The Kiddie Pool... Help Change Janine's Life!

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About Me

Janine is seven years old and loves school. She attends a special ed class for part of the day, and joins her kindergarten class for lunch, recess, music, art, and PE. After school, Janine often has speech and occupational therapy through the local children’s hospitals. She enjoys horseback riding, swimming, and shopping! After a long day, she looks forward to coming home and just relaxing with her brothers.

Janine was born with a rare genetic condition called “Cri du chat" syndrome (French for “Cry of the Cat", one of the first signs associated with suspicion of this disorder). There are several features in common with ataxic cerebral palsy: low muscle tone, poor coordination, and an unsteady gait. Janine also has global developmental delays, the biggest in the area of oral motor development and speech production. Attending clinical speech, occupational, and physical therapy since infancy, Janine has always made steady progress.

Phenomenal gains have been made over the last year in Janine’s ability to communicate through the use of adaptive equipment and assistive communication technology, such as picture symbol boards, picture schedules, gesturing, and American Sign Language. Because of this progress, in February, Janine was introduced to the use of a computerized “talker"), which can generate audible words for her. After some initial training on the device in the speech clinic, we were given the opportunity by United Cerebral Palsy to “trial" a communication device in daily life at home and across all her usual settings (school, therapy, doctors’ appointments, and leisure) for several weeks.

Results have been amazing. Teachers and therapists were shocked at the higher level of cognitive understanding that Janine was demonstrating versus her very limited verbal skills. Some of the professionals working with Janine were previously unaware that Janine knew colors, numbers, letters, even sight words, appropriate to her age. Low expectations had often led to a “dumbing down" of her preschool curriculum, which in turn had led Janine to “tune out" or “shut down" when bored, thus perpetuating a false notion that she “obviously" was not capable of understanding more than they were giving her credit for. She has proven that she is quite capable of navigating the device, expressing her thoughts, needs, emotions, and opinions, often in complete sentences, which she can quickly assemble word by word from her picture keys.

Other adaptive equipment has been essential to this progress as well: supportive seating, a special needs stroller, and an adaptive tricycle have all enabled Janine to do the things a typical kindergartener would do. She has just had to work harder at the things that come naturally to her peers: eating, walking, talking, learning, and playing.

Currently Janine is outgrowing much of her adaptive equipment and needs to replace several items!

**Donation graphs will update within one business day of donation.

Fun Facts

Fun Facts about Janine!

Her favorite class in school is... Dance/Movement Class!

She likes... Horseback Riding and Swimming!

She loves... SpongeBob!

Her favorite colors are... Purple and Pink!

My Need

Currently Janine is outgrowing much of her adaptive equipment and needs to replace several items! Some of the equipment she needs are the Kaye Kinder Chair, Special Tomato Large Car Seat, Convaid CruiseAire Stroller and AmTryke 16" Special Needs Bicycle

Pool Rules

Here are the steps you need to take to become part of the Kiddie Pool program:
  1. Fill out the Kiddie Pool sign-up form below.
  2. will create your child’s webpage using the photograph and information you've uploaded in the sign up form. This will take 2-5 business days.
  3. will prepare an email and send it to you. You will forward it to your friends and family directly.
  4. The email will link your friends and family to your child’s Kiddie Pool Page where they can choose the amount of their donation.
  5. Your assigned Kiddie Pool Account Manager will notify you when each donation has been made, who made the donation and when you reach your desired goal.
  6. Once your goal is reached, you can order your child’s equipment.

* requires your permission to use your child’s first name & last initial and age on our website. No geographical or address information will be used.

*Since donations can only be made in $25.00 increments, an excess of funds might be in your child’s Kiddie Pool when the goal is reached. If this occurs, no refunds will be given. You may use this excess of funds towards additional merchandise.

*Your dollar amount goal is based on the product and accessories current price. Actual order total is subject to change based on price changes set by each manufacturer. If a price increase has occurred, you have two options:

1. Increase your goal amount
2. Put acquired funds on credit with for later use

*Donations are like gift certificates. They can only be redeemed for product or credit on account with They cannot be refunded. Certain items cannot be shipped outside of the contiguous 48 states. We will notify you if this is the case with any item choosen. If the item can be shipped outside of the contiguous 48 states, shipping charges will apply. If extra shipping expenses are incurred, you will be responsible for the amount.

*After your goal is met and before your order is placed, will verify sizing with our staff therapists.
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