The Children's Center for Communication and Development

United Way Education Partner

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Who Are They?

The Children’s Center provides speech and language therapy, special education, audiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, behavior management, auditory-verbal therapy and parent education for infants, toddlers and preschoolers with disabilities. The Center also offers outreach and technical assistance to public school early intervention programs in service development, assessments and intervention design. A resource loan library is maintained for families of children with disabilities who require adaptive toys, specialized equipment and educational information.

What Does United Way's Funding Do?

United Way dollars help fund services (education, therapy and materials) for children from birth to age five with disabilities in communication and development, including education, therapy and special materials and equipment.

The Impact of Your United Way Investment

Through services provided, the children with special needs improve their physical and communication skills, enabling them to enroll in traditional school districts after graduating from the center.

Meet Brodie

Brodie was a micro-preemie, born at 25 weeks. His disabilities were so comprehensive in scope and profoundly severe that there were no medical expectations for him to survive, much less develop an educational foundation. Against all odds, Brodie progressed through all of the Center's services and classes. He learned to communicate, to perform preschool activities and to walk independently after years of intensive therapies, which were funded by United Way. All medical predictions were that Brodie would never leave the hospital. Five years after his premature birth and his grave prognosis, Brodie "graduated" from The Children's Center and enrolled in a local public school!

 

 

Pictured are Brodie and his speech-language pathologist Ladell Kraft