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Employment History

Social Studies Teacher

Oxford High School and Kenneth

Education



Commerce Insurance Company



Early Interventions

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Justin Matthew Stockhaus was born on January 12, 2000 by emergency c-section at St. Vincent's Hospital in Worcester, Ma.Justin is the son of Kara (Langevin) '97, who is a Social Studies teacher at Oxford High School and Kenneth '98, who is a Claims Adjuster at Commerce Insurance Company.

Due to complications at birth, Justin was born without a heartbeat.After 13 minutes of CPR Justin finally began to breathe and keep a pulse on his own.Shortly after being born Justin was transferred to the NICU at UMASS Memorial Hospital in Worcester, MA.Initially Justin's diagnosis was "grave" and his parents were forewarned to prepare for the worst case scenario.Although Justin's condition slowly improved he was still without a suck/swallow reflex and was unable to feed on his own.Doctors then recommended that he have a g-tube surgically placed in his stomach for feeding.The night before the surgery Justin began to feed on his own and he avoided the surgery.A few weeks later, on Valentine's Day, Justin was finally discharged from the NICU.
Shortly after his first birthday Justin was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and began to receive therapy and services through the Early Interventions program.Since his third birthday Justin has graduated from Early Interventions and is receiving therapy and services through the Webster Public School System.
Currently Justin is enrolled at the Commerce Insurance Company Day Care.Every day he takes the school bus to Bartlett High School where the public pre-school program is located.While at pre-school Justin works very hard with his therapists who help him with physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.During pre-school he also enjoys visiting his Grandma Karen and Grandpa Rene Langevin '62, who work at the high school, by using his gait trainer walker.Even though he has made great progress and improvements since starting therapy, Justin is still unable to walk on his own and all of his motor skills are effected.
In order to help Justin "get over the hump" his family is planning on enrolling him in a program outside of school that is not covered by health insurance.This intense exercise program involves the use of Suit Therapy.The Suit Therapy would involve Justin being fitted with a "suit" of straps and cords that are used to "align his body and provide resistance, which leads to muscle strengthening and ultimately, increasing mobility."They are attempting to raise funds for Justin to attend a three-week suit therapy program in Brewster, NY that would also cover the cost of transportation and lodging.
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A trust fund has been created for Justin in order to help finance this costly treatment at the Webster Five Cents Savings Bank in Webster, MA. For information regarding fundraisers and donations, please contact the trustee of the account, Kara's sister, Jennifer (Langevin) ‘95 Fulone.

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