“It’s difficult to find people that really care for your child,” said father Roger Brooks.
Roger Brooks is Juliana’s father who is a four year old with rett syndrome, a disorder of the nervous system that leads to developmental reversals, especially with language and hand use.
“We really feel like Our Children’s House is an extension of our family,” said Brooks.
At Our Children’s House at Baylor in Irving Juliana and other kids spend their days with playtime, education and therapy. Our Children’s House is also a beneficiary of Texas Fest.
“The Irving Healthcare Foundation supports several nonprofits here in the area and Our Children’s House has been a part of that for several years,” said Chair of Texas Fest Amanda O’Neal.
Community members and groups recognize the impact Our Children’s House is making and strive to raise funds for the organization.
“The biggest thing about Texas Fest is really the ability to get out, visit, network, and meet with other professionals in Irving,” said O’Neal. “A lot of the medical community tends to be there and people that have the same heart for philanthropy.”
Texas Fest is April 16 at the Irving Convention Center. Along with Our Children’s House several other nonprofits will be beneficiaries of the event.
“Our Children’s House gives us the flexibility to work and get the things we need so she can have the services that she needs,” said Brooks.
Juliana attends therapy sessions six times per week at Our Children’s House.
“I decided to do this profession because I can make a change,” said Special Pathologist Lilianette Rodriguez. “I can help those kids to have a better life.”
Juliana’s parents and therapists have noticed progress in her development.
“We were able to intervene early enough and teach her the skills and coordination that she needed to eat appropriately and use her tongue, teeth and muscles,” said Brooks.
Because of Brooks’ proactive approach to determine their daughter’s diagnosis, Juliana does not require a feeding tube for meals. Mandy females with rett syndrome do.
“Children with special needs need these services in order to live a functional life,” said Brooks. “If they don’t they will literally wilt up and die.”
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