“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…”
“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!”
“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.”
“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.”
“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!”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.
“Over time, we witnessed a steady, definite sharpening of Benjamin’s expressive language. Family friends and schoolteachers were dumbfounded by the dramatic evolution of Benjamin’s speech. Benjamin became less frustrated in conversation, and he slowly gained confidence in social settings with his peers. Currently, Benjamin is a 6 year old boy who is enrolled in a school for the gifted. He is a kindergarten student, who, according to his teacher, “is a leader in the classroom.” He is an active participant at school, ceaselessly raising his hand and asking the questions “that no one else has thought to ask.” He truly is a special little boy who has finally found his voice.
“Both of us can honestly say that had we not met Marnie, we would have a very different son today. When we talk about Marnie to our friends, we call her “the miracle worker.” It is her sophisticated understanding of apraxia and her dedicated approach to therapy that has changed our son’s life. By helping him form his words, she has allowed his intelligence to shine in a way that it wouldn’t have been able to otherwise. She is a unique speech therapist, and a truly special person. We cannot give a more glowing recommendation than by saying our son is a testament to her brilliance.”
“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.”
“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 and Information Science Northeastern University Boston, MA