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Meet Jordan

How MRI could IMPACT you?

Jordan joined MRI, Independence Pointe (IP) in September of 2017. After a recommendation from his physical therapist, Jordan’s mother enrolled him at IP and she is happy with her decision.

At four years old, Jordan doesn’t let his condition get in the way of being a kid. Jordan has Cerebral Palsy and cannot walk or talk. However, his laughter and smile make up for his lack of communication. At home he enjoys watching TV and cuddling up with his mom. One of his favorite programs to watch is “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”.

During Jordan’s birth his mother had complications while delivering and Jordan was without oxygen for thirty minutes. Depriving the brain of oxygen for that long has major impacts in brain devlopment. Seeing how well Jordan is doing now is a miracle! While he might not verbally reply to conversation, he understands what is being said and if he is not already smiling or laughing he will give you a big smile if you ask.

Since enrolling with Discovery Depot at IP, Jordan has an opportunity to interact with children his age. He is also learning valuable motor skills. Prior to coming to IP he spent his days at home with his mother which affected both Jordan and his mother. His mother can now work throughout the day with the peace of mind that Jordan will be well looked after.

Now that Jordan is with MRI he has the ability to learn valuable developmental skills under qualified instructors. 

Below is a definition of Cerebral Palsy from; cerebralpalsy.org

Cerebral Palsy is actually caused by brain damage. The brain damage is caused by brain injury or abnormal development of the brain that occurs while a child’s brain is still developing — before birth, during birth, or immediately after birth. Cerebral Palsy affects body movement, muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture and balance. It can also impact fine motor skills, gross motor skills and oral motor functioning.

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Talk Time with Rachel – Meet Ryan

Meet Ryan

Ryan is a MRI Day Training Participant. He loves coming to Macon Resources and spending time with his best friend Robert. (Ryan wanted us to add, “Yes, we hug.”) Ryan also enjoys spending time with his group leader and case manager. He likes that they are, “helpful and trustworthy,” and above all, they are nice!

Ryan also likes sports! He enjoys football, basketball and, most of all, baseball. His favorite professional baseball team is the Chicago Cubs. During Ryan’s interview, when asked why they were his favorite team he simply replied, “Because Cubbies rule!” He enjoys taking walks in the park to see what activities are going on and to see the ducks at the pond.

All in all, Ryan sees himself as respectful, trust worthy and friendly. He is sure to put a smile on your face!

Read more “Talk Time with Rachel” interviews on the Blog.

Talk Time with Rachel – Meet Dolores

Meet Dolores

Dolores is a MRI Day Training participant. This means she spends her weekdays at MRI learning new skills and participating in classes like Sign Language, Literature and, her favorite, Music. Rachel interviewed Dolores a few weeks ago and we got to know a little more about her.

When Dolores is not here at MRI she enjoys spending time on the computer and collecting baby dolls and ink pins. Dolores also loves listening to music in her free time, with Bruno Mars being her favorite singer. She also loves movies and television! Her favorite movie to watch is Look Who is Talking Now and her favorite TV show is Leave it to Beaver! Dolores is also a big fan of Chinese cuisine. Yum!! One of Dolores’s favorite games to play is the card game Uno. She is competitive when playing and always strives to win!

Dolores is also a lover of animals, with dogs being her favorite! If she had a dog she would name it George.

When asked about what she likes about her case manager at MRI, Dolores said, “I think that my case manager is nice to me and she makes me happy.” She also had to say about her group leader, “She makes me happy and she is funny too!”

When asked about being able to travel anywhere she wished, Dolores says she would love to go to Florida. She would love to be in Florida swimming in the water!

What Dolores truly enjoys about MRI is that they give her an opportunity to make money. Through Community Employment Services (CES) and employment opportunities at Macon Resources, individuals have the option to earn a wage executing various tasks. See more information on MRI’s employment program here.

Overall, Dolores sees herself as a nice and funny individual and we all think so too!

