Six-year-old Mandy has been receiving therapy at UCP-OC for more than three years to help her reach her full developmental potential. She was born with Down syndrome and experienced a wide range of resulting medical issues, including a seizure disorder that caused as many as 100 episodes per day. While doctors were able to stop the seizures, the damage they caused created significant delay in Mandy’s development. Perhaps most devastating to her parents, Natalie and Dan, was the possibility that their beautiful daughter might never speak.
Today, while at UCP-OC for her weekly physical, occupational and speech therapy sessions, you’d never know Mandy had any issue communicating. At the conclusion of her last session, this vibrant, happy little girl waltzed up to her mother and started vividly describing the artwork she created – “I made a rainbow – with green, blue, orange, yellow and red.”
Natalie shared how thrilled she is with the services they receive at UCP-OC, stating “it is amazing to see the things Mandy has accomplished directly because of the therapy she has received here.” Perhaps one of the most notable – Mandy graduated from a fully-included kindergarten class this June – an accomplishment that could not have been achieved without the tremendous developmental progress she has gained through ongoing intensive therapy at UCP-OC.
Your support and partnership is essential to helping children like Mandy go above and beyond expected developmental limitations. From all of us at UCP-OC, thank you!
This is our cover story from the Connections Newsletter, summer edition. Read the entire newsletter here.