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 ewylie@ucp-oc.org for more information.

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