Taking on the responsibility of raising a child with an intellectual or developmental disorder is a big one. It can be extremely overwhelming at times, and is especially daunting at the start. How do you teach your child to talk? Walk? Be able to fend for themselves in what can be a cruel and dangerous world?
Most first-time parents of a child with IDDs do not know the answer to those questions. So, the nonprofit organization Imagine! developed the idea for Dayspring. A branch of their original services, Dayspring is for babies and toddlers with developmental delays.
Dayspring takes a community-based approach and incorporates the family as much as possible.
Dayspring’s mission statement on their website reads, “We believe that the family is the child’s first teacher. Our whole child approach encourages parents and children to build upon strengths. We provide services to children and families at home and in the community where they live, learn, and play.”
Dayspring places a great emphasis around play because it is the most natural and fun way for a child to learn. As they describe it, “Much of children’s learning occurs as they touch, move, manipulate, experiment, and talk about things.”
So while the child is learning and developing lifelong skills, they simply feel the joy of playing.
Dayspring employs a variety of therapists to make sure each child’s specific needs are met by an expert. For example, if your child needs speech therapy, you can be seen by one of Dayspring’s three “Speechies.” If your child also struggles with physical tasks, the “Speechie” has access to a Dayspring physical therapist and three occupational therapists to help your child develop in a well-rounded manner.
Dayspring is celebrating 25 years of assistance, and is only continuing to grow in the Broomfield-Boulder area. One of Imagine!’s philosophies that has made them so successful is providing a child with IDDs and their family with Early Intervention Services that entail the provision of resources and structured care as early as possible.
With this approach, they have found it possible for children with IDDs to function independently as an adult and lead a fulfilling life.
Check out their video and their website for more information or to request care for a loved one.