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Testimonial from the Dufour Family

Sargent Rehabilitation Center recently received a ‘thank you’ letter from a family whose son was successfully transitioned from our Pediatric Program’s Day School back to his community school.   

Jared Dufour came to Sargent two years ago at the age of six, diagnosed with apraxia, a neurological disorder that impacted his speech.  When he began at Sargent Jared was non-verbal and had limited academic skills.  Jared’s team of therapists at Sargent included two speech-language pathologists, occupational therapist, special education teacher, social worker and case manager. 

Jared’s speech team worked in harmony.  While one speech therapist focused on teaching Jared to communicate with an augmentative device, the other concentrated on helping Jared improve his speech.  Jared learned vocabulary and language structure utilizing his augmentative device.  He also learned to break each speech sound down to its simplest form and then to build words and phrases. Jared’s speech team utilized specialized techniques and programs that focused on literacy and motor speech.  As his speech and written language improved, his augmentative device was phased out gradually.

Jared’s occupational therapist, teacher and social worker were working collaboratively with his speech team to improve his visual perception, fine motor planning, sensory regulation, and language processing skills. Jared had a high intensity level of intervention from his team at Sargent and his family provided daily follow up training at home as well. 

As a result of Sargent Center’s interdisciplinary team approach and specialized expertise and with Jared’s own determination, he has had success!  Now in his community school, Jared will continue to work on both his language and his processing.  We wish him continued success! 

 

Jared’s team at Sargent included Melissa Fabrizio, BS, Special Education Teacher; Kristin McGrath, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist; Patrecia Zebrowski, MS, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist; Pamela Morelli, MSW, LCSW, Director of Pediatrics, Heather Johnson-LaFreniere, MSW, LCSW, Social Worker; Bettina Zimmerman, M.Ed., Head Teacher; and Joanne Heffernan, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist.

 

The Center’s staff is proud to share this letter from the Dufour Family.

November 2009

Dear Melissa, Kristin, Patrecia, Pam, Heather, Bettina, Joanne and all of our friends at Sargent:

Today is such a happy day and a sad day for Jared and for us.  The time Jared has spent with you has been a blessing.  Several years ago we were told that Jared may never speak.  As you can imagine, we were completely devastated by this news and refused to accept that there was no hope.  Fortunately, the Johnston School Department recommended that we send Jared to Sargent because he would receive specialized care and therapy there.  So, off to Sargent we went!

During the past several years with all of you, Jared has worked so hard and gained so much.  The only word he could say clearly when he first got there was ‘no.’  Now,  he is talking up a storm!  While we realize he still has lots of therapy ahead of him to continue his progress, he has already achieved more than we could have hoped for, thanks to all of you.

‘Thank you’ just doesn’t seem adequate.  You are very special people who are completely dedicated to your vocations and the children that benefit from them.  Your patience, knowledge, expertise and commitment are truly remarkable.  You are an invaluable asset to the children who are lucky enough to have you in their lives.  Without you, Jared’s life may have turned out very differently.  We will always be eternally grateful for all you have done to help our little guy.  As we said, ‘thank you’ isn’t nearly enough to say.  We will miss you and we will keep in touch and keep you posted on Jared’s progress.

 

With our never-ending gratitude,

Patti, Mike and Jared Dufour