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University of Tennessee at Martin's Infant Stimulation Program


Caidence Raymond
Caidence Raymond is a loving 9 month old with a very contagious smile. She was born with the genetic chromosome condition, Down Syndrome. This condition can slow development of speech, motor, and cognitive skills. Caidence's parents were shocked by the news and were unsure of the next steps to help their daughter. Tennessee's Early Intervention System referred Caidence's family to the University of Tennessee at Martin's Infant Stimulation Program for services. At 5 months of age, Caidence and her family began home visits with an Early Interventionist from the program. These visits focused on her learning to reach for things, feeding skills, rolling, and sitting up.

With the efforts of Caidence's Early Interventionist at the UTM Infant Stimulation program supporting Caidence's family through daily routines, Caidence is now reaching, playing with toys, rolling and sitting by herself. Most of her initial goals have been achieved, but since the program will be with them up until Caidence turns 3 new goals will be identified to work towards. Mom reports that Caidence went from relying on her family to being a very strong willed girl.

Dad is proud of his "Princess" and gives credit to the UTM Infant Stimulation Program for providing the tools to support the family in helping her succeed. With the assistance of the UTM Infant Stimulation Program and the Lions Club WPSD Local 6 Telethon of Stars, the family cannot wait to see what the future holds for Caidence.