Parents of Children with Special Needs
"We chose Good Shepherd because we believed in their mission of inclusion. Our oldest son has special needs and navigating this world can be daunting, but the staff worked diligently with us to create an education plan where he thrived.
The nurturing environment, interactive teaching models and philosophy of care have been tremendous for all three of our children. Their teachers have been warm, welcoming and extremely genuine.
We are also thankful that Good Shepherd invests in meaningful resources. From a lead therapist on staff, to experienced educators and an electronic "my-day" communication system, we feel engaged and connected to the ongoing successes of our kids."
"My daughter was very prepared for elementary school. Her current IEP is only for Physical and Speech thanks to her great education at Good Shepherd. It is also very helpful to have a GSS representative at the transition IEP to transfer information and for support!
I think of Good Shepherd as part of our family. I didn't realize how true this was until the first day of kindergarten. My daughter's bus took her to Good Shepherd after school by mistake. Miss Bethany, Miss Nicole and Nancy Litzau comforted her and even gave her a snack until I had a chance to get there. I can't tell you how much this meant to a worried mom!"
"...One of the twins has cerebral palsy. I wasn't ready to put them in school at 18 months old but it was such a great place and I felt very comfortable with them at GSS. We didn't know a lot about the services out there for Alex, GSS helped us tremendously with that.
Starting this early, I think got them used to the idea of school. One of the twins also had some socializing issues with peers, I believe this helped him and not to mention the therapies he received at GSS as well. They both made friends and really enjoyed going there.
I would definitely recommend starting school at an early age for any child, but especially for a child with special needs. It also helped Tony in understanding other kids with special needs. It's hard being a twin, none the less, being a twin of a special needs brother. GSS was a great start for our boys!"
"My wife and I had a good feeling about Good Shepherd as soon as we walked through the doors. It became apparent that the staff treated the students as if they were family. The dedication we observed made our decision easy and our choice was confirmed when our daughter was comfortable during her first visit.
The staff at Good Shepherd worked with us to incorporate her therapies at the school and the teachers made a special effort to engage my daughter with the other students.
Good Shepherd was the perfect place to help us handle the whirlwind of emotions and concerns associated with parenting and loving a child of special needs."
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