Peyton was diagnosed with Fragile X Syndrome which causes a range of developmental issues including learning disabilities and cognitive impairment. A dedicated iPad would help him develop his communication skills, as well as visual cues, reading and writing.
Peyton is a very active boy and found it difficult to communicate with his family, teachers and other support staff. Thanks to HCCI, Peyton loves his new iPad and practices his letter and number formations. It helps him to learn, as well as relax and cope when he feels overstimulated.
Dear Staff at Helping Challenged Children,
I am writing you to thank you for the amazing AmTryke bike my son Tommy received with the help of your organization. Tommy is nine years old and has Down syndrome. He has very low muscle tone and has been receiving physical therapy since he was a baby. Even with this extra help, he didn’t walk until he was four, and still needs therapy to work on muscle strength, coordination and endurance. His therapist at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Miswawaka, Indiana has been working with him to ride a trike for the past several years. He has made progress, but only has therapy twice a month, and hasn’t had a chance to practice in between, because we could not afford to get him the special trike he needed. Our therapist told us about Helping Challenged Children, and offered to write a grant for the trike.
I can’t tell you how grateful we are to have received the AmTryke- it’s amazing! Tommy has been riding it in our neighborhood every day! For years, he has watched his older brother and the other children in the neighborhood out on their bikes, and has not been able to join in. We are so excited that he can now get out and ride like all of the other children! Besides having fun, his therapist says it will be great for him to increase his endurance.
Please accept our deepest thanks for this wonderful gift, and may God Bless you for the work you do. We could never done this without your help.
Mary and John O’Callaghan
Parents of Tommy, Age 9
Jaylen is 6 years old and nonverbal. This is attributed to diagnoses, which include Down syndrome, autism, and expressive-receptive language disorder. Expressive-receptive language disorder is when a child has trouble expressing themselves and and understanding what others are saying. It can also reduce the ability to have a conversation and reduce the ability to form sentences.
Jaylen has made little progress with communicating through sign language and the use of pictures. An app for the iPad called LAMP Words for Life along with a keyboard would help Jaylen communicate daily and increase social participation at school and home. Jaylen’s family’s insurance wouldn’t cover the cost of the iPad, app, and iPad accessories; however, HCCI purchased the items for Jaylen.
To help more kids like Jaylen, donate today!
Karsten is 9 years old and has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. While autism affects each child differently, some common behaviors people with autism have include difficulty with social interactions and relationships, difficulty with communication skills, and trouble adapting to changes in their routine.
Karsten’s family knew that an Acrobat Swing would benefit him. This swing would help him with strengthening, motor planning (the ability to plan and carry out motor tasks), and calming or alerting him. However, his family’s insurance wouldn’t pay for the swing. HCCI was able to help Karsten and his family by purchasing the swing when other avenues failed.
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Brooklyn is not able to ride a traditional bicycle due to limitations with her mobility that come from diagnoses of microcephaly and Triple X Syndrome. Triple X Syndrome include weak muscle tone and problems with fine and gross motor skills. Even though an adaptive tricycle would benefit Brooklyn, her family couldn’t afford it due to other health expenses.
HCCI was able to purchase an adaptive tricycle for Brooklyn. Now she is able to ride a bike and participate in family activities such as walks and bike rides in the neighborhood.
My grandson, Quentin, just received a new iPad this week from your organization. We are so grateful for your generosity. Quentin is nonverbal and uses his iPad to communicate with the ProLoquo2Go software. His current iPad is on the way out and some of the features are not working. We feared that his iPad would crash and thus, he’d lose his ability to communicate.
Using the iPad, Quentin can communicate his wants and needs. This picture is of him deciding what he wants to choose for a snack. He first chooses “I want” and then the item.
We are so thrilled that he has been able to use the iPad to communicate. It’s used at school as well. Thank you so much for providing this iPad to Quentin.
Mary Ann Harrison (Quentin’s Grandma)
Danielle is one of seven children, three of which were adopted and have special needs. Danielle, who has hearing loss, was adopted from China when she was six years old. HCCI was able to help provide Danielle with hearing aids that insurance couldn’t cover. Danielle was so excited to receive her hearing aids and was thrilled with the difference it made. She even reminds her mom to put them in if they forget first thing in the morning!
Luke is a 12-year-old who has autism and speech impairment. He is also nonverbal. Even though he cannot speak, he is able to communicate with the aid of an iPad and an app called Proloquo2Go. This app allows Luke to communicate his needs through the use of symbols. Luke had been using the program at home and in therapy, but needed to replace his iPad and repurchase the app.
Insurance wouldn’t cover the cost of a new iPad, a case, and Proloquo2Go. However, HCCI stepped in and purchased the iPad and Proloquo2Go for Luke, and now he can continue to communicate with his family and others.
If you’re looking for a way to help children like Luke, consider becoming an HCCI volunteer.
Caitlyn, who suffers from infantile cerebral palsy and congenital diplegia, loves to play outside with her brothers but couldn’t use a bicycle due to her special needs and training wheels didn’t provide the balance and stability she needed. An adaptive tricycle was needed.
Caitlyn’s step-father works full time and her mother stays home to care for Caitlyn and transport her to doctor appointments. With $1,000 monthly insurance premiums, her family didn’t have the financial means to provide an adaptive tricycle nor would insurance cover the cost.
HCCI was able to provide Caitlyn with an adaptive tricycle and now Caitlyn enjoys riding around her neighborhood, playing with her family and friends.