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September 28, 2010

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September 28, 2010

We have been bringing my son to Hope Haven for the last several years. We drive 3 1/2 hours all the way from Tampa. It is such a positive experience everytime that we go. They look at what he can do and not what he can't and make recommendation to build on the positive. He always has so much fun, especially in the PT room. He is 7 and we plan on going back many more time.

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It was recommended that we use specific computer programs and my son has made so much progress with computers and the education that they can provide

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the positive environmente

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 27, 2010

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September 27, 2010

We have traveled to Jacksonville from Gainesville (1.5 hour drive) several times over the last few years to take our daughter to visit Hope Haven. Becca has Down syndrome and is now 6 years old. We have taken her for the 4 part, 4 hour evaluation that includes physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and an educational consultation. There is also a 5 part eval that includes time with a medical doctor, but we have not used that one. We LOVE Hope Haven! They are so positive in a practical and constructive way. They offer tips ranging from using playground games to strengthen muscles to emphasizing visual rather than auditory learning. For both kindergarten and 1st grade, I've made copies of sections out of the Hope Haven report for Becca as an introduction for her teachers. I explain that it reflects our hopes and philosophy about inclusion.

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Not only has Hope Haven been a blessing for my daughter, but also a blessing for me. They have given me confidence as a mom!

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 27, 2010

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September 27, 2010

Our daughter first came to Hope Haven when she was just a year old and we have been back nearly every year since. Hope Haven offers a positive view of your child's condition and assists in providing the best possible therapeutic and educational opportunties for you to use at home. Hope Haven also gives detailed reports on their findings, which give a fresh perspective on your child and give new insight on ways to help in their everyday environment. We will continue to come back year year for more information on how to best help our daughter reach for the stars!

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I have had much success when collaborating with my daughter's educational and therapeutic teams because of the invaluable information I have received from Hope Haven's evaluations.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 27, 2010

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September 27, 2010

I was introduced to Hope Haven when my son was only a few weeks old. We had found out at birth that he has Down syndrome. I called to make an appointment for his initial evaluations and Marie was so kind and compassionate and called me back promptly with appointment times. When we arrived at Hope Haven, we were greeted warmly by Marie and Laura and all the staff. They were so excited to see and hold our new baby! We found the facilities to be inviting as well. We were given so much practical help concerning our son's gross motor, fine motor, oral motor/feeding & cognitive development from our evaluations with the physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, and the director of Hope Haven's Down Syndrome Center. They also gave us a booklet outlining how we could begin to help with our son's development even though he was only an infant. We were amazed at how much could be done so early in life! These evaluations are available to families both in the Jacksonville area and out of town, out of state or even out of country. Since we do live in town, we were very interested in also having Hope Haven provide our son's weekly therapies. Hope Haven is out of network for us with our insurance, so we initially only did his physical therapy there and went elsewhere for occupational and speech therapies. We could see such a difference in the quality of the therapists and the therapy for our son at Hope Haven, that it wasn't long before we began using Hope Haven for all his therapies. We have always appreciated the positive attitude at Hope Haven. No one talks about how far behind a typical child our son's development is. They just focus on where he is in his developement and what the next step is. We have also been very pleased with evaluations, occupational therapy, and social skills class for our 6 yr old son who has sensory processing disorder and low muscle tone.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the consistent progress my now 16-mo-old with Down syndrome makes weekly!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The positive, family atmosphere.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Director of Down Syndrome Center, administrative assistant, billing secretary, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, behavioral analysts

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 27, 2010

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September 27, 2010

My son was diagnosed as having Down Syndrome when he was one month old after having been born at 28 weeks. I know the state run Early Steps program would eventually be an option for receiving therapies, but they are slow to get the process started. I was able to start receiving therapies from Hope Haven almost immediately. Their therapists there are amazing!!! My son had a lot of feeding issues and their speech therapists did a fabulous job helping him overcome those problems. Kris, their physical therapist, is one of the best I've ever seen. I feel so very blessed to have Hope Haven in my community and I know they had so much to do with how well my son is doing now.

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My son now can drink out of a sippy cup and is finally walking!!!

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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