Success Stories

Mommy, I’m walking!

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“Mommy, I’m walking!” Those were the excited and proud words spoken by Colette when she took her first steps with a walker last summer. Three years earlier, Colette was a cheerful, smiling 8 ½-month-old baby who was able to stand up holding onto a table with one hand and progressing in her development as any …

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Meet Kayden. He’s a true superhero

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Meet Kayden. He’s a true superhero. He’s a little shy sometimes, but always playful and charming. He has a huge smile, big brown eyes and long lashes. Kayden also has cancer. Kayden is the youngest of seven kids – a big, beautiful family. He loves his Transformers and the Incredibles, but to Kayden, his parents …

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Starting in August of this year, SLDC has launched our Adult Life Skills Academy for adults aged 22-40 years old

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Starting in August of this year, SLDC has launched our Adult Life Skills Academy for adults aged 22-40 years old. We wanted to make a difference for adults with disabilities and we heard from the parents of our graduates over and over, “What now?” and “There are no programs available for my child.”  In building …

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She’s a sweet mama’s girl with the spirit of a warrior

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Let me introduce you to Gabriella She’s a sweet mama’s girl with the spirit of a warrior. When at just 18-months old, little Gabriella first became sick, the pediatricians thought it was just a bug. But, Mama knew deep down in her heart that something was wrong. After multiple visits to the doctor, the devastating …

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My first day at Mardan, I remember literally crying on my way there, wanting to go anywhere else.

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Mardan School is a small non-profit, state-certified school for children Kindergarten through 12th grade struggling with mild to moderate social-emotional, learning, and/or behavioral challenges. At Mardan School, our structured and supported environment allows children who have had difficulties in other school settings learn the tools and strategies that will help them experience success. What constitutes …

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Meet Sierra. She’s been a student at Speech & Language Development Center since 2013

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Sierra has been a student at SLDC since 2013. She is currently in our High School program.  Sierra was diagnosed with CHARGE Syndrome at birth. CHARGE is an extremely complex syndrome.  Sierra spent the first 5 months of her life in the NICU where she underwent 2 open heart surgeries.  Sierra has hearing and vision …

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Teens and Families

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Teens and families come to Laurel House in a state of crisis. Our teens’ parents are often struggling with their own serious issues, preventing them from providing healthy family dynamics. Sadly, these teens often cope with the chaos at home by turning to drugs and alcohol, running away, or skipping school. Here at Laurel House, …

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