Kate’s story is not too different from that of many other children or adults with developmental disabilities. Causes are often attributed to genetic disorders or trauma at some point in their lives; Kate’s story is quite similar. Kate started her life with a normal birth and was meeting expected developmental milestones until 14 months of age. She was walking at that time. She contracted meningitis and went into a coma for about a week. The meningitis left her with profound mental retardation and a sever seizure disorder. She regressed to functioning on a several-months age level at discharge from the hospital. She was also irritable, with crying behaviors and negative reactions to many stimuli. At that time she did not wish to be touched or held.
Kate’s family needed some help with her care and she was placed in a family living home in 1987. Kate had some very unique needs. She needed many different therapies and required a lot of physical care. Her first two homes worked for a few years, but did not work out long term. Kate found her home and life sharing caregiver in 1991 and has been there ever since. Now, Kate enjoys an everyday life with the collaborative help and support from her entire treatment team.