Read more “Talk Time with Rachel” interviews on the blog! Unsure what Talk Time with Rachel is? Check out our first segment.

Meet Elden

“Our lives – especially Elden’s – will forever be more meaningful thanks to Independence Pointe.” -Jenell, Elden’s mother

Elden Bowling ShrinkJust before his third birthday, Elden had been receiving Early Intervention speech and language services through Independence Pointe. As his Early Intervention services were about to end, Elden’s mother, Jenell, was worried about his future. That December, she was invited to Independence Pointe’s Christmas Party. After attending the party and meeting the Independence Pointe staff and other families receiving services, “all those anxieties went away.”

Since that first meeting, Elden has been enrolled in various services offered at Independence Pointe. He is currently in speech therapy, which he began right after turning three. Elden had been non-verbal until he was almost four. Thanks to Independence Pointe’s speech therapy program, Elden spoke his first words at age four. “To hear him now at the age of six,” Jenell explains, “you would never guess he was ever non-verbal.”

Through his hard work and the guidance of the amazing Independence Pointe ABA staff, his social awareness and skills gave grown leaps and bounds.” -Jenell, Elden’s motherbowl-a-thon3-min

Shortly after beginning speech therapy, Elden was diagnosed with Autism. That summer, they began Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) at Independence Pointe. Elden spent the summer at Independence Pointe working hard to improve his social skills. He used to enjoy watching other kids play, but now he wants to join in as well! Independence Pointe has even helped out at home. Jenell explains, “we’ve learned more about what triggers his meltdowns and how to effectively calm him down.”

Recently, Elden’s parents also started attending Parents Night Out, a program designed to give parents a night out while Independence Pointe teaches and entertains their children. While the parents get a short break from parenting, the children work on social skills by playing games, enjoying guest performers, and taking field trips into the community.

“Parents Night Out is more than just getting an occasional night out with my husband. Elden gets essential social interaction and play. He gets to experience activities and friends in a setting that I know is safe.” -Jenell, Elden’s mother

Elden-minIndependence Pointe provides services to promote the growth of individuals who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Children’s Autism Services at Independence Pointe include Speech and Language Therapy, Child Care for children of all abilities ages 0-18, Social Skills Camp, Social Skills Support, an Autism Resource Room, and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). ABA provides instruction to improve the day-to-day life of children with ASD or other developmental disabilities.  ABA instruction, typically offered in a one-on-one setting to meet the needs of each learner, is focused on teaching skills and decreasing behaviors that interfere with learning.

For more information on MRI Autism Services for children, click here.

Meet Ethan

When Ethan was diagnosed with mild to moderate autism just before he turned three, his mother, Melissa, was worried. She wasn’t familiar with many autism resources and was scared of the unknown. She contacted MRI Independence Pointe for support.  After learning more about MRI’s Autism Services at Independence Pointe, immediately enrolled Ethan in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and speech therapy.

Since Ethan began receiving speech therapy, he is finally making progress.  He has gained the equivalence of two years of speech and language development. With the support of MRI’s Independence Pointe, Melissa has also gained some insight into better ways to help him communicate more effectively at home. When Ethan was first diagnosed with autism, Melissa felt isolated because, “people don’t understand some of the erratic behaviors Ethan has.” ABA therapy has helped reduce and even eliminate many of those behaviors, which makes communicating and socializing easier for Ethan.

‘The changes I have seen in my son are nothing short of amazing.” – Melissa, Ethan’s mother

Independence Pointe provides services to promote the growth of individuals who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Children’s Autism Services at Independence Pointe include Speech and Language Therapy, Child Care for children of all abilities ages 0-18, Social Skills Camp, Social Skills Support, an Autism Resource Room, and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). ABA provides instruction to improve the day-to-day life of children with ASD or other developmental disabilities.  ABA instruction, typically offered in a one-on-one setting to meet the needs of each learner, is focused on teaching skills and decreasing behaviors that interfere with learning.

For more information on MRI Autism Services for children, click here.