Brave Kids–August Newsletter

Does Having a Pet Change Your Child’s Behavior?

Think twice before telling your child “no” the next time he or she begs you for a furry friend. A new study evaluated the association between the presence or arrival of pets in families with an individual with autism and the changes in his or her social behaviors and development. While animal assisted therapies are used widely but their relevant benefits have never been scientifically evaluated. Read more from DisabiltyScoop about the study.



Are Apps on Your Back to School List?

Transitions back to school are always tough with new teachers, classrooms, classmates and routines. But as with most things, there’s an app for that. Which app is right for you and your child? One collection of apps, made by Panther Technology, are built around principles of Universal Design – to foster inclusion in education through access. Panther apps incorporate innovation and intuitiveness while focusing on the fundamentals of reading, writing and arithmetic. To learn more about Panther apps click here.

Or check out some other recommendations for elementary, middle school and high school apps.   


World Cerebral Palsy Day and Challenge

This September United Cerebral Palsy, Brave Kids’ parent organization, will be celebrating the first-ever World Cerebral Palsy Day-a kick off to the World CP Challenge, a global campaign promising nothing short of changing the world!

World Cerebral Palsy Day, on 4 September 2012, has the theme ‘Change my world in 1 minute’. People with CP, their family and friends suggest ways to improve the quality of life of people with CP. Each idea is posted on the website as text or video and will only take one minute to read or watch. During September, everyone is encouraged to go online, review the ideas and vote for the concepts that will have the greatest impact on people’s lives. At the end of September, the World Cerebral Palsy Day Panel will select the best ideas, solutions and inventions for people with cerebral palsy. In the following few months social activists, researchers, inventors, and innovators propose how they would make these ideas a reality and financial assistance will be provided to a selected few to assist their project. Check out the World Cerebral Palsy Day website to make a suggestion or to vote on other people’s ideas. 

On September 4 — World CP Day — United Cerebral Palsy is launching an exciting four-week team activity called the World CP Challenge, and we want you to be part of it! It’s a fun and healthy way to improve your fitness while improving the lives of people with cerebral palsy.

The World CP Challenge is a perfect activity for your family, your coworkers or anyone who’s interested in getting fit and supporting United Cerebral Palsy. When you register, you will receive a “Challenge Kit” that will include a pedometer to track your daily step count. Your aim is to climb a “virtual mountain” with your team, and reach the summit by the end of the four weeks. Your progress will be charted on our interactive website.

It’s not just about “walking” your way to better health – you can run, bike, or swim to reach your daily step target. There are more than 40 activities you can convert to steps, including activities suitable for people with a disability. It’s an easy and a fun way to get fit while raising much-needed funds for people with cerebral palsy. Register today.


Macy’s Shop for a Cause – August 25, 2012

Find the Magic of
Giving Back

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

With a $5 donation to United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County you will receive:

  • 25% off all regular, sale and clearance items
  • 10% off furniture, mattresses and area rugs
  • Enter to win a $500 Macy’s Gift Card.


Shop For A Cause gives you the opportunity to give back to your community and to help our organization. Purchase a $5 Shopping Pass* for 25% off regular, sale and clearance items and 10% off furniture, mattresses and area rugs in every Macy’s store and online at on Saturday, August 25th, and we keep 100% of the proceeds. Plus, you can enter to win a $500 Macy’s Gift Card.

Since 2006, Macy’s Shop For A Cause Event has partnered with non-profit organizations nationwide to raise more than $38 million for their ongoing charitable efforts. This is your chance to be part of this monumental event on Saturday, August 25, 2012.


Tickets can be purchased at the UCP-OC Life Without Limits Therapy Center front desk.

 For more information or to purchase a pass contact: Elizabeth Wylie 949.333.6412

Child of the Month: August 2012

Elizabeth: August 2012

Elizabeth is a laid back and fun-loving 1 year-old that meets with Ana Reyes, one of our in-home early intervention specialists. Elizabeth “Bethie” was born with Down syndrome and spent her first 2 months of life in the hospital learning how to feed. When she finally got home she began to thrive!

Wherever Elizabeth goes, she is everyone’s favorite. She loves being held by all the different women at church. He mother Denette says, “Elizabeth is perfect for our family, she is our second child and makes our family feel complete.”

When Ana comes to work with Elizabeth they work on different activities to stimulate Elizabeth’s brain to continue growing and thriving. This includes working on fine & gross motor skills, cognation, communication, social & emotional interactions and other different areas of development. Some of the activities Ana does with Elizabeth are taking pegs out of a peg board to work on fine motor, strengthen cognitive skills by encouraging her to imitate facial gestures and making works of arts through finger painting to increase tactile stimulation. She has taught Bethie new skills and in turn taught her parents how to continue to develop those skills when Elizabeth is not in therapy.

Ana Reyes has been with United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County for 25 years this month, and we are so grateful for her commitment to our families. Elizabeth is one of more than 2,500 children & families that Ana has worked with.

“We have been blessed with the opportunity to work with Ana. Ana is an angel sent to us; we absolutely love her! She has opened our eyes to the abilities Bethie has. Bethie is able to do much more than I thought!” -Denette, Elizabeth’s mother

Thank you Ana for all you do with our children, Happy 25 Years!!

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