Anyone who has had the chance to visit United Cerebral Palsy's Preschool would have a hard time missing Kayden King's welcoming smile and cheerful personality. Kayden, a member of UCP Preschool's K4 class, is a joy to be around. "Kayden is a very fun, loving, dramatic and outgoing child. He's also very affectionate and sometimes a little selfish, but all in all he's one of the most mannerable kids you would want to meet. Family and friends are his everything," says Tora, Kayden's mother.
Kayden has been working with United Cerebral Palsy since the start, getting to know the organization through his time receiving therapy through UCP's Early Intervention program. When it was time to choose where Kayden would attend school for the first time, Tora says, "I could not turn down the opportunity, it just felt right." She was attracted by the fact that UCP's Preschool has a blended classroom, meaning that children with disabilities share the classroom with typical peers. Allowing typical peers in the classroom offers a model for behaviors such as speech and play. "He's getting the opportunity to interact with kids that are like him and others that are not, but still being treated normally," says his mother.
There is no question that Kayden loves his friends and his teachers. "I love the fact that my child gets excited when it's time for school. It lets me know that he is comfortable and being treated with love." He is also a very vocal support for his classmates in their triumphs. Kayden himself has had many personal triumphs during his time with UCP Preschool. "Kayden's first few years of schooling have been amazing. My son has learned things beyond my expectations. I'm impressed because on certain levels he knows more than some kids his age without a disability... Kayden is more a people person now, his vocabulary has grown and he is no longer afraid to explore and try different things that he would normally be afraid of. It makes me a proud parent," says Tora.
In cooperation with the Mobile County Public School System, United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile offers preschool classes to approximately 25 children with disabilities and their typical peers each year. UCP's preschool classes allow students to combine typical preschool activities such as story time and crafts with their individual regimen of speech, occupational and/or physical therapy.
In order to prepare for Christmas throughout the year, Early Intervention will be collecting specific donations each month. No donation is too big or too small! EI serves children from birth to three years of age. Toys should be unwrapped and age appropriate. We are so thankful for each and every donation and the generosity of our community.
April: baby toys and baby blankets (ages newborn to 12 months)
May: balls and dolls
June: coloring books, stickers, and crayons
July: lunch boxes and Barbie’s
August: toys that make noise
September: blocks and shape sorters
October: backpacks and games
November: large gift bags
If you are interested in sponsoring EI Christmas please contact Theresa Webb at email@example.com or 251-479-4900.
Believe it or not, your electronic junk can help United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile in a BIG way!
UCP is collecting electronics for recycling. As you replace your household or business electronics, don't throw out your old devices! We are currently accepting:
DVD and Blu Ray Players
Home/Office Telephones and Telecommunications Equipment
Cables: Audio/Video, HDMI, Coaxial, Computer Power Cable, etc.
Old Computer Servers
Flat Screen TVs and Flat Screen Monitors that work
Printers and Fax Machines
Ink and Toner Cartridges
*At this time, we do not take tube TVs and tube computer monitors
The first step is to call John Vella at our office (251) 338-3357. John is UCP's resident e-waste expert and can clarify any questions you may have. Electronic junk can be dropped off your equipment at 3086 Dauphin Square Connector...our collection site.