Written by Rachel Reinsch
Illustrated by Monique Cheri Welsh
Rachel Reinsch is a dance educator for the New York City Department of Education with a Master's Degree in Special Education. She has 20 years of experience teaching dance and is passionate about young children's ability to express themselves through movement and dance. Rachel learned about clubfoot while pregnant with her first child, Maximus. After he was born, she found a doctor familiar with the Ponseti method, the standard practice for correcting his deformity. After a series of casts, Max was given a brace known as boots and bar, which he had to wear 23 hours a day for three months. Afterward, he was able to switch to night time wear (12 hours while he sleeps). At less than one year old, Max is already crawling up stairs, standing on his own, and beginning to walk with assistance. Soon he will be dancing with his pets and doing the barnyard boogie!
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