How Kidsource Empowered My Family

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Our son, Max, began speech and physical therapy at Kidsource when he was only eighteen months of age. In the weeks that followed, Max was diagnosed with something called Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). My husband and I had never heard of it, we knew no one with a similar diagnosis, and we honestly had no clue where to turn or what to do.  

We were powerless. 

Often, when we think of a group of professionals offering therapy to children with disabilities (like Kidsource Therapy), we think only of what is the treatment for the child. We forget about the parents and the surrounding community. We forget they too could and should be empowered.  

I knew something off. I knew there was more to the story. I knew Max’s milestones were delayed. I knew he wasn’t babbling like his brother did. But a big part of me didn’t want to know. As parents, we want our children’s lives to be easy, to be typical. We want them to breeze through all of it. 

But when we know better, we do better. And that is what Kidsource did for us as Max’s parents. They taught us better. They empowered us to understand what Max needed. We are reminded of the bible verse from the book of Proverbs, chapter 31, verse 8: Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. We became his voice, his advocate. 

AT KIDSOURCE, WE LEARNED NOT ONLY THE THERAPEUTIC APPROACHES MEANT TO BENEFIT MAX BUT ALSO PATIENCE, FOR MAX AND OURSELVES. WE WERE INTRODUCED TO FINANCIAL OPPORTUNITIES SPECIFICALLY CREATED FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES. WE MET PARENTS OF KIDS LIKE MAX. OUR WORRIES AND CONCERNS WERE HEARD AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, UNDERSTOOD.

Our friends and family watched as we fumbled through the beginning of the diagnosis. They paid attention to what we said and did. They watched Kidsource empower our family and amazingly, they became empowered too. Max’s name would be tossed around when someone mentioned having a two-year-old child that wasn’t speaking. His name was simply the spark which led to so much awareness.  

Our Max, who is now eight years old, is a completely different child than the kid who walked into Kidsource all those years back.  

At that point, he had two words: out and dog. Now, his words are unlimited. Max is courageous and bright, funny and sarcastic. He doesn’t remember those days of being too shy, too unsure of himself to speak. Max doesn’t remember having to use sign language because the words were too tough. He only knows his strength, his power. And for that, I credit Kidsource.

Hannah Fulks

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Laura Kirk