Deanna Csomo McCool | Summer 2017
Perched on an orange ball taller than she is, Hope Kern giggles as her therapist tells her to stretch one of her long, thin arms and touch her image in a mirror.
“Come on, Hopey-Hope!” says Christy Bartek, a pediatric speech-language pathologist at the Children’s Therapy Center at Memorial Children’s Hospital in South Bend. “You can do it!”
Flashing an impish grin, Hope, 7, reaches one red-polished nail toward the mirror but then bends the other direction and pulls off her pink sandal, tossing it onto the ground instead. She lets out a “yay!” and flops onto her back over the ball, laughing.