Joseph Burnett, the son of Thomas and Sarah Waters, will be honored as a Floyd Valley Healthcare Hot Shot at the February 2nd Musketeer game against the Omaha Lancers. Joseph is a kind and resilient 14 year old that is always to help others. After being born two months premature, he had skull expansion surgery as an infant and has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and spastic cerebral palsy in his young life. He works closely with pediatrician Dr. Jolene Meis and the Floyd Valley Therapies team to guide him through his complex diagnoses.
ADHD manifests by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development. ASD is a developmental disability caused by differences in the brain. While those with autism may look like everyone else, they may behave, communicate, interact and learn in ways that are different from most people. People who have been diagnosed with both ASD and ADHD often face more serious challenges than people with either diagnosis alone. They can struggle with self-care and daily living skills and have more severe social and cognitive issues. ODD is a behavioral disorder often linked to ASD. Children with ODD are uncooperative, defiant, and hostile toward peers, parents, teachers, and other authority figures.
Spastic Cerebral Palsy (CP) is the most common form of CP, affecting about 80% of people. People with spastic CP have increased muscle tone, characterized by muscle stiffness and can cause their movements can be awkward, stiff and jerky. This can make basic movements difficult or even impossible. CP is caused by abnormal brain development or damage to the developing brain. The incidence of CP in the US is 1 in 345 births.
Please join us in celebrating Joseph, our February Hot Shot!
The Sioux City Musketeers, in partnership with Floyd Valley Healthcare (FVH) began the Hot Shots program in 2018. This program was created with the goal of honoring FVH pediatric patients who have chronic health issues. We are excited to give children an opportunity to have a fun time with their family, cheer on the team and just enjoy being a kid for a night.
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