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Did you know that about 85 percent of the human brain develops in the first three years of life? Holly Ridge Center does and that is just one reason why the agency has been successful for 50 years.

 

 

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Meet Adella

Holly RidgeAdella has always been a highly sensitive and easily startled baby. Her parents thought that these qualities were personality traits that she would eventually grow out of as she became older and more mature.  However, Adella’s anxiety issues became significantly more alarming with the birth of Adella’s younger sister. At 2 years old, Adella’s aggravation levels soared when her newborn sister would begin to cry or become loud in any way.  Her parents were forced to keep the girls separated as much as possible in order to keep Adella calm and to help her cope with her angst.  This did not work for Adella or their family. At this point, it also was clearly noticeable that Adella showed delays in many other areas of her development. This is when her mother Lisa took action and called the Washington State’s Early Intervention hotline and was directed to Holly Ridge Center.

When Adella began receiving services at Holly Ridge Center, she was unable to put two words together.  After 6 months of dedicated, loving therapy by the highly certified speech language pathologists at Holly Ridge Center, Adella’s progress was significantly noticeable and heartwarming. Adella could say 3 word sentences and her vocabulary had increased dramatically. 

Holly Ridge Center’s Playgroup also helped Adella break through many additional barriers, including a lack of interest in interacting with other children her own age, parental separation anxiety, and a fear of going outside.  Playgroup systematically introduced her to a group situation with other children in a controlled setting, which was crucial.  “We had tried taking Adella to the YMCA for children's classes, but it was too overwhelming and loud for her to handle. The small class sizes at Holly Ridge Center paired with the well-trained teachers significantly helped Adella learn how to cope with her anxieties,” said Adella’s mother Lisa.  By the time Adella graduated from Playgroup, she enjoyed going outside, was able to play outside during playtime without a family member at hand and also would more confidently interact with other children. "The first time that Adella successfully went outside without her mom and began interacting with other children was such a joyous event. Her sweet, tender smile was icing on the cake," said Lori Patterson, HRC Educator.

Adella is now 3 years old. She loves to play with her baby dolls, swing on her play set outside and watch her dad mow the lawn! She also enjoys art projects, including painting.  Adella successfully and independently attends school.  She has transitioned into a developmental preschool with the South Kitsap School District. “This process seemed a bit overwhelming to my husband and me at the time, but, thankfully, Holly Ridge Center efficiently guided us through the process,” noted Lisa.  At times, some of these activities can still make Adella uneasy, but she uses what she has learned at Holly Ridge Center to help overcome her nervousness.

“Our family has received immeasurable help from Holly Ridge Center. Not only did Adella receive the essential services that she needed from the agency’s highly qualified and loving staff, but we were also provided with resources, guidance and coping strategies that allowed us to better understand and manage Adella's disorder in a proactive way that has greatly benefited Adella and our entire family. Watching Adella find her independence and enjoy her surroundings is amazing to watch. It continues to make me happy every day,” Lisa smiles.   

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