Sarah Hayes is magic. The positive impact she has on my son’s life (and my) is immeasurable. It is so hard to describe what she does because I don’t even fully understand it, even though I am always right there with her and my son. We’ve been seeing Sarah since my son was 2 weeks old, and he will be turning 5 years old in a few months. We initially saw her for support with nursing, but it quickly became much more than that. Within my son’s first year of life, he was diagnosed with a rare micro-gene deletion and as a result is followed by a number of specialists both locally and at the IWK children’s hospital.
Sarah Hayes sees our son as a whole person. Every time we visit her, she looks at my son at that given moment and determines right then and there what she will focus on that morning. She has no predetermined notion about what treatment should look like for my son.
When my son was still an infant, most appointments with Sarah were challenging. She pushed him (and me). She saw his potential and held high expectations. Through her knowledge and guidance, my son met all of his major developmental milestones (sitting, crawling, walking). She continues to work with him to support additional gross and fine motor movements, and to also encourage his body to move in the most efficient manner. My son now melts into her arms and soaks up all of the love and “magic” she has to offer.
Sarah has not only been – and continues to be – an incredible support to my son’s development. She has also become one of the specialists I hold in very high esteem. I run many questions by her and trust her thoughtful, logical, research-based responses. She works from her heart. It is a great privilege to be in her presence.