Hello friends! This upcoming month of March is Brain Injury Awareness month, so we will be centering our blog posts on education of the topic, activities available and encouragement to those of you who live with someone with brain injury.
Individuals that have brain injuries need specialized rehabilitation, lifelong management and individualized services and supports in order to live healthy, independent and satisfying lives. Here at UCP-OC we see that brain injury is not something that will hold a child back. Our mission is to serve the children of this community so that they may live Life Without Limits! At our facilities we offer physical therapy that addresses medical problems and injuries that affect a child’s ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives.
The mountains are a common winter getaway for many Orange County residents. Who doesn’t love the brisk mountain air, the picturesque snow capped mountains, or watching your child zoom down the mountain passing you as watchers by cheer for him/her? Over President’s weekend Cathy Collins and her daughters went to Mammoth for the weekend. They were all able to enjoy the snow and sports thanks to Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra. Her daughter Bridget was born three months premature and had many brain surgeries is diagnosed with Autism, Hydrocephalus and Cerebral Palsy, and she was able to shred up the mountainside with a professional instructor by her side. She was taken down the mountain with a Bi-Ski and people cheered for her when she passed by; truly encouraging moment for Cathy as she watched.
This program encourages children by allowing them to have the same opportunities, challenges and excitement at conquering the mountain slopes. They offer adaptive sports for special needs. People with physical or cognitive disabilities are able to have fun and healthy experiences in the mountains too! This organization is located in Mammoth, but not to worry there are other organizations around the area that can help your child experience the exhilaration of going down the mountain. These programs have adaptive equipment to fulfill every child’s dream of gliding down a mountain, or enjoying other outdoor activities such as a downhill wheelchair chair program to explore biking the back-country terrain.
If you are going up to Mammoth, Cathy would highly recommend Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra but there are other programs such as Disabled Sports USA Far West.
U.S. Adaptive Recreation Center is found in Big Bear and offers the same programs that had Bridget zooming down the mountain faster than her mom!
It is important to give your child opportunities to experience new things and keep their brain stimulated and growing! By taking your child to the snow they can use all their senses and see things that Orange County doesn’t have to offer!
Most organizations have scholarships available, so don’t let the financials hold you back!
written by: Elizabeth Wylie