, and laughter, everyone enjoyed time with one another as our Zumba instructor guided us along through adaptive dances for everyone to enjoy and participate in.
In the good spirit of the season, everyone dressed up in Halloween costumes and danced to fun Halloween songs such as Monster Mash and Ghost Busters. Halloween Zumba was an awesome success. CWJR would like to thank all those who attended, especially our special visitors. The class just wouldn't have been the same without the appearance of so many dressed in costume. Thank you!
Autism Society of Michigan Fall Conference on October 19, 2015
CWJR participated in the 2015 Autism Society of Michigan Fall Conference this year! This conference took place in Grand Rapids and featured many different organizations helping and supporting those suffering from Autism.
The keynote speaker, Paula Kluth, was a wonderful addition to the event. She provided insightful information on how to adapt learning and appropriate behavioral teaching for those suffering from Autism to educators, family members and more. Check out what else she has to share on Autism by clicking here!
Walk Now for Autism Speaks in Detroit on October 4, 2015
Brain Injury Association of Michigan Fall Conference: September 16-18, 2015
CWJR was extremely excited to be a part of the Brain Injury Association of Michigan Fall Conference again this year.
We were happy to meet and converse with people and organizations who care deeply for their patients' recovery, success, and happiness.
CWJR was blessed to share who are clinic is, what we do, and how we are able to help so many with neurological disorders, like Traumatic Brain Injuries, through use of our therapeutic tools and services. We are excited to continue learning more about the TBI community and find additional ways on how we can assist our patients suffering from TBI's.
We wanted to share a little of our experience at the conference with you! View our slideshow gallery to catch a glimpse of the Brain Injury Association of Michigan Fall Conference, and even see our 2015 conference prize winner!
Read more about the Brain Injury Association of Michigan Fall Conference by clicking here and viewing our blog post about the conference.
CWJR's Zumba class on July 14, 2015
At Crawl Walk Jump Run, we love having our patients participate in activities right at our clinic. This year, we were so blessed to have a wonderful Zumba instructor, Michelle, come to our clinic to conduct not one, but two full Zumba classes for our patients!
With lots of laughs and excitement throughout, everyone (staff included!) had a blast following along with the dance moves presented by our instructor.
Believe it or not, Zumba is a great way for our patients to receive exercise and therapy. Whether the participants realized it, through the activity of Zumba, they “secretly” were working their muscles through cardio, enhancing coordination, and progressing their motor planning! Through mirroring the instructor and learning choreography, all while moving to a beat, everyone was ensuing the benefits of motor planning.
Seeing the wonderful benefits of Zumba not only for our patients, but even for our staff as well, we are hopeful to bring more Zumba classes to our clinic - for all ages!
Read more by visiting our blog on the Zumba class experience by clicking here.
The Autism Alliance of Michigan's Walk for Autism Heroes on June 28, 2015 at the Detroit Zoo
At the event, we had many members of our CWJR
team and their family walk to raise awareness and money for Autism. Along the
1.5 mile loop around the zoo, the members were able to see the beauty of the
animals while walking with the hundreds of other fundraiser attendees.
Not only were there animals, but there were many superheroes walking around as well! This was a wonderful event that raised over $40,000 to be used towards many of the Autism Alliance of Michigan's programs. CWJR was so happy to be a part of this wonderful event!
Out & About Autism 5K Run/Walk for the Autism Society on June 20, 2015
Articles about CWJR and their patients
By Melissa Deatsch, For The Macomb Daily
Crawl Walk Jump Run Therapy Clinic is
adding another action verb for one patient this summer -- ride.
The therapy clinic specializing in neuromotor disorders gave away a free bicycle last week to one patient.
Stephanie Serafimovski, owner of CWJR Therapy Clinic, feels the bike giveaway would provide a unique opportunity to one of her patients.
“It was something in my heart that I wanted to do,” Serafimovski said. “We decided to do a bike giveaway because so many people want an adaptive tricycle but are unable (to afford it.)”
The adaptive tricycle is used quite often in the therapy at CWJR, according to Serafimovski. This was the first bike giveaway by the therapy clinic but she says they plan on making it an annual event.
Fliers were posted around the clinic in late winter asking patients to enter a contest to win a free bike by writing an essay on why they think they deserve it. The essays were reviewed by a third
Alexis has been at CWJR for around two years. Her father, Carl Shafer, said throughout her time at CWJR she has seen many different types of therapy.
“When we started therapy, we started out with speech,” Shafer said. “The therapist then said Occupational Therapy would help. (The OT) noticed her core wasn’t that strong so we also started PT, as they saw she was ‘tip-toe walking’. The other day she started walking on her flat foot and that’s so good for her.”
On June 9, Alexis was awarded her new adaptive tricycle just in time to enjoy it for the summer. Her father says she rides with the biggest smile on her face. Alexis doesn’t talk often but while she rides the bike, she will look up to her dad and say “awesome.”
