Testimonials

“I appreciate the fact that the staff at Children Speech & Feeding Therapy tries their best to work with insurance companies to resolve claims. I am so happy to have found them. I wish there were more dedicated companies like theirs in other disciplines as well…”

-Parent

 

“Children’s Speech & Feeding Therapy is a place where miracles happen. With the help of individual and group feeding therapies, our son Thomas has gone from being a 100% feeding tube dependent infant to a healthy and vibrant three year old who is now 100% orally fed. Thank you, Arden, for your brilliant program, your compassionate spirit and endless support!”

-Parent

 

“I highly recommend Children's Speech & Feeding Therapy if you are looking for a qualified Speech-Language Pathologist to provide speech and language therapy for your child. Marnie Millington's expertise in the field shines through during her therapy sessions. She is thorough, dedicated, and comes prepared to every session. As a pediatric SLP myself, I was impressed with her in-depth knowledge about current research in the field and treatment techniques. You can feel her energy and true desire to help your child! Marnie is the best and has truly

been a blessing in our lives!! We have also worked with Lauren who I would recommend as well. Lauren knows how to work with kids and is a talented SLP! In addition, the clinic is an overall warm and friendly place. The office manager, Dee Dee, was so helpful in guiding me through insurance questions and more importantly taking the time to get to know my kids who adore her! Childrens Speech and Feeding Therapy will always hold a special place in my heart!”

-Parent

 

“Arden Hill saved my son's life. At age 10 months he was placed on an NG feeding tube, then a PEG tube and eventually a Mickey Button. He had severe reflux and associated food with pain. He refused to eat or drink anything and would vomit if we touched his cheeks or lips. With her intense feeding therapy sessions, he was able to overcome his oral and tactile aversions and was gradually weened from his feeding tube over the course of 2 years. He is now 5 years old and a healthy and successful oral feeder. Arden is so incredibly gifted, intelligent, professional and empathetic. She taught us amazing techniques to help our son and always gave honest an appropriate feedback in a timely manner. If it weren't for her and her amazing program, I don't think we would have survived such an ordeal.”

-Parent

 

“My son has been treated by Jordan for two years and he has made tremendous progress thanks to her! I am thrilled with the outcome and the support. He loves coming here and the one-on-one attention. She has been very supportive in the face of negotiating our new IEP with the school and her professional opinion has had a big impact in assuring the best services for his needs.”

-Parent

 

“In the past three years, our son has worked with seven different speech therapists, both at school and privately. Without question, Jordan is one of the most talented therapists we’ve met. She is prompt and professional. She treats children with the respect they deserve, and is always available to answer our questions and address our concerns. She has also consulted with our school district when necessary, working collaboratively with our school speech therapist to write appropriate goals and objectives for our son. We would recommend her without reservation.”

-Parent

 

“Our son immediately took to Lara. We saw significant progress in our son after about a month of seeing her, which really put us at ease knowing that Lara was on our team. Lara is proactive at establishing clear and measurable goals, and always updated us on our son’s progress. She truly cares about her students. We have since moved to CA, and 6 months after, she still checks on how our son is doing and answers any questions I have! Now if only I can find her twin here in CA!”

-Parent

 

“When my two year old was not talking I contemplated starting her with EI or private speech. I am so glad that I enrolled her in private speech therapy. My daughter, in six months, went from not talking to non-stop talking. I attribute this all to Children’s Speech & Feeding therapy and her SLP, Lara. Lara is such a compassionate and patient therapist.”

-Parent

 

“Children's Speech & Feeding Therapy is an outstanding resource. The staff are well-trained and incredibly professional. As both a parent and a pediatrician I would highly recommend these services to any family that needs additional supports for their child. Our son has been receiving speech therapy with Marnie and we have seen tremendous progress. His confidence has also grown over a very short period of time. Thank you to Marnie and her team for helping to support and nurture our children every day.”

-Parent

 

“My son is a beautiful child born with broken wings, Lizzie came to our lives when he was three years old. She not only helps him learn how to communicate with her great professional skills, but also truly cares about him. Her passion for helping kids like my son is amazing, she knows how to motivate him. This long tough journey becomes easier and enjoyable because of her love and support.”

-Parent

 

“Marnie is a consummate speech-language pathologist. I am in awe of her exhaustive knowledge of CAS, and I am deeply impressed with her thorough understanding of both typical and atypical speech and language development in children. While a master clinician with many years of academic and clinical experience, at her core, Marnie has remained a student. Because she possesses a student’s love of knowledge, you know that if research in CAS has been published, Marnie already has incorporated the best of it into her own clinical work. She believes in the power of appropriate and evidence-based assessments and interventions, because under her care she regularly witnesses children’s skills increasing. Children, family members, and other professionals are attracted to Marnie’s warmth, passion, and caring attitude. But do not let those traits fool you, Marnie is a dogged defender of children with CAS—a professional you certainly want to have on your child’s team!”

