Funding Isn’t Keeping up with Need for Online Therapy for Babies and Toddlers
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Hana Abdel Mawgoud, 2, sat on a green blanket on the living room floor, propped up against her mother. On a cell phone in front of them was the face of Benny Delgado, Hana’s developmental therapist, who meets with the toddler once a week to help her reach important toddler milestones like standing and talking.
“How have things been going for you?” Delgado asked Hana’s mother, Sara Abdelmoaty. He paused as a translator listening in to the video call repeated his question in Arabic.
“She was saying she’s OK, she’s fine,” the translator responded a moment later, adding that recently the toddler has been using a special frame to stand up for 25 minutes at a time, an increase from previous weeks.
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