Better Speech and Hearing Month!

Better Hearing and Speech month is here!

For those of you that did not know, May is Better Hearing and Speech Month! UCP-OC will be celebrating by highlighting our special needs programs that tailor to kids with speech-language disabilities.

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association has been celebrating Better Hearing and Speech Month every May since 1927; and thanks to their continued effort, most people with speech and language problems can be helped by working together with a Speech-Language Pathologist, or SLP. At UCP-OC we have very gifted Speech-Language Pathologists and Speech-Language Pathologist Assistants. Our SLPs and SLPAs work with children to achieve better speech and hearing in a number of ways through improving oral motor strength and coordination to improve speech, working on breathing techniques to provide respiratory support for speech and building vocabulary for communication success

UCP-OC is dedicated to enabling children to Live a Life Without Limits. Celebrating Better Hearing and Speech Month is just one of the many ways we like to help.     

Life Without Limits Gala: through the eyes of a child

Our Life Without Limits Gala is next week!

When: Saturday, April 28th 2012

Where: Balboa Bay Club and Resort, Newport Beach

Why: This is our key fundraising event of the year! Come and support our organization and children with disabilities.


Our Annual Gala will be held next Saturday, April 28th at the Balboa Bay Club and Resort. The evening will start at 6:00pm with a cocktail reception, followed by a dinner and live auction as well as music and live entertainment.

UCP-OC will honor James V. Mazzo, President of Abbot Medical Optics, for his resounding leadership and for supporting our collaborative efforts to bring about the United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County Early CVI Screening Program Collaboration with The Gavin Herbert Eye Institute of UC Irvine. The Vision Program is aimed at improving the diagnosis and rehabilitation of infants at risk for vision complications associated with CP as well as premature infants at risk for cortical visual impairment and decreased central vision resulting from prematurity.

It’s not too late to sign up!

Make sure to check out our sneak peek of our Live Auction items on the website (link above)

We wouldn’t have been able to put on this amazing event if it wasn’t for our many sponsors!

Kodak Moment!

For the month of April, we are having a very special Facebook Photo Contest!

During April, Autism Awareness Month, UCP-OC is partnering with Grandma Lucy’s premier pet food and will be raffling off a basket filled with Grandma Lucy’s all organic pet food and treats.

Here’s how you can enter:

1.      Post a picture of your child and your pet on our Facebook homepage.

2.      In the caption, comment on how UCP-OC has made a life without limits possible for your child.

3. You can also post a picture from online with a caption saying how UCP-OC makes a life without limits.

At the end of April, we will choose one winner who will receive this gift as well as an article dedicated to you in our blog!

The owner’s of Grandma Lucy’s, Eric and Breann Shook, have an amazing son who comes to UCP-OC for therapy and receives care from one of our inclusion facilitators to help him with school work. They have generously agreed to sponsor this event as well as donate 10% of their online sales to UCP-OC! Follow the link to start ordering!

We would like to thank Eric, Breann and Hunter’s Grandma Tracie from the bottom of our hearts for their continued support of UCP-OC for generously donating to us as well as help spread the word about our organization.

Please support UCP-OC and all the families we help each and every day!

Child of the Month: April 2012


Dylan is a determined 4 year-old boy, who has a spirit filled with joy, and a face that is always adorned with a smile and the cutest dimples. To match his determination, he is quite the accomplished daredevil. Despite his young age and physical restrictions, at the age of three he learned to ride a bike so that he could ride with his older brother Max, who is a tremendous inspiration. He has also enjoys learning to ski with his twin sister, Maya. His big sister, Carly, keeps him inspired to play soccer as well.

After trying various therapy centers, Dylan’s family finally found UCP-OC and settled in immediately. In the past year and a half Dylan has been coming to UCP-OC, he has been working on relaxing and strengthening the compromised muscles that accompany his CP. Dylan’s cerebral palsy presents itself through resistance on the left side of his body in his foot, ankle, leg, scapula, arm, wrist, and hand, making some daily activities more difficult for him to accomplish.

At UCP-OC, he receives occupational and physical therapy to stretch and strengthen his affected muscles. His occupational therapist, Kristy, helps him with his fine motor skills, such as writing, coloring, working with Play-Doh, scissoring and buttoning shirts. She plays a game with him which she places a penny in the palm of his hand and he must try to grasp it with his fingers to strengthen the muscles in his fingers and hand.  Dylan’s physical therapist, Emily, helps Dylan’s flexibility and strength with activities like walking on the treadmill, “skateboarding” on his belly, and ascending and descending stairs. His mom, Sarah, says both therapists make sessions fun and engaging for Dylan and that he responds to the creative ways they find to keep him interested and challenged to do the work he needs to do.  She finds comfort in their genuine care and expertise. As an extension to the work UCP-OC does with Dylan, his mom does a variety of stretching exercises with him, and tries to keep him surrounded by a variety of other activities at home,  such as rope climbing and jumping on a trampoline. Dylan also enjoys other mainstream sports outside of UCP-OC, and has excelled in swimming, as well as gymnastics and dance.

His parents are very grateful for the genuine care and concern the therapists have for Dylan, and how they look out for him and his active future. His mother, Sarah, also appreciates UCP-OC’s administrative help managing insurance and financials. Another thing Sarah highlighted is how she appreciates the spacious, bright and clean lobby waiting area. This provides a place where she can take a moment to relax and connect with other parents. It also provides a place where Dylan’s twin, Maya, can play while waiting for her brother.

It is Sarah’s hope that with the help of therapy, Dylan will continue to participate in daily activities and enjoy a variety of sports (and hopefully music!) without CP getting in his way. To continue truly living his Life Without Limits-riding his bike with Max and his dad, skiing with Maya and playing soccer with Carly.

If you would like to make a gift to support the services that are helping Dylan and his family please click here or contact Elizabeth at for more information.