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Tyler's Story

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Tyler is an energetic kid who loves to play with Legos and Power Rangers. His favorite color is blue and he loves reading Disney’s McQueen Series. He also enjoys playing at parks and playgrounds.   Tyler attends S. June Smith Center’s Inclusive Preschool. While Tyler doesn’t have any developmental needs, his parents shared with us a little bit about how the S. June Smith Center affected Tyler when his brother Max received services.   “Tyler was born with no issues and did not personally need the services.   But, Tyler participated with Max throughout his entire journey with the S. June Smith Center to date – from therapies to preschool!”   They continued to express how beneficial it was to have the S. June Smith Center involved in both of their lives, “We enjoy the fact that Tyler and Max can attend a preschool right now during the development stages where they really rely on each other.  Eventually, they may go to different schools, but they currently remain together where Tyler helps Max physically and Max helps Tyler socially!” This family-centered approach is at the core of the S. June Smith Center’s philosophy for delivering services.   Family time is very important to Tyler. He loves spending time with his twin brother, Max; big sisters, Emmie and Cami; and their puppy, Macy.

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Nadia is a social butterfly!  She loves playing with her baby dolls and caring for them. Her favorite color is pink. She loves to paint, color and sing. She is a huge fan of books and loves the characters in the stories. Her favorite book is Sophia the First. Nadia’s love for stories also extends into live theater. She loves going to see stories come to life on stage.   Nadia received services from the S. June Smith Center ‘s Birth to Three Program. Eric and Jerissa, Nadia’s parents, share their experiences with the S. June Smith Center:   “Where do we start… Nadia was blessed to have all three of her therapists from S. June Smith since she was 2 months old.  Nadia just turned 3!  Our therapists worked together collaboratively to have Nadia walking, using sign language, eating independently and ready to begin a successful preschool experience in an all-inclusive environment.”   When we asked them what they liked most about the S. June Smith Center, they said,   “The therapists at the really listen to family wishes regarding what will work and what will not. They are always willing to restate goals and challenge development to the next level without any pressure for the child to perform.”

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When you meet Jada, the first thing you will notice about her is how energetic and loving she is! It is no surprise that this energetic girl loves to run around outside, swim, dance like a ballerina and play with her friends and cousins. She also enjoys coloring and putting puzzles together.   Jada has received services from the S. June Smith Center’s Birth to Three program. Michelle, Jada’s mom, shared about how the S. June Smith Center has made a significant impact on Jada’s development.   “Jada received speech, occupational therapy and special instruction until she turned 3. Her clarity and number of words she spoke improved; they [interventionists from the S. June Smith Center] gave us strategies to use to help with the sensory issues to calm her down; they were a part of her initial integration into a day care setting and it was wonderful to have that support and partnering.” Michelle has been touched by the amount of caring and attention she received from staff at the S. June Smith Center and feels it was one of the best aspects of working with the S. June Smith Center.   “The personal attention my daughter received from the therapists. They kept me abreast on her problems, advances, etc.  Each therapist brought specific knowledge to the table to help my daughter.”   Jada is a sweet little girl who loves the color pink and playing with her stuffed kitty. Her favorite book is Llama Llama Nighty Night.

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