Here at The Warren Center, we believe that self-expression is paramount to a child’s happiness and well-being. Because of this, you can understand the dismay and worry William’s mother felt upon discovering that her child had trouble communicating with others.
Even though he was a lively, sweet, and affectionate child, William had a hard time expressing himself or following instructions from an early age. Upon evaluation, we discovered that William started naming familiar objects at age 2, starting uses phrases at age 3, and started speaking short sentences at 4 years of age. For comparison, a typical child names objects at 12-18 months old, uses two-word phrase at age 2, and uses short sentences at 3 years old. After further evaluation, our clinical professionals found that William suffered from a severe receptive and expressive language disorder.
Unfortunately, William’s state-funded insurance would only pay for two speech therapy sessions a month – not nearly enough to treat the severity of his condition. However, thanks to generous donations, we have been able to provide him the one-on-one therapy he needs and advocated with his school district to provide William with additional services. Within seven months, William’s standardized test sore improved substantially by 14 points, allowing him to communicate happily within his individual and group settings. William’s most recent evaluation demonstrated that his test rose again by 10 points, changing his disorder categorization from severe to moderate. His mother is delighted to report that his favorite part of the week is visiting The Warren Center. With the help of donors like you, our Center is helping children like William realize the gift of speech.