We founded Terrific U with one goal in mind: AWARENESS. Our oldest daughter came to us and she asked us if we could start and run a business to raise awareness for kids like her. Vanessa is diagnosed with anxiety, ADHD, and Sensory Processing (SPD). She is personally affected by this and wants to tell people more about it; as well as helping other kids like her who has anxiety, SPD, ADHD, and other abilities. Vanessa is a patient at The Thompson Center, receives outpatient occupational therapy, and follows a sensory diet. This school year we are homeschooling to help give her the flexibility needed to learn, that a 504 does not allow. Unfortunately, she does not qualify for an IEP or OT during school hours, as her diagnosis are not distinct enough to make the requirements. This drives our passion for awareness. It has driven us from the beginning, and continues to drive us into the future. Leah looks up to Vanessa, and helps her get through the tough times weather Vanessa is sensory seeking or having a sensory overload. We know the everyday struggle of the different ways sensory processing can affect day to day activities. We strive to make your entire shopping experience as easy as possible. You can contact us through the webpage or check us out on Facebook or Instagram!
The Clevenger Family
What It Means & Represents
Handprints - We are all made different and uniquely.
Butterfly - Transformation. We are all growing, learning, and changing each day.
Terrific - "Sometimes I (and kids like me) get mixed up, but we are not bad kids, we are all terrific like everyone else." ~ Vanessa
Accept. Love. Advocate. - We strive to bring awarness & help others in need. Some of our profits are donated back into the comunnity to help kids like Vanessa get the items they need to succeed and reach short and long term goals.
This is Vanessa. She looks like a normal kid to everyone. Vanessa likes school, plays soccer, is apart of tumbling and mini cheer, takes piano lessons, in the 4-H Club, active in her church, and enjoys participating in youth fishing tournaments with her Dad. Little does everyone know that Vanessa struggles on a daily basis to control her mind and body. That it is hard for her to self regulate and control her strong emotions. Vanessa has ADHD and SPD.
What is ADHD? Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Children with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors (may act without thinking about what the result will be), or be overly active. A child with ADHD might: daydream a lot, forget or lose things a lot, squirm or fidget, talk too much, make careless mistakes or take unnecessary risks, hard time resisting temptation, trouble taking turns, or have difficulty getting along with others. There are 3 different kinds of ADHD: Inattentive, Hyperactive-Impulsive, & Combined.
Vanessa has ADHD Combined Type.
What is SPD? Sensory Processing Dysfunction
SPD is a condition in which the brain has trouble receiving and responding to information that comes in through the senses. Formerly referred to as sensory integration dysfunction, it is not currently recognized as a distinct medical diagnosis. Sensory processing disorder may affect one sense, like: sight, smell, hearing, taste, touch, vestibular, or proprioception. Or it may affect multiple senses all at once. A child can be over-responsive and/or under-responsive to the things they have difficulties with. Sometimes the brain doesn't know what to do with that information and the child becomes disorganized and confused.
Vanessa is on both sides of the spectrum.
"Sometimes I overreact to this sensory input and sometimes I don't react enough. This makes it really hard for me to function on a daily basis. I am a Terrific kid, like (Terrific) you." ~ Vanessa