By Mary Lynne Brewington
As I enjoy my morning cup of coffee, during this season of thanks, I get a excited thinking about the great day coming Friday, December 5th at Dutch Bros Coffee in Yakima. Dutch Bros Coffee will be sponsoring a toy drive for Parent to Parent’s Annual Holiday Festival at Children’s Village. For every new toy donated they will give a card good for a free coffee on your next visit. This is so important because we will be giving away over 250 toys at our three holiday festivals for children with special health care needs and their siblings this December!
That same day, Dutch Bros of Yakima will be hosting “Buck for Kids Day” on Friday, December 5th. For each drink sold, Dutch Bros of Yakima will donate $1.00 to Children’s Village.
Come have some coffee and show your support Friday, December 5, 2014! How awesome is that? I begin to add up all the coffee I drink in a day and wonder how much that could raise for “Buck for Kids Day” in support of Children’s Village. I think quite a lot if everyone stops and gets a coffee there on this special day!
Dutch Bros Coffee is open 4:30am-11:00pm and located at 6520 W. Nob Hill Blvd. So, plan your visit for Friday, December 5th and enjoy your coffee, while supporting Children’s Village. For more information call Children’s Village at 574-3200.
At a recent home visit, this father shared his appreciation about the care his child is receiving. He has been having physical therapy for several months for delayed motor skills.
“Our physical therapist from Children’s Village is wonderful! Her personality…bubbly….good information…happy face. She comes to our home and interacts with our child. She shows me how he needs to stand and how to support him. She’s really good at showing positions. She demonstrates and then shows me how to do it. She watches me do it and then makes suggestions. She’s always bringing a new toy to interest him. She communicates with him and talks to him. I would feel comfortable with her helping any of my children. She’s good at explaining why it is important to do certain things with him and how it will help him. The first time she came to our home, we worked on crawling. She showed me how to put toys or his cup away so he had to crawl to get it…”
Angel has been receiving physical therapy with Alison Longbottom, PT, PCS for many years at Children’s Village. When he was very young, he was afraid to move and he would not let Alison touch him.
But over the years, they have developed quite a friendship! Angel is a very happy little guy; he comes for physical therapy with Alison at Children’s Village on Friday afternoons. He experiences brittle bone disease (osteogenesis imperfecta) which causes his bones to break easily.
A year ago, during his therapy appointment with Alison, he achieved a big milestone by standing on his own. But that was outdone this week by a new milestone—walking not only with his walker but many steps on his own.
To practice walking, Alison develops games for Angel to play that require him to walk. Playing darts or Candyland are two ways walking has been incorporated into a fun game. Angel glows with pride at the success he experiences with improving his movement.
For more information on the services provided at Children’s Village click here or call (509) 574-3200.
Priscilla is a beautiful five-year-old girl who enjoys dancing, loves her iPad and going shopping with her mom Shannon. She also experiences Cerebral Palsy.
Priscilla’s first experience with Children’s Village was in March 2010. The Children’s Village therapist came to see Priscilla at her home when she was 5 months old.
Since that first visit, Priscilla has made a lot of progress with the help of services at Children’s Village. She received in-home physical therapy until she was three years old, as well as occupational therapy, speech therapy and even some hippo therapy. Priscilla’s mom Shannon has also utilized services at Children’s Village with the Parent to Parent program her own personal support with other mothers who share similar challenges.
Today Priscilla is a very active little girl who attends school in the Yakima School District. Her family is very thankful of the services offered by Children’s Village.
“If these services were not available in our area, our family would have relocated to Seattle. Children’s Village offers so many services to our Yakima Valley residents and we are proof. Priscilla had a spinal cord surgery in May 2014 at Seattle Children’s Hospital and our family had to stay there for four weeks in a hospital room. We could not wait to get home fast enough. This was a stressful time for all of us and Priscilla cried to come home to Yakima. Once home, we started Physical Therapy the next week and our life went back to normal because of Children’s Village.”
Save the date! Rascal Rodeo coming to the SunDome!
Yakima Campus – Yakima Valley Community College Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams have partnered with Children’s Village Parent to Parent program to host Mateo’s Mighty Warriors Basketball Camp. The camp will be held November 1, 2014 from 10:00am-11:30am and is open to Children’s Village kids and their siblings, ages 5 and over. Cost is $5 per child.
Children’s Village Parent to Parent program offers emotional support and information to families raising children with special health or developmental needs. In addition to parent support, the program offers sibling support, recreation and social opportunities, a newsletter, and disability awareness education through Kids on the Block puppets. For additional information: http://www.yakimachildrensvillage.org/family-support.asp.
Register by October 24. To register or for additional information contact 509.574.3266 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Meet John Jones
Greetings everyone! It is with great pleasure that I announce that I will be working at Children’s Village, helping to secure sponsorships for this amazing place! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is John Jones. I’ve been involved with Children’s Village from the very beginning; first as a child ambassador when I was younger, receiving physical therapy sessions for cerebral palsy and then later after a major hip surgery for rehabilitation.
Due to the programs at the Village I was able to attend the University of Denver as an Opera Vocalist and Classical Music Composition student and was able to perform on stage as well as for Prince Harry of Wales.
The help I received at the Village and the energy I experienced from the people who help to make Children’s Village a reality instilled in my young mind to “go and do thou likewise.” Making the world a better place is my mission, and in the Yakima Valley the only way I knew how to make the greatest impact was to join the Village team that helped me to accomplish many of my dreams. I am happy to work with the Children’s Village team and hope to bring the Village’s message and services to more of Central Washington’s children.
I can’t really pick just one . . .
“I can’t really pick just one of my favorite memories from Children’s Village. We’ve been going there since Jacob was diagnosed at the age of 2. We always loved the Christmas Festival with so many activities for the kids and mentors helping out . . . families coming together to enjoy the holiday. I remember Jacob was encouraged to sing Karaoke for the first time and once he got the mic and started to sing he loved it. He sang the National Anthem 2 times and God Bless America at the Bears Game for Autism Awareness.”
“We moved to the Yakima Valley 6 ½ years ago and felt alone; partly because we were without our familiar friends and support. But also because we were parents of a 6 year old son with special needs that manifested as behavioral issues. When meeting our doctor for the first time, I shared with him our son’s behaviors. He immediately wrote down a referral to Children’s Village. That one referral has made the world of difference to our family. We received diagnostic services, occupational therapy, behavioral treatment, and a genetics consultation. Our lives have also been greatly impacted by the Parent 2 Parent and One 2 One programs. In the sport’s programs, kid’s camp, talent shows, parent education groups, and the mother’s Holland group, we have found OUR home.”
A grateful parent – Lisa Reeves
By Kelli Blakney
“We began our journey at Children’s Village when our daughter Katie was about three years old. We had her tested, as she was not developing like her older brother and we were concerned about her development. Through many months of occupational and speech therapy, Katie began to grow and develop and eventually aged out of the system. We continued speech and occupational therapy through school all the while hoping and praying that everything would work “out in the wash,” and to some extent, things have changed! She in now eleven. She is independent, determined, and beautiful. It’s funny how life has a way of coming back around in a circle. Our journey includes working with the excellent, dedicated, and caring staff to open new doors, new pathways to help Katie be the best person and friend that God made her to be!”