Archives – Our Stories
“I walked out of Five Counties ready to be my best.”
Virtual therapy for Owen led to great results. “Owen is confident, chatty and outgoing. He’s excited to try and he is succeeding.”
Mirra is going into her second year of Sparks! “If I had to tell another parent about them, I would say ‘Trust them. Each time we are there, we feel like family.”
Jonathan works on his balance with a series of challenges set up in a hallway at Five Counties Children’s Centre. “It has also helped him believe that as long as you keep trying you will succeed at your goal.”
Long before Sarah Marshall won awards for her community work and medals at the Canadian Transplant Games, she prepared to take on the world with the help of Five Counties Children’s Centre.
Claire Bailey accompanies her brother Max Doyle on the bus to school and also helps him with his therapies, inspiring her to choose occupational therapy as her career choice.
From meltdown to mobility, Gabriel’s confidence soars after treatment at Five Counties Children’s Centre. “Before treatment, Gabriel had zero interaction skills. Since receiving therapy, he has been more self-confident and has been more sociable.”
Aidan didn’t know how to tell his parents about the symptoms of his sensory processing disorder. He is now a popular, thoughtful and self-advocating. He is a deep emotional and critical thinker and a joker who likes to tease his parents.
Five Counties has affected Xander’s life beyond treatment by giving him the confidence to never give up, encouraging him to strive to reach his goals and supporting him during the hardest time in his life thus far.
Abella was almost two and was not yet walking. The little girl with Down Syndrome was getting therapies for her fine motor skills and speech when her mother dreamt that she took her first steps with the use of a walker.
Isaac is happiest when he is active – playing lacrosse or running. When Isaac struggled with his hand-eye co-ordination at age one, Five Counties staff were there to help him develop those skills.
Kids can’t wait … (and neither can their parents) for treatment at Five Counties Children’s Centre. Meet the Kimmett Family.
All of Nolan’s brothers play lacrosse. They found their passion and ran with it. Nolan has found his passion too. Well, guess what that is? Enter Monster Trucks!
As a mother, Cathy’s world was shattered when she was told her son Shane had a rare syndrome called Costello Syndrome which caused Shane’s speech and physical development to be delayed. With the support of Five Counties, Cathy now has hopes and dreams for the future.
“You expect to have these perfect littles babies and, when it doesn’t happen, it’s frightening. I felt so helpless and afraid. When I brought them home I was even more overwhelmed.” Meet Maxx and Maya. Born at 26 weeks and weighing only 1 lb., 15 oz each, they are now achieving amazing milestones.
Adam has been a part of the Five Counties community for more than 20 years. Diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at a young age, he frequently received treatment from Five Counties. What he enjoyed most at the Centre was being involved in the recreational therapy programs like sledge hockey. Today, Adam teaches school and volunteers his time Five Counties. What is most important to Adam is showing younger children what can be accomplished with determination and a positive attitude.
Brittanee had trouble speaking certain sounds and words when she was younger. This made her self-conscious to the point where she would let her brother speak for her. In Grade 2, Brittanee’s parents turned to Five Counties for help. With her therapist Lyn, Brittanee began to learn to articulate words and her self-confidence grew. Today, Brittanee joins in at school, is involved in extra-curricular activities, and even public speaking. In the future, she hopes to work with those who are disabled to show them how special they are.