Meet Nixson

Nixson’s love of lawn care extends to mowers, leaf blowers, weed whackers and any other piece of noise-making gadgetry used to tidy up a yard. “He is up to date on landscaping trends,” said his mom, Angela. When Nixson hears a lawnmower, he drops everything to watch the action.   The 3-year-old is becoming confident…

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Meet Linden

A bright-eyed little friend named Linden is walking! Linden was born with spina bifida, a spinal defect that threatens mobility. A few weeks shy of his third birthday, Linden took his first steps! It was a big moment for his family and for our staff at Joya Child & Family Development. The family’s journey began…

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Meet Lemmy

Lemmy enjoys reading books, watching Sesame Street and speeding around on a Ybike with her 7-year-old brother, Radlee, making siren noises in pursuit. With a loveable personality, constant smile and hearty laugh, Lemmy is a joy to parent. “She’s a very, very happy girl. We got lucky with her,” said her mom, Cora. Two-year-old Lemmy…

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Meet Harper

Everyone loves Harper. With a heart-melting smile and a friendly wave, Harper quickly makes friends “She loves people and likes to smile at everyone we see,” said her mom, Hagen. Harper has a syndrome that can cause a variety of medical and developmental challenges, including heart defects, immune system challenges, poor eyesight and delays in…

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Meet Aiden

Aiden is a typical 9-year-old who loves to socialize and play sports. A fierce yet friendly competitor, Aiden can maneuver his wheelchair at full speed, stop and turn on a dime and hit big shots. He’s a formidable player on his ParaSport Spokane team, which travels throughout the region for basketball tournaments, and on his…

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Joya Participating in Important Developmental Study

Joya Child & Family Development is participating in a University of Washington study that is focused on improving early diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and increasing access to specialized services when needed. “Because of the variability of features seen with social communication disorders, such as autism, it can be difficult to make diagnoses as…

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The Future of Early Intervention

Did you know that Joya Child & Family Development is helping to educate a future generation of pediatric therapists, teachers and nurses? Throughout the years, Joya has opened its doors to students from area and out of state universities so they can fulfill educational requirements and get a better understanding of early intervention practices that…

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Joya Engages Talented Students

Eight physical therapy students from Eastern Washington University recently participated in a summer seminar where they earned credits while working directly with children at Joya Child & Family Development. The class, taught by Ginette Kerkering, a Joya physical therapist who is also an EWU instructor, was made available for the first time thanks to an…

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