Child of the Month: October

October 2012: Celine

Celine is a very happy and sociable 11 year-old, but over the years Celine has overcome many challenges.  When she was only 4 months old, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor on her right brain.  A surgery was performed to remove the tumor, and another surgery to place a shunt in her brain.  As a result of the tumor and surgeries, Celine is left with mild cerebral palsy.  Today Celine loves to sing, dance and is very observant of others needs and wants to assist in any way she is able. 

After finding out about United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County by way of a flyer, her mother brought Celine to UCP-OC to try out one of our dance recreation classes. Two and a half years later Celine has added gymnastics and Fit Kids to her class schedule. “Gymnastics and the other recreation classes have helped her with her gross motor skills and improved with her coordination, it’s a form of therapy that is disguised to her. She is having fun while socializing and creating relationships with her peers,” states her mother.

This August, Celine participated in our 5th Annual Bike Camp in partnership with Down Syndrome Association of OC. For one week Celine and 40 other children were taught how to ride a bike independently. Campers learned gradually how to ride by using specially adapted bikes that teach the children balance. On the last day the children were given the opportunity to go outside and practice their newfound skill. Through the experience not only did Celine learn how to ride a bike, but it encouraged her older brother to learn as well!

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