Spanish Speaking Staff and Interpreter are Invaluable to Families

When 3-year-old Daniela (Dani) was born, she was diagnosed with Down Syndrome and a heart murmur. Anjelica, Dani’s mother was given information about Rainbows’ services from doctors at St. Joseph Via Christi Hospital. She called Rainbows and soon began receiving Infant/Toddler Services with Physical Therapist Pam Chiles and Spanish Interpreter Scarlett Grassie. Pam and Scarlett […]

Helping children achieve Developmental Milestones

When young children need help walking, talking or sleeping, there is a team of skilled early childhood professionals available to help through Rainbows United, Inc. Early intervention therapists with a passion for helping families with young children listen carefully and faithfully walk alongside families to help children learn and achieve developmental milestones. Rainbows serves nearly […]

Free Developmental Screenings for children birth to five years old

Connecting Point is a project of the Sedgwick County Early Childhood Coordinating Council, which strives to improve the quality of early childhood services and reflect the diversity of the community. Screen for Success is provided by Wichita Public Schools and Rainbows United, Inc.- Connecting Point, and connects children and families to community resources. The screening […]

Inter-disciplinary Team Provides Ideas, Resources and Support

Jessica knew her son, Jojo had autistic tendencies just after his first birthday. He lost eye-contact, his speech did not progress and he would not eat. He began repetitive behaviors and did not meet developmental milestones like his older siblings. He acted as if other people around him did not exist. “I tell family and […]

Building Brain Power: Infants & Toddlers need connection

As a Mental Health Specialist at Rainbows United, I have the privilege of working with children ages birth to 3 and their families. I often stress the importance of building attachment or connection with children in order to decrease unwanted behaviors. While this is true, in this article I want to elaborate on the importance […]

Dottie is a baby, not a diagnosis

Dear Rainbows, Dottie was born November 8th, 2019 with a surprise diagnosis of Down Syndrome. Although my husband and I weren’t burdened by the diagnosis… the onslaught of potential heart, thyroid, feeding problems threw us both into temporary despair. Dottie had a major heart defect that was corrected in July 2020. Thank the Lord! And […]

Top 5 Questions About Hearing Health

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, which raises awareness about communication disorders, such as hearing loss and speech disorders. As Rainbows’ Audiologist, I enjoy educating our families about the importance of hearing during early intervention services. It’s encouraging to leave a home visit knowing our families have a better understanding of the value of […]

Rainbows’ Early Intervention Services Help Children with Special Needs

“The day Ryan took his first few steps (January 8, 2019) we cried the happiest, ugliest tears and thank goodness for technology because we could film it and practically sent it to everyone in our contacts list,” said Allison, Ryan’s mom. “We were so proud to send it to Jamee knowing how hard Ryan had […]

If your child has a developmental delay, do not be embarrassed about it.

“The day Ryan took his first few steps (January 8, 2019) we cried the happiest, ugliest tears and thank goodness for technology because we could film it and practically sent it to everyone in our contacts list,” said Allison, Ryan’s mom. “We were so proud to send it to Jamee knowing how hard Ryan had […]

Harrison is proof.

On July 18, 2019, Harrison and I walked out of Rainbows United, Inc. hand in hand for the last time. He was an undeniably different child than he was when he first entered those colorful doors almost two years earlier.  Harrison was two-and-a-half years-old when Travis and I started having serious concerns about his development. […]