Welcoming a baby into the world is always a joyous occasion, but Jennifer Halbrooks of New Market said the day her daughter Hannah was born was especially wonderful because it forever positively impacted the life of big brother Cade.
“Someone came to my hospital room when I gave birth to Hannah and gave me information about Early Intervention (EI), ‘In case she doesn’t meet milestones,’” Jennifer recalled. “It was like angels were coming down from the heavens—I had been so worried about Cade’s delays and didn’t know what to do. I called the phone number for EI and they connected me with UCP.”
Cade, 5, loves cars, Legos, the color red, and Pokemon. Hannah, 3, loves princesses, My Little Pony, and the letter Q. While brother and sister may not have common playtime interests, they do have an autism diagnosis in common, which Jennifer says she realized in Cade once their family began receiving UCP services in 2013.
“I would never have known that my son was showing signs of autism if it weren’t for UCP services,” Jennifer explained. “UCP therapists taught me how to teach my children. They’ve made gains they never would have otherwise made!”
While Jennifer said Cade and Hannah have benefited from a variety of UCP services, including Preschool Readiness Classes and HEARTS Respite, she is also thankful for the support UCP offers parents.
“Parent Group has helped me connect with other parents that have children with special needs. It’s nice to know you aren’t the only one walking this path,” Jennifer said. “I’ve also learned so much about other services and activities in the community at-large. UCP has been a very valuable resource to my family!”
To learn more about all UCP programs and services, call the UCP Therapy Center at the UCP Technology and Training Center at 256-859-4900.