-Kathy J. Jakielski, Ph.D., CCC-SLP,

Professor and Chair of Communication Sciences and Disorders Augustana College, Rock Island, IL

 

“Arden, I just watched the videos you sent. Thank you so much. Liam is doing great. It’s wonderful to see his progress. I can’t tell you enough how happy he has been since we’ve met you. The venting and syringe feeding alone (your recommendations) have made a world of a difference. His vomiting has stopped and he is completely off his reflux meds. Because the change took place so rapidly after we met you, I cannot chalk it up to “growing out of it” alone. You made the difference. Also, it’s not only Liam who’s doing better. With a happy baby comes happy parents, and I can see the difference in Mara. The first six months of Liam’s life were the toughest we’ve ever faced. We had a hypotonic baby that was unable to eat without a tube, unable to support his head, unable to bear weight on any of his limbs, had been in hospital more times that I can remember, failed to thrive, had every diagnostic test in the book done to him and was suspected to have mild to severe neurological problems. Now look at my little man, chewing on that cracker and happy as can be. It’s miraculous. Thank you for playing your part in all of this.”

-Parent

 

“We have known Marnie since 2008. At that time, our son, Benjamin, was just shy of his third birthday. At his preschool, his teachers were unable understand him, and he was unable to form friendships with other children because of his apraxia. It was frustrating for him to not be able to get his point across in school, and socialization with peers his age suffered dramatically. It was essentially a last ditch effort on our part to meet with yet another speech therapist. In May of 2008, we had our first appointment with Marnie.

Our lives changed dramatically at that meeting. Marnie understood Benjamin’s linguistic needs from the outset, and she outlined a specific therapeutic approach to treat Benjamin’s apraxia. Her method was unlike any other that we had been introduced to, and we were at first taken aback by her suggestions. Given our dismal history of any progress related to Benjamin’s speech, we were suspicious and not overly optimistic that significant progress could be achieved. We were quickly proven wrong.

Marnie’s approach to Benjamin has always been very unique to, and personalized for, Benjamin. Instead of giving us the generalized ‘cookie cutter’ homework that we had been given in the past, Marnie attacked Benjamin’s apraxia in a way that was highly specific to Benjamin. She actively played with Benjamin rather than just listening passively to him, and she rapidly learned all about his personal interests. She let Benjamin guide their sessions to the extent that therapy was being implemented in a playful, nonthreatening environment. Her sessions were fun, yet always structured such that a particular concept was being tackled and focused on keenly.

In addition, Marnie has always expected a lot from us, as Benjamin’s parents. We would routinely be assigned work to do with Benjamin on a daily basis. We were given sheets of sounds and later words to be practiced outside of her formal therapy sessions. Because Marnie has such a thorough understanding of apraxia, she was always able to effortlessly explain the way Benjamin was processing his language, why his words were not shaped properly, and the reasoning behind her approach to treatment. In short, Marnie made Benjamin’s speech therapy collaborative.”

-Parent

 

“I have had 2 children receive speech therapy at Children's Speech and Feeding. The evaluation process was thorough and the reports were clear and thoughtful. Because of the evaluation and recommendations for one child we had him evaluated by our local integrated preschool and learned we qualified for additional services. Ongoing therapy sessions are efficient and are often a highlight of the week for my kids. We see Lauren and Carolyn and they do a great job with my kids. (6 year old boy and 3 year old boy). When my three year old doesn't want to cooperate (which happens) Carolyn is great at working through the tantrums and still getting some quality therapy in. We have recommended them to several friends and the strides our kids have made over time are extremely positive.”

-Parent

 

“It's certainly hard to get a spot for ongoing therapy because of how in demand they are, but once you do, they're phenomenal. The work done in feeding therapy here takes time to understand but they're so supportive and actually get results! The impact they've had on our lives is massive, and I feel so fortunate to have gotten their help. I would recommend their services to anyone in a heartbeat.”

-Parent

 

“My son had an evaluation here a couple months ago from Marnie Millington, who was absolutely amazing. I cannot say enough about her expertise and professionalism. For ongoing speech therapy he sees Kaitlin twice weekly. She's always positive about our progress and realistic about our challenges. My son really adores her and has made huge gains in his speech and language. I had no surprises on what I would owe with bills and co-pays as the billing manager was extremely thorough and informative. As a whole, I cannot say enough about this practice. I have and will continue to recommend them.”

-Parent

 

“My experience with Children’s Speech and Feeding has been so amazing I don’t know how to put it into words. My son has been receiving speech therapy here twice a week for over 2 years to treat a severe speech disorder. Every person I have dealt with has been kind and wonderful. The friendly and helpful receptionist sets the tone of the office. Specifically, my son sees Marnie Millington for treatment of his apraxia of speech.  His progress has been unbelievable. Marnie is a marvel. Her knowledge and expertise are unsurpassed, but that pales in comparison to her character, personality, vivacity, and warmth. Marnie is just extraordinary. Her ability to engage my son and make “work” fun is remarkable. He works really hard at every session, but doesn’t even realize it. Because of her, my son is able to communicate and be understood. When he started therapy at the age of 5 he couldn’t even say his name clearly, nor speak in clear sentences. She has made such a huge difference in my son’s ability to communicate. I am thankful every day that we found her.”

-Parent

 

“Marnie’s lectures are impeccably well-planned – she ties theory to practice and includes videos to drive home the salient concepts. Students are captivated by her wealth of knowledge and depth of experience.”

-Rupal Patel, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Associate Professor and Lab Director, Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and College of Computer & Information Science Northeastern University Boston, MA

 

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