Meet the Kids – Alyssa Finds Her Voice!

Meet the Kids – Alyssa Finds Her Voice!

 

Alyssa is a charming little girl with the best eye lashes and gorgeous curly brown hair. She is always laughing and smiling, and truly cherished by her family and friends. Alyssa had a stroke in utero, (cerebrovascular insult) the results were global developmental delays – Alyssa is non-mobile and non-verbal. We’re sharing a letter from her mom:

Taking care of a special needs child doesn’t come with a handbook. No parent gets the chance to prepare for their life to change when their special needs child is born. While I was fortunate to have a great and healthy pregnancy, what I had not idea was my daughter Alyssa had a stroke. When we noticed Alyssa started having spasms, we weren’t sure what to do or where to go. Once we got help from her pediatrician and met a neurologist, an MRI confirmed she had a stroke in utero. Who knew that kids, let along newborn babies could have a stroke.?

My perspective on life has completely changed with my special needs daughter. Our family struggles daily with just the little things that we took for granted, like going to the store or out to dinner. Being able to get help from Variety KC will make our life a little simpler by providing us with a sense of security for our family as well as know that we are loved by others.

And Variety KC was able to provide that support and love through the gift of a communication device that gives Alyssa a “voice.”  Now she can use the device to let her family, friends, therapists, and teachers what she wants and needs. It’s a life-changer! Through her “voice,” Alyssa can more closely engage with others and experience less frustration. Please help Variety KC to give every child a voice!  Donate today at varietykc.org/donate/

Thank you!

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Meet the Kids – Alyssa

Can you imagine being so frustrated that you hit yourself? Alyssa is non-verbal and as a result, she can’t communicate what she wants or what she needs – so she lashes out at herself because she doesn’t know what else to do.

Alyssa is a stroke survivor. When she was four months old, she started having infantile spasms and from there she became non-mobile/non-verbal. Today, Alyssa is starting to ‘scoot’ on her bottom to go from room to room. She’s determined! She’s also a sweet little girl who loves her family and looks forward to going to Pre-K to see her friends and teachers. A communication device will provide Alyssa with a better quality of life because she will be able to better engage with everyone in her life and communicate her wants and needs. Best of all, it will reduce the frustration that leads Alyssa to harming herself and will ease the frustration of her family and friends when they don’t understand her.  

Variety KC believes every child should have a voice! Alyssa is getting hers, help us make sure every child gets the communication device they need. Donate today: https://varietykc.org/donate/

Meet the Kids: Christian

Meet the Kids: Christian

The Liberation of Communication Devices

Can you imagine being a teenage boy and not being able to communicate all your thoughts, needs and wants? Christian is completely non-verbal and unable to express himself in a positive way. His therapists recommend a NovaChat, an assisted and augmented speech device. This device is more than a form of communication, it’s liberation! And what is more important for a young man entering his teens? Gracious Variety donors made it possible for Christian to receive his NovaChat, but there are so many more kids who would benefit from one. Can you help? Doesn’t every child deserve a voice? Donate Today!

Meet the Kids: Adysen

Meet the Kids: Adysen

Giving the Gift of Communication

Adysen is just four, but she is completely captivated with learning apps. She has a number of disabilities, including cerebral palsy and epilepsy, and Adysen is non-verbal. As bright as she is, not being able to communicate is really frustrating and shows up in her behavior at times. In addition, Adysen is one of five children. When her family goes out, Adysen isn’t always able to participate like her siblings and she gets bored and disruptive. However, when she has a tablet with activities of her own, Adysen is able to enjoy herself and enjoy being out and about with her family. With five kids and excessive medical bills, having a tablet of her own was only a dream….but Variety KC’s donors made that dream come true! Help us to help kids like Adysen to find their “voice” through a communication device. Donate today at VarietyKC.org. Thank you!

Meet the Kids: Zander

Meet the Kids: Zander

What Love and Communication can Achieve

Zander had a rough start in life, including being born addicted to drugs. He has multiple health challenges, but he has a loving adoptive family there for support! Because he is non-verbal, Zander needs a tablet to communicate. Being able to connect and share through communication is a necessary component to inclusion and VarietyKC donors want every child to have that inclusive opportunity to Be Active, Be Social, and Belong! Help give a “voice” to other kids like Zander today!