"Camp Woodchuck lets her be who she is"
Fifteen year old Ashley needs structure and to know what is next. She loves pens, notebooks and writing down a schedule that allows her to anticipate changes. Ashley and her parents David and Nancy are thankful for Rainbows and multiple services that help their family be successful as Ashley gains new skills and continues to grow as a young woman.
Tammy, a Rainbows’ Targeted Case Manger, submitted a needs assessment to the Sedgwick County Developmental Disabilities Organization which qualified Ashley for the MR/DD HCBS Medicaid waiver. This service allows Ashley to have the supportive home care she needs to be successful in living at home with her parents. Tammy also submitted a referral for Dr. James Vincent who helps with a functional behavioral assessment that allows the family to help Ashley manage her feelings and cope with her behaviors. Tammy coordinates monthly meetings with Dr. Vincent and he has helped her family implement the plan to encourage positive behavior.
The fun-filled structure at Camp Woodchuck has allowed Ashley some new experiences like her role as “camp assistant.” “Ashley takes her role as camp assistant to heart. The day after she got the badge, she dressed up to go to work. She looks forward to being a part of the camp team and can even get a pass to go see her boss, Camp Director Laura,” said Nancy. “She has her own desk in the classroom where she can sit and be alone or eat her lunch. It’s a simple thing, but it means structure to Ashley, and helps her regain her composure and self sooth.”
“Camp Woodchuck lets her be who she is,” Nancy added. “She enjoys being around her friends and the staff deal with her behaviors in such a positive and dignified way. I always know she is safe and having a good time.” When asked what she likes the most at camp, Ashley says she loves the new notebook that is all her own.
As part of the funding coordinated by TCM Tammy Cody, Ashley gets services from Rainbows’ Family Support Services in the form of in-home respite care. Mrs. Karen comes for a few hours every day and works alongside Ashley on life skills like exercising, grooming, laundry, cleaning her room, table manners, cooking healthy meals and community service. “Mrs. Karen picks me up and we have dinner at her house,” said Ashley. “Sometimes we go shopping at the mall too.” She has become Ashley’s friend, mentor and shopping partner.
Ashley’s mom and dad are proud of their daughter’s progress and thank Rainbows and the wonderful team members for “helping our daughter live the life she is capable of living.”
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