Our daughter, Brooklyn, has been receiving both speech and physical therapy services through the Heartland AEA for the past 1 ½ years and continues to receive now that she is 3 and attends the Jordan Creek Elementary Preschool.
Brooklyn clearly has both language and physical delays without an actual diagnosis so it has been extremely difficult to get the private help we need. The AEA has been a saving grace for our family as they have stepped in and have been able to work with our daughter in both of these areas. Without the expertise of the AEA, it would have been a costly expense for private sessions, which is a burden to families. This in turn would have limited our ability to provide necessary services for Brooklyn. In addition to the therapy services we received, they were a mentor for our family.
The appreciation of resources is hard to comprehend until you are a parent of a child with a disability. I cannot thank the AEA enough for what they have done for our daughter, Brooklyn. Preparing for elementary schooling are the most crucial years for a child, this is a service that would tremendously be missed if it were not available.
West Des Moines, IA