“I would always feel bad when she would see other kids ride by on bikes,” said Shafer. “I feared she would never be able to ride a bike. That fear is gone now and it is such a surprise”
Crawl Walk Jump Run is located in Clinton Township and has been in business since 2006. They are a therapy clinic dedicated to helping patients with neurological disorders reach their full potential. They also provide treatment in occupational and speech therapy.
Alexis Shafer rides her brand new bike while Dad, Carl Shafer, walks alongside.
SHELBY TWP. (WWJ) – Thanks to modern technology and medical breakthrough, a metro Detroit boy with cerebral palsy is experiencing a miracle.
We first met the Kijeks last January and between smiles and laughter, we met Drew. Diagnosed with cerebral palsy shortly after birth, life with Drew hasn’t been easy.
“If he tried sitting and we let him go for even a split second, he would just tip over because he didn’t have any balance,” Drew’s mother Maureen Kijek told WWJ’s Kathryn Larson.
But now a new door has opened for the Shelby Township boy. Drew was one of the first children in the world to participate in a procedure to treat his cerebral palsy with the use of cord blood stem cells.
“He would always get very frustrated, being trapped in a body that doesn’t work. And so for me to see him smile and to see the look of contentment on his face and pride when he does something, however small that it might seem to other people, it’s huge for him. You know, the fact that he’s doing two things at once, he’s sitting independently, he’s able to use his hands where before he could only really do one little thing at a time,” Kijek said.
The 12-year-old’s physical therapist Kathleen Lewandowski said she almost can’t believe her eyes. “For us, we were thrilled if he held his head up for five seconds, 10 seconds, 30 seconds, if he could track something consistently and for him to sit, I mean, it’s a miracle. I’ve been a therapist for 10 years and that doesn’t happen,” Lewandowski said.
Kijek, who banked her son’s stem cells at birth, said it’s nothing short of a miracle. “It’s incredible and it’s all those things that people think ‘Oh, it could never happen,’ or it’s science fiction or whatever, but it’s not. It’s just the body’s way of healing itself and getting back to the wholeness that it always wanted to be. And, you know, with the help of the stem cells, which replace the bad cells,” Kijek said. “I don’t see any reason why the FDA wouldn’t do this. It’s safe, it’s effective, it works.”
Shortly after we met Drew last year, the Kijeks flew to Georgia for the first of two FDA trial visits. Drew was fully awake for the procedure that involved intravenously injecting either his own stem cells or a placebo.
On high hopes, the family returned home but were met with frustration and heartache. During the twice weekly two-hour sessions at Crawl Walk Jump Run in Sterling Heights, Lewandowski said at first, she saw no signs the stems cells had made a difference.
“I mean, I was hoping, but the first they got the possible injection, I didn’t see a difference in him and that’s hard,” Lewandowski said.
“Between February and May, we didn’t see any changes, even though we had been working on these same sort of things, the same goals for many months,” Kijek said.
But in May, round two of Drew’s treatment came and this time, it was a miracle as the Kijek family shot home video of Drew sitting up on his own — for the first time in his life.
“It was incredible. I never thought I would see it, honestly, and to see if for the split second or the couple seconds that it was happening, made my day, made my week, my month. And then now, just a couple months later, you know, seeing him able to sit for minutes at a time, it’s incredible. I never thought that I would see that,” Kijek said.
Crawl Walk Jump Run owner, Stephanie Serafimovski, now believes Drew will continue to thrive.
“Really, it just gives me goose bumps because we’ve seen Drew just come so far, but he’s come really far in the last three months. So, with kids that have neurological issues, what might take a normal developing child just a few weeks to learn takes them months, if sometimes not years. So, what Drew has learned in the last three months has been, you know, unbelievable,” Serafimovski said.
And one day she believes Drew will be able to do much more.
“When you’re a baby, you learn how to get up on your elbows and then you learn how to get up on your hands and knees and you learn how to sit, and then from those positions you learn how to move into and out of them, and then eventually the goal is walking,” Serafimovski said.
But in the meantime, it’s all about the baby steps — from playing with rice and beans to sitting still for an episode of “The Wiggles,” and for Drew that means sitting calmly while doing different activities.
“And he comfortably goes in and out of these different poses, which is what we would do. You know, we would move normally between the different poses,” Lewandowski said.
Drew, who will return for a final FDA trial visit to the Georgia Regents Hospital at the end of year, still has more cord blood and Kijek said she’s actively seeking out other stem cells studies.
“The problem is that most of the studies that I have found that are out there are for younger children, not children that are past the age of two or six or whatever. The closer the time to the incident or the damage, the better, really, for studies sake. But we’re seeing that, I mean even after, he was 11 when he got his stem cells, so after 11 years it’s still making a difference,” Kijek said.
Still, Kijek remains hopeful and said she is just happy to see Drew come out of his shell and experience more of his world.