Our world is drastically different by the joy, determination and courage that all of our children possess when they walk through the doors of The Children's Center for Communication and Development, and we want to share that with you!
Throughout the next 30 days, we'll share how we provide services to children, birth through five, who have complex communication needs and developmental disabilities. We'll share stories of triumph and celebration, the tools we use to help our children reach their great big milestones, and how you are #CAPEable of playing a part in our story! So, let's get started!
Starting from the beginning, we were established in 1974 as an early intervention program. The program has grown drastically since that initial year, but the intent of working with children who have special needs and providing a clinical component to University programming has stayed the same (more on that later).
Children enrolled at The Children's Center present a wide variety of special needs and diagnoses, ranging from (but not limited to) speech, hearing and language disorders, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome to autism spectrum disorder, rare genetic disorders, or other conditions related to premature birth.
It's no coincidence that as we launch this project today, it's also World Down Syndrome Day! Our friends with an extra chromosome are more alike than different and they show us daily that they are capable of everything they set their minds to do!
Here are a few facts about Down syndrome:
- Down syndrome occurs when an individual has a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21. This additional genetic material alters the course of development and causes the characteristics associated with Down syndrome.
- Children with Down syndrome attend school, participate in decisions that affect them, have meaningful relationships and grow into adults who contribute to society in many wonderful ways.
- All children with Down syndrome experience cognitive delays, but the effect is usually mild to moderate and is not indicative of the many strengths and talents that each individual possesses.
And because we love celebrating our children, we invite you to check out our video below!