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Akron Children's Hospital Mahoning Valley offers infant therapy program

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BOARDMAN TOWNSHIP, Ohio - They say two heads are better than one and Alyson Hardman agrees not because she's a mom to twin boys, but because of what two women at Akron Children's Hospital have been able to do for her little ones who were born 13 weeks premature and are developing slower than their peers.

"I am glad I am home with them all of the time. I get to see all of the little milestones that they are doing. It is just overwhelming," Hardman said.

Aiden and Andrew Hardman have been working with Akron Children's Hospital Mahoning Valley's Infant Therapy Team which is comprised of therapists specializing in physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and nutrition.

Rather than making appointments with individual therapists, parents now are able to meet with a team of therapist who work closely with doctors to devise individual treatments plan.

"Each child has different needs, so we are not going to see them if they are doing well in one area. That means that a family can focus more on the areas they are having troubles with," said Infant Therapy Team Coordinator Nancy Hanek.

In addition to their therapy at the hospital, the Hardman boys are put to work at home.

The therapists give Alyson things to work on at home with the boys so they get the most out of their rehabilitation.

Therapists say the earlier they can identify delays and make individual plans to correct them, the better chance a child has at overcoming them.

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