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Five-Year-Old Braeden Succeeding in Family CNA Program

April 18, 2023
Mike Ralston

Five-year-old Braeden was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and apraxia of speech. ASD requires substantial support, and there are challenges in social communication and extremely inflexible behavior. 

Some people with ASD may require significant support in their daily lives, while others may need less support and, in some cases, live entirely independently.

Apraxia of speech occurs when a child has difficulty making accurate movements when speaking. With this disorder, the speech muscles aren’t weak, but they don’t perform normally because the brain has difficulty directing or coordinating the movements. 

The Leader in Family Caregiver Services in Colorado

Braeden’s father, Paul, heard about the family caregiver program at Solace Pediatric Healthcare before COVID-19, but was unsure he could do it. He had a track record with Solace, using therapists off and on since Braeden was two-years-old.

At Solace, the home care assistance programs allow family members or caregivers the opportunity to earn an income for the care they provide in the home. Both programs, Family CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) and In-Home Support Services (IHSS), generate employment for the caregiver while also providing the patient with the highest quality care.

“Being able to provide for Braeden, while helping him, means the world. There isn’t a lot that is required, which makes this a great help to families and kids who need a little extra care. Adding workloads to already stressed out tired parents never helps anyone. It was tailor-made to suit my son and that makes a difference,”  adds Paul.

Braeden didn’t walk or talk before Solace became involved, but after six months in the Family CNA program, he has made huge leaps and bounds. He is walking, talking and learning everyday. His whole life is an accomplishment and every day he adds more to the list. 

“Braeden’s therapists are doing great with him. We’re helping with what we can. He’s pretty active and most of his school and in-home care is helping to add more words and better balance,” said Paul. 

“I would definitely recommend the Family CNA program. It’s a lot of work in the short term, but long term it’s putting security and stability back into our lives. Braeden is a happy child and that’s the greatest gift I could ask for as a parent.” 

“We have had many great professionals in our home and now because of this program I get to work hand-in-hand with them. I’ve been grateful to be accepted to this program and really impressed with the level of care and concern.”

Having a child with a long-term diagnosis requiring daily care is life-altering. At Solace Pediatric Healthcare, we believe no one makes a better caregiver than a loved one, and we’re here to equip you with the necessary tools to deliver that care. 

“The team we have around my little guy is great and I am glad to be heard. Jacelyn, Liz, Ryan and Anna have been with me on this journey and continue to make me feel respected and cared for as a father and co-worker.”

“I love this program because I’m not alone. I have people to talk to about my son, I’m helping my family with the wages, and I’m earning and able to devote more time to my son while he grows up. This won’t fix everything, but it helps get you to a place of stability which is sorely needed for most parents,” adds Paul.

Interested in Becoming a Family CNA?

If you’re interested in learning more about the Family CNA program, reach out to us to determine if you are eligible to participate in one of these impactful home health aide/home care assistance programs, receive weekly competitive compensation, and a multitude of benefits. We’re here to guide and offer support through this process every step of the way!

  • STEP 1:   Call us at 303.432.8487, Ext. 6, or visit our website to complete a brief assessment form.
  • STEP 2:   Solace will send a Registered Nurse to your home to determine qualification.
  • STEP 3:   If eligible, Solace will enroll you in a CNA course, FREE of charge.
  • STEP 4:   Complete school, a brief orientation, and you are officially an employee of Solace.
  • STEP 5:   Employees will be paid weekly for their care and receive a multitude of benefits.

Solace Pediatric Healthcare is the leading provider of family caregiver, occupational, physical, speech and feeding therapy services. Since 2005, our clinicians have provided pediatric care to children from birth to 21 years of age. 

We offer comprehensive pediatric therapy services in Colorado and Arizona.

At Solace, we’ve instilled a culture built on trust, communication, teamwork and accountability. Our mission is to provide pediatric clinical services to help children and families live their best lives.

References: Autism Speaks, Mayo Clinic

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