Adam Ehlen

Adam Ehlen

Adam Ehlen has been a client with VIP Services since 1998.  Born prematurely with a number of developmental abnormalities at birth, Adam has spent most of his life in a wheelchair due to his cerebral palsy.  Adam is slightly developmentally delayed but is very much aware of the world around him.  People sometimes mistake Adam’s slow speech responses for a lack of understanding. They would be surprised to know that Adam is avid about doing cross word puzzles.  He also watches daily news reports and can identify more public figures in a meaningful way than most of the general public!

Adam attends the Day Services program at VIP Services five days a week and participates in a variety of activities including daily physical and mental orientation exercises, weekly music therapy and a variety of different life skills enrichment units.  Adam understands that he is totally dependent and works very hard to maintain his strength by propelling his wheel chair down the agency’s broad hallways with a goal of traveling 50-60 feet per journey.  Similarly, he works hard on his mat exercises to keep his muscles loose and prevent the painful cramping that used to regularly plague him. It takes great commitment on his part, but he is determined to stay strong.

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