It is hard not to notice the infectious personality of Chloe, the middle daughter of Peter and Crissie. Chloe is a sweet, quiet, fun loving girl who greatly enjoys learning and being independent. At birth, Chloe was diagnosed with Down syndrome and she had a few obstacles to overcome. She was born with strabismus which is a misalignment of the eyes, chronic ear infections that caused perforation on both ears, speech apraxia which is a motor speech disorder that leads to problems saying sounds, syllables, and words, and she also struggled with sleep apnea which is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while asleep. But once you get to know Chloe, you will realize there is nothing she can not do.
At age 14, Chloe is already quite accomplished. Her mother explains, “There have definitely been challenges and painful times, but it doesn’t compare to the joy she brings to our lives. Our life is more fulfilling because of her. We celebrate every milestone and look forward to what lies ahead.”
Chloe and her family have been with UCP-OC for almost 2 years now and she is currently receiving physical, occupational, and speech therapy. According to Peter and Crissie, Chloe’s favorite day at UCP-OC is Wednesday when she takes her favorite class, Fit Kids.
Before discovering UCP-OC, they were receiving services elsewhere and the environment was not as friendly as the family had hoped. Crissie says, “I love everyone here at UCP-OC because everyone does a great job of promoting a friendly, positive, and enjoyable place for kids and parents. It’s a different atmosphere. It’s a joy seeing Chloe running into the building excited and ready to work.”
Crissie and Peter know that Chloe’s least favorite activity is physical exercise, so they found it strange that Chloe is always so excited to attend Fit Kids class. Because of this class, her parents share, Chloe has gotten much stronger and has learned a great deal as well. Outside of UCP-OC, Chloe loves to go to park and play on the swings. If she’s not at the park, you’ll find her swimming, bowling, and being a typical teen playing on her iPad and listening to music.
Congratulations on all you have overcome, Chloe! We here at UCP-OC, are inspired by your drive and motivation to learn and grow. We cannot wait to see what milestone you reach next. Thank you, Chloe, for being the true definition of a Life Without Limits.