Not until you hear the deafening silence of your baby not breathing, do you realize the comfort and beauty of their cry.
Candice is a Mom to Kalaya who has adapted needs and because of that has passionately dedicated her life to creating, gathering and improving resources to help others like her daughter and their amazing caregivers. In 2012, after a near Sudden Infant Death Syndrom (SIDS) episode when Kalaya was 8 weeks old, Candice knew her life would change drastically. Due to the lack of oxygen to Kalaya's brain, she was diagnosed with both Cerebral Palsy and Cortical Visual Impairment. Since then Candice has been advocating for and working with Kalaya full time. She has accessed occupational, physical, vision and speech therapists and has implemented their strategies in Kalaya’s therapy and recovery through play in her everyday routines. Candice also adapted items that she already had in her home which gave Kalaya the opportunity to explore, learn, play and grow in her own environment. After realizing how expensive "special needs" toys and equipment were, Candice used her creativity and adapted things around the house to help improve her daughter’s quality of life. These are just a few examples:
Candice is passionate about sharing her ideas and her adapted equipment with all parents who struggle and need extra support or sensory input ideas for their children. This is how the idea of the Adapted Play and Sensory Center started. She wanted a place that was adapted for children with ALL abilities and to have a place where parents and children can enjoy accessibility, inclusion, safety and understanding. Candice is passionate about meeting people and hearing their stories. She is so excited to watch children with all abilities play in a safe, accessible and inclusive centre and connect with parents and caregivers. Seeing your children PLAY is her dream come true.
She is working hard on getting exceptional Guest speakers for the bi-monthly Support, Connect, Information group called RISE (Resilient Individuals Supporting Each- other) through the Children’s Disability Support Network. This is a group where caregivers can connect, find support and get information while at the same time minimizing the isolation that she knows families can feel on occasion.
Candice feels blessed that she can help create a space for children and parents because she feels very strongly that no one needs to walk alone!!
Adapting things in your home can be inexpensive and easy do....sometime we just have to look outside the box :)
When your kiddos can’t get enough jumping....let em’ JUMP
When jumping inside gets boring........ Go OUTSIDE!!
Sometimes you need to just take a break from Jumping.....TIME 2 SWING!!
As Kalaya grows...so do her jumping frames!!