We did not know where Elizabeth would be receiving therapy in Texarkana. We had tried another facility in town that was recommended by our Rehab doctor, but were unable to get any of our phone calls returned. God led us to Temple through a member of our church family who mentioned Temple Rehabilitation and the excellent care her son received there. I called Temple on Monday, November 14th, 2016 and explained everything to Ms. Melody. She sensed our urgency and had me come in that afternoon to get all of the paperwork squared away. Ms. Melody and Ms. Lisa worked their magic and we had an assessment appointment set up with Ms. Brenda and Ms. Mia on Wednesday, November 16th. Those wonderful therapists worked hard and fast to get Elizabeth set to start therapy on Monday, November 21st, 2016. In three days, we went from not knowing how our daughter was going to get therapy, to being completely set and ready to go for physical and occupational therapy. This was a huge weight lifted off our shoulders and we are so grateful that God led us to Temple Rehabilitation.
The saying, "It takes a village to raise a child" is a wise proverb referring to a "community of different people interacting with children...to experience and grow in a safe environment." Since beginning therapy at Temple Memorial Rehabilitation Center in the fall of 2015, Raelynn Wolf has discovered an indispensable part of our village. She thrives working in group sessions and flaunting advancements to a crowd, hence earning her the title of "Diva." In December 2018, her very first steps were recorded while surrounded by proud therapists. Raelynn's life journey has been challenging, but she has proven herself to be a warrior princess throughout the struggles. The first three months of her life were spent in Arkansas Children's Hospital due to several conditions stemming from a rare chromosome abnormality. After being intubated for six surgeries and aspirating frequently, she developed an extreme oral aversion. Her weight loss and underdevelopment of muscles resulted in a failure to thrive diagnosis.
Her physical therapist recommended Raelynn’s parents meet a mother feeding her child by g-tube. Shortly after that meeting, Raelynn became a "tubie" and was able to receive nutrition in a less stressful manner. The loving patience of our speech therapists encouraged Raelynn to explore food using her senses and accept small amounts by mouth. A communication barrier exists with her limited ability to speak and use sign language. Thanks to this therapy center, Raelynn's mother attended a LAMP workshop recently to better understand this technology that further enhances communication skills for children with special needs. Over the past few months, Raelynn encountered several health concerns due to the reoccurrence of seizures and infections. Therapy friends greatly missed their patient during this time and regularly checked on her progress. We had to take several steps backward, but every day she grows in strength, stubbornness, and will to succeed. Temple Memorial Rehabilitation Center's attitude toward its patients adheres to Temple Grandin's quote, "There needs to be a lot more emphasis on what a child can do instead of what he cannot do." Our family has been blessed to join this "village" dedicated to enriching young lives.
1315 Walnut St.
Texarkana, Texas 75501
Who are we?
For over 60 years, Temple Memorial Rehabilitation Center has been providing Occupational, Physical, Speech and Autism Therapy to children in the Texarkana area. As a 501-(c)3 non-profit our mission is simple – to provide exceptional services to ensure that all people with disabilities, special needs, or functional limitations have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their community. Temple Memorial Rehabilitation Center is the only non-profit rehabilitation facility in this area that specializes in pediatric therapy. Our therapist treat more than 100 kids a day. Our staff and volunteers are committed to making a difference in the lives of those we serve.
Brandon Cogburn—Vice Chairman
Sandy Varner CEO