Yakima Symphony Orchestra to play a back-to-school concert at Children’s Village

Yakima Symphony at Children’s Village
Join us for a back to school concert!
4:00 pm
Thursday, August 27
Children’s Village Community Room

Yakima Symphony Conductor Lawrence Golan will perform a special mini-recital and visit with children, families, and community supporters of Children’s Village.
School supplies will be collected and distributed during the event for Village families, and a drawing will be held for a pair of season tickets to the Yakima Symphony Orchestra Classical Series.
If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact MaryLynne Brewington at 509.574.3209 or marylynnebrewington@yvmh.org

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Johnson Orchards and Yakima artists to raise funds for Children’s Village

On Saturday, August 29th local artists will set up shop among the trees at Johnson Orchards to raise money for Children’s Village.

All donations and 20% of sales go to support programs and services for children with special healthcare needs in our community.

Buy some art and support Children’s Village!

When: Saturday, August 29, 2015, 10am – 4pm

Where: Johnson Orchards, 4906 Summitview Avenue

For more information please contact Mary Lynne Brewington at 509-574-3257 or email at marylynnebrewington@yvmh.org or artintheorchardyakima@gmail.com

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My experience at Kid’s Club

Parents share their inspiring stories

“Eight-year-old David Miller couldn’t have been happier when he came to the summer kids club’s Kwik Lok Craft Day at Children’s Village on July 8. Having been in the kids club two years ago, David was glad to come back.

At the craft day, he and the other children glued plastic bread clips on a piece of paper. Each person used their clip as a head. Then, they drew outfitted stick figures to create their own characters. People also decorated water bottles. In those bottles, each kid added food coloring, glitter, and beads into the clear liquid. Other activities included hula-hooping, chalk drawing on the sidewalk, and eating popsicles.

Of all the things to explore at Kwik Lok Craft Day, a small fan caught David’s attention. David had borrowed it from one of the leaders; he had a hard time letting go of it. Although the young boy loves to interact with his peers at kids club, his mother Margaret says that he likes to wander and have his space as well.

David was diagnosed with autism right before his third birthday. By the time he was four, his loving and determined family seeked help from the Village. To achieve this, they joined the Holland and Parent to Parent support groups. There, Margaret shared the obstacles she faces  in raising a special needs child.

“When you reveal that to people outside of the special needs circle, they look at you like you are evil,” Margaret says. “Special needs parents just accept you as one of their own.”

David’s parents weren’t the only ones to find acceptance, for their son joined the One 2 One recreation program for special needs children. One 2 One allowed David to be himself without being judged. Meanwhile, he learned communication and social skills at the Village’s friendship classes. The summer kids club though, has given David the social outlet he needs. According to his mother, people can no longer tell that he has autism. David’s family does not have to think about a meltdown being triggered in public, especially when attending a holiday event.

This fall, David will be in third grade. But for now, the Miller family hopes to continue his involvement in both the Village and its summer kids club; the Kwik Lok Craft Day is just a start.”


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Register for the Yakima County Autism Symposium, August 11-12

This summer on August 11-12, the Yakima County Autism Symposium will be held at ESD-105 on 33 S. 2nd Ave. Lasting from 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. each day, this event allows people to see autism from different perspectives (or new lenses as the slogan on the flier suggests). According to Children’s Village manager and autism coach Cindy Carroll, the symposium is a meeting of community members in Yakima to discuss concerns surrounding the development of programming for children with social-emotional, communication, and behavioral needs. Another purpose of the symposium is to support and educate others on the best practices for individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

Sessions will include various activities and demonstrations, as well as Tuesday afternoon field trips to Lynchpin Foundation and the Resource Fair at Children’s Village. Presenters will also bring insight and give hope to educators and families. Dr. Diane Liebe is the symposium’s Keynote Speaker. Currently, she is Medical Director and a Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician at Children’s Village. Involved with many programs throughout Washington State, Dr. Liebe plans to talk about the Spectrum of Autism and have a Q&A session afterwards. Then, the Views from Our Shoes youth panel from Children’s Village are expected to reunite and share their firsthand experiences with autism. To assure that each person leaves with new information and techniques, the sessions will be repeated. Thus, no one should have to worry about missing a thing. Breakfast and lunch will be provided as well.

The Yakima Autism Community Symposium is sponsored by numerous organizations as listed:  Children’s Village, Lynchpin Foundation, Parent-to-Parent, Yakima Valley Farmworker’s Clinic, Catholic Family & Child Services, and Family Counseling and Autism Consulting.

If interested, please register for the symposium at ESD105.org. Seating is limited so sign up ASAP.

For more information, contact:

Mary Winterfeld


(509) 454-5304

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A Journey to the Social World

My son Luis has been coming to Children’s Village for nearly nine years. He was nonverbal upon entering this facility. In fact, the only two words he knew were “Ma” and “Pa”.

Soon, Luis was diagnosed with autism. Children’s Village has helped him so much with therapy. Now, he is able to talk and carry a conversation with someone. But like anybody else, Luis has struggles. For instance, he is very shy and doesn’t like to go out in public. Even going to the grocery store feels like torture to him. So I brought him to last summer’s social skills camp.

This program encouraged my son to socialize and interact with people in the world. The camp also allowed him to play with the other children. I would like to thank the staff at Children’s Village for treating our family with respect. My husband and I do not speak English, but the Village still gave us the hospitality we needed. I am grateful for all that you do.

