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Mia Nilsen, 4, of Boulder chases bubbles from TLC co teacher Jessica Horton on the playground Monday. Mia has Rett Syndrome, which prevents her Mbt Mens Shoes Amazon from speaking or using sign language. (Matthew Jonas / Longmont Times Call)
Parent and TLC volunteer Janie Peterson said in addition to raising money for the school, the auction will also raise awareness about the benefits of the school's inclusive education model.
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Despite her communication challenges, Mia is very social and thrives on the attention she gets at the preschool, which combines typical students and students with special needs.
Another student ran up to Mia on the playground Monday giving her a hug and pointing out how much she likes the sequin purple butterfly on Mia's shirt. Mia's friend does all of the talking while Mia smiles and touches her shirt acknowledging the compliment.
"If we go to the park, other kids will come up to her and want to play but she will just stare at them and they'll just leave," said Amy Nilsen, Mia's mom. "At school, the other kids will bring her cards and help her communicate in other ways. They Mbt Shoes Uk Online
"It's really good for her to be around the other kids and see what they're doing and learn from them," Nilsen said. Vans Toy Story Uk Release
syndrome, a rare neurological disorder that impairs brain function that makes speech and sign language impossible. The cards are Mia's way of communicating.
"She doesn't have any older brothers or sisters to watch, so this is where she gets that."
Every few minutes, Mia's teacher at the Longmont's TLC Learning Center, formerly the Tiny Tim Learning Center, stops pushing the swing to offer Mia the cards.
Mia works with a speech therapist to improve her communication, and a physical therapist helps her stretch tight muscles that result from a hand clapping habit that is typical of many Rett patients, Nilsen said.
After a few minutes of being pushed on a swing Monday morning, Mia Nilsen points to a card that has the word "more" written on it, ignoring the card next to it that says "all done."
As the family discusses where Mia will go to kindergarten in 2015, Nilsen is realizing how much Mia has benefitted from TLC.
"My husband and I work full time so having a safe place where she can be during the day is really important," Nilsen said. "It takes away a lot of the worry knowing that she is somewhere that she can thrive.".
Teachers and therapists also provide Mia and other students with special needs individual attention.
The Boulder family will be supporting the school at the 31st annual Celebrate TLC dinner and auction on Saturday, May 3. All proceeds from tickets and the live and silent auctions will benefit the TLC Learning Center.
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