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Children with Autism and Special Needs: Growing, Learning & Succeeding


Children with special needs deserve a chance to fulfill their potential. Our programs including Heartspring School, Pediatric Services and Autism Services teach kids with special needs life-skills that provide a path to independence.

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Success Story

Christian is a five year old boy with a gentle soul and a sweet, caring nature. He was diagnosed as a toddler with Global Developmental Delay; which means that he needs speech, occupational and physical therapy to help him with fine/gross motor skills, social skills and communication.

It would be easy for any child to get burned out with constant therapy and doctor's appointments but Christian maintains a strong desire to encounter the world and the people in it.

Christian's mom, Marilea, says "He teaches us way more than we have taught him. He has taught us what really counts in life, to laugh with deep belly laughs, love more, stress less, continue learning how to help those we love the very best we can, and he has forced our family to learn to work as a team in order to share each other's burdens. He has been a visual reminder to our family of gratefulness, compassion, love, and patience."

Christian's mom, Marliea, "Christian does not just belong to us. He is a Heartspring kid. Therefore, he belongs to each individual who supports Heartspring and offers funds to help kids like Christian. Every time he reaches a goal or does something he has been working so hard to do for weeks or months, I shed a tear as his mom knowing how hard those accomplishments are for him, but I also shed a tear wishing those that give understood the impact they have on the rest of his life."