Our Impact

“Our twins were both diagnosed with speech delay at 20 months old. We were referred to the Child Development Network to help with the speech delay as well as some other minor developmental issues. Through the wonderful dedicated people at CDN, our children flourished quickly. Their kind and gentle interaction with the twins was comforting. Within 6 months one child was speaking above her age level and ultimately graduated from the program. Our other child graduated at 3 yrs old, talking up a storm! Our children are happy, healthy, active little talkers now. Thank you so much to the wonderful professionals (Jennifer, Gwen, and JoDee) at Child Development Network!”

Laurie Starks

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“Finding out your child has a terminal disease is heartbreaking and can be debilitating. It is hard to know what to do next and life feels so isolating. That is why I am so thankful for the Early Start program and the professionals they sent out. The Child Development Network specialists were so knowledgeable and kind and were unbelievably free of cost. The weekly visits not only engaged my son in new ways, they also gave me something to look forward to and someone with whom to discuss my concerns. Upon my son’s passing I was confident he had had the best care possible because of the education and compassion that came from the Child Development Network’s professionals.”

Liz Beckner

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“Her visits have helped my daughter tremendously. She has been my rock in encouraging me and teaching me how to help my daughter develop her motor skills” – Anonymous

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“I love when I tell him Gwen is coming over and he lights up and says, “Gwen!”

– CDN Parent

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“Our therapist is a great teacher. She is sincere and fun to play with. She does a great job at engaging our child.” – CDN Parent

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“I really appreciate all the time spent and help given to individualize his care. Everyone has been especially wonderful, helpful, and attentive. I truly feel my son has vastly improved his speech and we are tremendously grateful for this as we do not believe it would have been possible without the implementation of your program’s team and services.” – CDN Parent

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“My husband and I adopted our daughter from an orphanage in India. We certainly knew that a child from a large institution would have some developmental delays, but with our daughter it was very extreme. When she came to the US, she weighed eleven pounds as a one year old child and was so malnourished that she could barely hold up her head. I will never forget the panic that I felt when I held her in my arms for the first time. I was wondering whether she would ever talk and walk or would forever be at the mercy of strangers in her life.

Our daughter was referred to Machel Freel, who became her early interventionist for two years. From the first visit with Machel, we were able to tell that we were in the good hands of a very competent and caring interventionist who would try her Best to help our daughter overcome her developmental gaps.

By the time our daughter was three years old and entered preschool, she was all caught up with her developmental milestones and has since then been always at grade level for her age. She is a very happy, confident and social child.

We learned so much from Machel Freel during our two years of interactions with her. Our daughter had so much fun with Machel and we will be forever grateful for her services and emotional support.”

Jim and Bettina Knox

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“My favorite experience with my child has simply been watching him learn and grow while participating each week in the early start program. His improvements have surpassed our expectations and we are so very proud of his accomplishments!” – Anonymous

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“Whenever our specialist comes we all learn ways to help our son’s development. She eases our fears about his limits and our son has so much fun on top of it all.” – CDN Parent

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“The best thing about CDN is their wonderful, friendly, and flexible staff. JoDee and Gwen are positive, helpful, and encouraging. They are also very easy to talk to and are great listeners!”

– CDN Parent

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“The CDN staff seem to really care about the child, they are more than just a client.”

– CDN Parent