-Luis’s mom

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View from my shoes

By Ciara Hansen, Children’s Village intern

My name is Ciara Hansen, and I am a recent graduate of Naches Valley High School. In the past four years, I have been a reporter for Unleashed, a high school journalism program. Unleashed publishes teens’ stories, photos, and artwork in the Yakima Herald-Republic.  Being a member of this team has enhanced my writing and taught me new interviewing skills. This summer, I am interning at Children’s Village, where I will use these abilities to write articles for blogs and newsletters. I believe that my past experiences will also give me a unique advantage in telling the Village’s stories and developing a greater understanding of its families.

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At the age of three, I was diagnosed with autism; autism was something that people were just becoming aware of during this time. My parents did extensive research to help me overcome my challenges. Determined to work through the process with me, my family used holistic and traditional methods. My parents also made sure that I interacted with people and was introduced to my surroundings. Without language, I found it difficult to convey my emotions. It wasn’t until kindergarten when I learned to talk and finally began to explore the world around me. Even then, I still had room to grow.

My parents collaborated with teachers and paraprofessionals to help me both socially and academically. In school, I struggled with reading and math. Comprehending a story or set of instructions was one of my weaknesses. Years of tutoring and guidance from my family and teachers eventually led to academic improvement. As a result, special education and paraprofessionals were no longer required for me. Starting in fifth grade, I moved to general education. Since then, I became studious and driven. It was important for me to improve. This helped me succeed in middle and high school.

Socializing with others was another obstacle. Due to limited communication in primary school, I often felt out of place and judged by my classmates. I kept to myself at school and was quiet and shy. In the end, my fear of rejection had created a wall between me and my peers. By the time I was in high school, this had changed. Getting involved in extracurricular activities such as Unleashed, National Honor Society, and choir allowed me to meet people with common interests. My loved ones have also showed me that autism is a small part of who I am, not who I am entirely. In fact, autism has made me a stronger person and has given me the chance to develop my own perspective. Still, I have my struggles and personal insecurities, but I take it one day at a time.

In my sophomore year, I did a story for Unleashed about Children’s Village’s services and autism resources. As I interviewed Parent to Parent coordinator Tracie Hoppis, she asked me to talk about my autism experiences at the annual Views from My Shoes presentation. Giving hope to families of autism made me realize that there are people who accept me as I am. I also saw how my story could inspire others. Feeling empowered by the Village, I chose to do my senior project there by leading its November and March teen clubs. I was invited to speak at Views from My Shoes again this past spring. I was honored to return to the Views from My Shoes panel. I was also invited to the Yakima Autism Community Symposium at ESD-105 on August 11-12. I am looking forward to speaking at this event and sharing my experiences with the community.

I am also excited to attend Central Washington University this fall. At CWU, I intend to major in Elementary Education, and graduate with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree. Going to college will build my skills for my career, my independence, and ability to help others in the future.  I have always been passionate about working with children. Volunteering at Children’s Village has given me confidence in my leadership skills and ability to connect with others.

I can’t wait to give back through this wonderful internship.  Writing articles about the Village will help give it the credibility that it deserves in the Yakima Valley. Because the Village’s families supported me with my story through Views from My Shoes, I am privileged to support them by telling their stories.


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Save the date! Yakima County Autism Symposium – Aug. 11-12

Save the date! Yakima County Autism Symposium – Aug. 11-12

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Nutrition Classes for families of Children’s Village

Beginning on June 26th, Washington State University will be holding FREE nutrition classes for families of Children’s Village (9 classes total). These classes will teach participants how to eat healthier, read food labels, make quick, healthy meals and much more. Those that attend will also receive FREE take-home items, FREE food samples, and a Certificate of Graduation!

Classes will be held every Friday night from 6:30-8:30pm in “Barn A” at Children’s Village.


For more information contact:

Felix Espinoza, Nutrition Educator  EFNEP

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Run Your ACE Off!

Your local ACE Hardware and Les Schwab Tires are sponsoring the upcoming “Run Your Ace Off” 5K Walk/Run to support local miracles around our Valley.

Proceeds from this event benefit the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Department at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, as well as programs and services at Children’s Village, which serves Central Washington children with special health care needs and their families.

Memorial is one of 170 nonprofit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals that treat severely injured and ill children in the U.S. and Canada.

Date: Saturday, June 27th
Where: ACE Hardware Distribution Center – 7702 Duffield Road, Moxee

Time: Registration at 8:00am and the Walk/Run starts at 9:00am

To register please print out the form and waiver here and mail (with payment) to:

Carla Fickel

Ace Hardware RSC

7702 Duffield Road

Moxee, WA 98936

About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds for 170 nonprofit hospitals across North America to treat severely injured and ill children. When a donation is given it stays in the community, helping local kids. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4.4 billion, most of it $1 at a time. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of the organization’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.

About Memorial Family of Services

Memorial Family of Services is the largest employer in Central Washington’s Yakima County, with some 2,500 employees who share the organization’s core purpose:  to inspire people to thrive. Memorial Family of Services includes Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital – a 226-bed, acute-care, nonprofit community hospital – as well as primary care practices and specialty care services, including high-quality cardiac care, a continuum of cancer care, nationally-recognized home health and hospice care, and advanced services for children with special health care needs. Visit Memorial online at yakimamemorial.org or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/yakimavalleymemorialhospital), Twitter (www.twitter.com/Yakima_Memorial) or Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/yvmh).


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