Carson’s March to Kindergarten
By: Greg and Lisa Ann Pilgrim
We adopted him and brought him home from the hospital at ten days old.
Carson Pilgrim’s birth was hard on him due to his birth mother’s long-term drug problem. At birth he had suck, swallow and breathing problems. At seven months his development stalled and he began in-home speech, physical and occupational therapy. When Carson turned two he was diagnosed with Sensory Processing and Apraxia Speech Disorders. By age three he was diagnosed with Epilepsy. Carson was approximately twenty-four months behind his same age peers in social and emotional development, due to all of the medical issues stemming from his almost fatal birth.
Before enrolling Carson in the Seeds of Learning preschool program we were fearful about when and if Carson would ever be able to enter mainstream kindergarten. However, a year and a half later, Carson is in fact scheduled to enter kindergarten with his same age peers. As scary as this seems, this is a blessing and an answer to prayer for us.
Seeds of Learning has helped prepare him for the “big school” as Carson sometimes calls it. Thanks to Seeds, Carson is now able to recognize and recite his alphabet and numbers to at least twelve. He is beginning to follow one and two step directions, and has started to join a portion of the group activities. Finally, his attention span has increased from seconds to minutes after attending preschool at Seeds of Learning.
As Carson’s parents, we are so grateful to Seeds of Learning staff and teachers for the time, attention, patience, concern and love they have shown to Carson and to us. Pagosa Springs is truly blessed to have such an incredible program.