Hazel was born at 32 weeks after a complicated, high risk pregnancy. She spent six weeks in the NICU dealing with a variety of gastrointestinal complications. When Hazel started at Wonderland she was not tracking or following sounds like a typical four month old would and her muscles where extremely tight, restricting her range of motion. We were concerned about the long-term impact her prematurity and early hospitalizations had on her development.
Our family loved working with the Wonderland team to target the specific skills Hazel needed to work on. As Hazel progressed we were able to re-evaluate her goals based on her needs. As a family, we were always made to feel as equal members of Hazel’s development team. Our family’s concerns, lifestyle, hopes, and dreams for Hazel were always taken into consideration as we worked to plan for the future.
Currently Hazel is a walking, talking, jumping 2 1/2 year old thanks to the early intervention we received from Wonderland. Her favorite phrase right now is, “I do it on my own!” She loves to read books, color, run, and explore. Her early delays have not held her back from taking on the world at her trademark speed and living life to its fullest. We are exceedingly grateful for the serviced that Wonderland provided to help Hazel learn and grow.
–Laurel and Sam, Hazel’s Parents
Millie had an unrepaired unilateral cleft lip and palate when we adopted her at age 20 months, and our pediatrician immediately referred us to Wonderland for her speech needs. Wonderland has been an incredible source for information and resources for us. They have been amazing at helping us navigate her into the school district’s therapy program when it came time to transition out of Wonderland’s program.
Millie just started kindergarten this year and loves every minute of it! There’s no doubt in our minds that the help she received from Wonderland at such a crucial time in her life is a major reason why she is the confident, happy girl she is today.
—David and Sandy, Millie’s Parents
Matthew was born with an enlarged heart, multiple cysts on his kidneys, thyroid issues, and he needed a feeding tube. One of the best parts of working with Wonderland was how his therapist involved our older children into his therapy so that the entire family could help him after the therapy session ended. Thanks to Wonderland, Matthew is now a champion eater, walker and beginning talker!
As Matthew continues to conquer his world, his needs change and so does the assistance we get from Wonderland. He attended the Preschool Readiness Program to help prepare him for school and continues to attend Play & Learn.
Matthew has graduated and started preschool, but we feel so strongly about Wonderland that we continue to be involved by volunteering on the Community Team.
–Kris and Vern, Matthew’s Parents
Just before Noah turned two we noticed he was having difficulty doing basic tasks such as dressing, eating, and bathing. His doctor suggested we call Wonderland. Noah was not able to say very many words or verbally communicate his basic needs. Instead of asking for what he needed we began to hand him things without his asking.
Thanks to Wonderland, Noah began to learn to speak better, use sign language, and read books. Wonderland helped us understand how to encourage Noah to communicate. Now, at age three, Noah has improved his communication and we feel more confident in our ability to help him grow. Wonderland recently helped us transition Noah to a developmental preschool.
–Azeb and Yohannes, Noah’s Parents
The first year of Brooke’s life was primarily survival. Within the first week of Brook’s life it was discovered that she was born with a congenital heart defect. At twelve days old she experienced her first open heart surgery and at seven months old underwent a successful heart transplant at Seattle Children’s Hospital. The amazing accomplishment about a heart transplant is that after a child had been so seriously ill they are able to experience many normal childhood milestones. However, Brooke was behind in a few areas and we needed expert care to get her caught up. That’s when we came to Wonderland.
Brooke is a bright child, however one issue she deeply struggled with was the ability to communicate. This is not uncommon with infants that are off to a tough start in life and spend a considerable amount of time on a ventilator. She was not able to translate her feelings, thoughts and wants to us through the use of words. Wonderland began working with us when she was able to only speak a few words. Brooke cherished her regular sessions with Wonderland’s therapists, and she felt it was a play-date while in reality it was intensive speech therapy. Brooke’s communication skills began to increase at a tremendous rate. She began to speak in full sentences and then shared more complex ideas. While Brooke is still catching up in other areas of development, she has made significant gains in communicating with others.
–Chiron and John, Brooke’s Parents
We became part of the Wonderland family when our daughter was about 16 months old and we were losing hope. Wonderland changed our lives. Suddenly we were surrounded by amazing people who understood our daughter, her challenges and needs, and most importantly, how it impacted our whole family.
Thanks to the services we received at Wonderland, she entered a 3-5 year program as a confident, able, and empowered three year old. Now she’s an amazing ten year old with a personality that shines brightly. Without the early-intervention services she received at Wonderland, nobody would have been able to see that beautiful light. Our family is strong and empowered thanks to all the support and services we received from Wonderland.
— Marisa and Damion, Anna Bella’s Parents
Nick came to us via the foster system at age 2 1/2 with hydrocephalus, severe developmental delays, low muscle tone and just a hand full of words. Wonderland helped Nick with OT, PT and speech therapy, as well as provided our family with emotional support and guidance. Wonderland offered us specialized training to help our son on top of his regular therapy sessions in our home. WDC helped us guide him into developmental preschool and receive services through the school district. Nick thoroughly enjoyed the Wonderland’s summer camp every year until he went to kindergarten. Nick is off to a great start because of the time he had at Wonderland with their fabulous staff!
— Heidi and Randy, Nick’s Parents
We asked to have our son Judah evaluated at 11 months because he seemed to be falling further and further behind his peers. An extremely fussy baby, he just didn’t seem to have time for learning when he was busy crying! The Wonderland team not only helped with his motor skills and speech therapies but also worked with us to teach Judah how to cope with very strong emotions. It was beyond helpful that they could work with us in our home, especially since he feared new environments.
When Judah started preschool at 28 months his first day report said he was “very well adjusted and super verbal!” Our Judah!
Now he is a fiercely passionate kid who astonishes us daily with his emotional acuity, grasp of complex concepts, and meticulous attention to whatever project he takes on. He is running and jumping and counting and chatting with the best of them, and it’s hard to believe that he was ever delayed.
— Sara and David, Judah’s Parents
Jason was born three months early, weighing only 1 pound, 11 ounces. We weren’t sure he would survive, but thankfully, after 104 days in the NICU, we took him home where we were responsible for giving him the care that a fully staffed medical team used to provide! We were overwhelmed, purely in survival mode—mostly thinking about keeping Jason alive.
When he suddenly stopped being able to eat, Wonderland focused on his medical conditions while providing emotional support and helping us move forward. Jason’s therapist was able to problem solve alongside us during her weekly visits and offered practical strategies to keep building his skills and abilities. Jason began improving, and each week’s session showed new progress. His curiosity, creativity, and determination began to shine through the daily demands of managing his health.
Today, Jason is a happy toddler, eating and making messes with no plans of slowing down!