Helping Children Find Their Voice

After facing weeks stuck in a boot, Nicole regained her ability to move freely and get back to her passion of helping children find their voice. 

Last year, Nicole Blades was excited to start her career as a Speech-Language Pathologist to help young children communicate. After graduating with her Master's from Northeastern University, Nicole moved to Providence with her dog, Chase to live with her sister and partner and begin a new career working in-home therapy with early intervention.  

“My favorite part of my job is seeing how quickly each child can gain a voice!” Nicole smiled. She loves being able to work on the fly coming up with new treatment strategies every day, most of which involves getting the kids up and moving.  

When she's not working, she's hanging out with her family, friends, and going for long walks with Chase. She also enjoys involving herself in the community. Every year Nicole jumps at the opportunity to participate in the Walk for Apraxia as a volunteer.  

Unfortunately, back in October, Nicole fell down the stairs and twisted her ankle making it difficult for her to keep up with her very active life. 

Luckily, Nicole didn’t break anything, but she was in a lot of pain and had to use a boot for a few weeks.  During her time in the boot, it was very difficult to get around, especially since most of her job involves driving. Keeping up with the children she works with and switching in and out of her boot all day long was exhausting, so Nicole had to begin working part-time to focus on her recovery.   

Once she was ready to get out of the boot, Nicole started physical therapy at the North Providence Clinic. “The team at Performance have worked with me to become stronger than I was before and have even motivated me to get back into the gym” Nicole smiled. Over the course of 3 months, Nicole hit her most crucial goals of getting outside to walk Chase and driving to work pain-free.  

Now, Nicole can incorporate movement into her sessions with ease, and can finally enjoy seeing the expression on a parent’s face when their child says a new word.  

Click here to learn more about what physical therapy is and what it can do to help you. If you are still not sure if physical therapy is what you need. Call 401.726.7100 and ask for a free 15-minute consultation with a physical therapist. 

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