June 25, 2018

The school year approaches, and it’s time to start thinking about kindergarten. ​We understand many questions can come to mind in the process of preparing your child, and yourself, for that first year in “big school.” The overarching question: With so many options available, where should we go? As of this year, High Hopes is officially tossing our name into that discussion. In this post, we will outline what our kindergarten will look like – the practical application and benefits of a truly inclusive model of education, the experience and knowledge provided by a highly qualified staff, the deep level of resources available to ensure each child’s complete success, and of course all the fun we’re going to have!

When exploring the different childcare/ preschool options, my husband, Matt, and I looked no further once we found High Hopes! Like many first-time parents, I was somewhat paranoid (and probably overly cautious) about the safety of my child. I wanted him in a place where I knew he would receive the best care possible! But, unlike many parents that come to High Hopes, my husband and I were not seeking a school for children with special needs. We were aware of the developmental programs offered by High Hopes. However, we just really loved the warm and friendly staff and teachers, the care and attention that each child receives (small class size), and the security. For our son RJ (now 5 years old) and our daughter Maggie-Jo (2 years old), High Hopes has been the only preschool they have...

May 11, 2018

Tomorrow, May 12th, is Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Awareness Day!  A very rare condition, Cornelia de Lange Syndrome is a complex diagnosis about which much is still being discovered.  We thought we would detail some helpful information, to do our part to spread awareness of this developmental syndrome. In 1933, a Dutch pediatrician named Cornelia Catharina de Lange took on a young patient who was small for her age and had very distinct, somewhat atypical facial characteristics. She set about the task of researching, describing, and documenting what she had discovered.  The syndrome she studied now bears her name: Cornelia de Lange Syndrome.

May 3, 2018

Since its founding in 1931, the Nashville Children’s Theatre has been a staple of Nashville fine arts and education.  In addition to performing and entertaining throughout each year, they host and run programs to nurture and educate their target audience: children and young adults throughout Middle Tennessee! Today, the Nashville Children’s Theatre remains an active and conscientious member of the Nashville and Middle Tennessee community. Knowing the history and the inclusive, educational values of this organization, we thought it’d be fun to go check out one of their performances… with a member of their target audience! So we took Aldyn to their latest production...

April 19, 2018

Kids are weird. Aren't we all? However, when it comes to differences caused by damage to the brain, it seems we still operate more from fear or a lack of understanding, and many times, understanding only comes through a personal experience. Being the mother of a child with special needs has opened my eyes to ignorance and discrimination, but coincidentally it has also opened up a special pocket of the world that celebrates and shouts inclusion. The Dobsons' family story encompasses struggle and uncertainty, but also joy and community, and discusses the true meaning and impact of the word "inclusion..."

April 16, 2018

On April 29th, Music City’s own minor league baseball team the Nashville Sounds will face the New Orleans Baby Cakes in their 12th home game of the season, and High Hopes will be the Charity of the Game! During last year’s 2017 season, the Charity of the Game promotion hosted 30 local nonprofits at various home games, and now High Hopes will take its turn.  The game begins at 1:05 PM on a Sunday afternoon, and it promises to be a fun and entertaining afternoon for all! Learn more about the Sounds and this opportunity to show your support for High Hopes in this post...

April 6, 2018

Sporting the largest community-built playground in the United States, the Crofts’ Historic Home available for seasonal tours, and several dynamic and interactive exhibits with a diverse population of animals, the Zoo continues to up the ante of its offerings.  Newer exhibits such as spider monkeys, the interactive Kangaroo Kickabout, and cassowary enclosures continue to be popular among Zoo-goers of all ages. Most recently, on March 15th, the Zoo cut the ribbon on a large addition featuring Andean bears. In the month of April, the Zoo will be offering several unique opportunities for family springtime fun, and that’s what we will highlight in this post.  Consider making plans to attend one or more of these awesome community events at the Nashville Zoo!

April 1, 2018

Happy Easter from High Hopes!

Spring is in the air and we are so excited to see what this new season has in store for us!

Thanks to all the families who contributed Easter eggs for us to fill with goodies.  Thanks to your donations, we had plenty of eggs to go around and we filled them all with love (and chocolate)!

Thanks to all the volunteers who hid the eggs and helped with the hunts.  We couldn't have pulled it off without you, nor would we have wanted to!  Our volunteers are such a huge part of what we do, not just for special events like our Easter egg hunts, but also throughout the year.  Thank you to everyone who volunteers their time and their smiles to our events, our classrooms, our clinic, our clubs and camps, and so much more!  We love you and we can't thank you enough!
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How fast does your heart beat?  I can’t begin to explain how enormous that question is to me.  The words “heart” and “beat” put together are so powerfully magnificent.  Heartbeat- passion, vitality, warmth, health.  I have been listening to heartbeats for the last six years religiously.  The first time I really heard one that I paid attention to was during my first pregnancy with our now six-year-old boy. I imagined motherhood to be this lovely journey full of monograms and Pottery Barn nursery decorations.  I envisioned an altered vaccination schedule and never ever needing to pay for education.  I imagined I would drive a beautiful enormous SUV and retain my rocking Pilates body for the long haul.  And with one heartbeat everything changed. Read about Colleen's motherhood journ...

February 22, 2018

Charlie’s first day of school just so happened to be the day I gave birth to his brother and sister. This was not planned. Nothing about any of my pregnancies or deliveries or mom-life really was. But ever since he turned two, High Hopes was part of the plan. It’s important as a parent of a child with special needs (or any human really) to build your tribe. You need your people. The ones you can rely on to help without question, to offer an ear without judgment, and who “get” your family and how it works. For us, outside of family, it’s High Hopes.

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