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Tennessee Center

University of Tennessee at Martin's Infant Stimulation Program

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Hunter is an amazing and resilient two-year-old boy who has come a long way since his birth. At birth, Hunter was diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome. As a result, Hunter had an extended stay in the neonatal intensive care unit. After 45 days, he was able to go home with his aunt and uncle. Along the way, Hunter has dealt with heart and lung issues but is determined to do the things other children his age are doing. With the assistance of Carrie Bush, the family's Early Interventionist with the Infant Stimulation Program, as well as his speech and physical therapists, Hunter's family has been able to help him learn to walk, run, and develop his communication skills. Hunter and his family started home-based services with the UT Martin Infant Stimulation Program when he was just 2 months old. Through the services of the Infant Stimulation Program, routines selected for intervention are positive and functional for both the child and the family. The family guides the selection of the intervention routines to enhance use of the child's skills and the potential for positive outcomes. With Hunter's fun-loving attitude and his family's willingness to participate and work with Hunter during everyday routines, the sky is the limit for this smart little boy. The UT Martin Infant Stimulation Program serves families such as Hunter's in Benton, Carroll, Henry, Lake, Obion, and Weakley counties in Northwest Tennessee.