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!”
On Wednesday, September 17, a fall social by the “Friends of the Village” will be held at Children’s Village from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
This social will feature a private showing of artwork by local artist Duane Heilman, whose work is well known throughout the region and has been displayed at several area events and shows. A selection of Mr. Heilman’s favorite pieces will be on display and a portion of the proceeds from any artwork that is sold will go to benefit Children’s Village.
There will also be a sampling of some of the Valley’s finest local wine, cupcakes, as well as appetizers.
Come discover how the Friends of the Village are making a difference in the lives of young people throughout the Yakima Valley – and discover how you can too!
To RSVP for this event, please call (509) 574-3209 or email Mary Lynne Brewington by clicking here.
To view some of Mr. Heilman’s artwork, you can click here.
“I have been bringing my son Pablo to Children’s Village for about two years. In two years, Pablo has improved his speech greatly due to the therapists that treat him with kindness and respect. Going in the heated pool and playing games are his favorite parts of therapy. I am very pleased with the staff at Children’s Village. They’ve given our family the tools, information and resources to better help our family interact with Pablo.”
By Mark Day
After four years in various therapy services at the Village, it was time for Ramon to take the next step in his development and at this same time the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program made its debut at Children’s Village, being the first of its kind in Eastern Washington.
The program is now approaching its first graduation and Ramon and his family are a part of this extraordinary class. For 6 months, Ramon and his family participated in intensive in-home therapy. Between parent trainings and countless hours of work, Lead Behavior Analyst Kamilia Calderon says it is safe to say that “Ramon is like a completely different kid.”
In March, Ramon had absolutely no communication skills, other than hitting his head on hard surfaces and pointing. He had various behavior problems that would concern his mom like coming near a hot stove or leaving the house unattended. Ramon was also unable to be at the grocery store for more than 20 minutes without having a breakdown.
Now just 6 months later Ramon is an entirely different kid. Ramon can now speak and communicate his frustrations and is learning and writing different words. He has come a long way! He can now be at the grocery store for extended amounts of time as well.
For more information on Applied Behavior Analysis click here.
By Mark Day
Congratulations to Adriel – He was Yakima’s “Chief for the Day!”
The state-wide “Chief for a Day” program is an incredible experience for the children involved. Each year, the Yakima and Selah Police Departments contact Children’s Village in search of a nominee. And this year Adriel’s name was selected through a blind drawing.
Not only did Adriel receive countless gifts, an official police uniform, and a police car ride but he got to attend a police motorcade in Seattle with all the other little chiefs! He was sworn in as an official police officer, met numerous Seattle celebrities and enjoyed carnival-type events.
We would also like to thank Adriel and his family for their generosity. Adriel received several gifts; among these was a karaoke machine and a gift certificate to a craft store. Adriel was gracious enough to donate these to the Parent to Parent program at the Village!
Congratulations Adriel! And thank you for your generosity!
By Mark Day
What will kids find at a Sibshop workshop? Just maybe something a little different from what you’re thinking. You’ll find awesome food, great games, friends, and laughter in this support group!
Sibshops is a unique program coordinated through Parent to Parent. Once a month during the school year, siblings of children with disabilities get the very rare opportunity to branch out of their home and spend time with peers who may be going through some similar stuff. It is very easy for neurotypical children who grow up in a home with a developmentally disabled sibling to possess feelings of loneliness, and I speak from experience. Sibshops gives these kiddos the chance to realize that they really aren’t alone!
I grew up attending Sibshops, and even as I graduated the program, they couldn’t keep me from helping out. The experiences, opportunities and friendships from this program are lifelong. So when you ask me if support services are necessary for kids, I will answer yes; . . . just with a little more flare!
For more information on Sibshops support workshops click here or email Parent to Parent!