I cannot not say enough about how much of a difference that this school has made in our lives.
The passion & devotion to constantly continuing to find ways to better educate & understand Autistic children goes above & beyond any of my expectations!
The experiences with public school were so frustrating & disappointing & I had low expectations of my son getting through school successfully. Haugland has given me & my son complete peace of mind, along with high hopes for his future.
I cannot say Thank You enough for changing our lives for the better!!! Thank you for your dedication to making Autism better understood & improving the lives of these special children!
What you guys do, you do so well. I can’t tell you how life-changing it was for us to find you when we did.
You took us in when we were raw and hurt, and didn’t know where to go. It is incredibly difficult to watch your child struggle and be powerless to help them. One of your strengths is that your staff does not take things personally. I was so on edge with the previous school, and I always felt like he was judged.
At Haugland you state “this is a behavior; this is how we extinguish it.” It was never personal, and that is a real blessing to a family. We also liked the extra programs you offer. We did the Hiking Viking which was great. You celebrate everyone’s uniqueness.
The Talent Show is a great example of that. When we were at the Talent Show, you could see that your staff genuinely care about the students and their accomplishments. The talent didn't matter; you could be playing a sonata on the piano, or jumping rope to a rap song; each child's contribution was celebrated equally.
It comes from the top down in your organization; you truly care about each student.
Thanks for all the positive things that you guys do for the kids and young adults at Haugland. I was able to visit students there this past week.
I was able to observe the PLAN program and the ASPIRE program and it was great to see them in an environment that fits both their academic and behavioral needs.
I think it provides a unique environment and is able to provide the extra support that some students need to achieve their full potential!
A Support and Service Administrator with a local area County Board of DD
This summer I planned to read a book with Robert, work on his multiplication facts, and help him learn cursive writing.
Robert amazed me by reading the novel I purchased him with no difficulty. He even wanted to move faster and finish the book by the end of the day. My plan was it would take all summer and I slowed him down. But by the end of the week he read the book out loud to me. So I purchased him another which he read even more quickly.
He was able to go through and learn and write the cursive letters in two days. He would have done it the first day if I had realized he was capable of doing it.
Robert's attention span, his ability to focus, and do written work has improved dramatically. I can only attribute that to the instruction at Haugland. Robert was never able to sit still long enough to complete any work before.
...on a scale of 1-10, a “14”. It is hard for us to leave [family moving because of job transfer]. The progress Marcus made here has been phenomenal. I’m eternally grateful to Haugland...we would return in a minute.
I am so impressed...it is always sad for me when one of our students either choose to leave Marysville Schools, or we recommend a placement at Haugland.
However, I am so very pleased with the education and care our students receive with all of you. It has been my pleasure to be able to share with parents the success of our kids, the professionalism of your staff, and the opportunity for our kids to be successful in a school environment.
I am so very thankful for Haugland Schools and will continue to sing your praises when asked about how our kids do while attending Haugland.
Ellen F. Traucht
Director of Student Services (Retired), Marysville E.V. Schools
Our Scholarship Provider, who is Haugland Learning Center, has been wonderful... it has been a pleasure working with them and we are pleased with all they have done for us.
We are hoping for a long and successful relationship in the future as well. I highly recommend this Provider to any families affected by ASD. They truly care about what our ASD children need to be more successful in life.
Joyce Evans Thacker
Brendan has progressed so much at Haugland, it is amazing. For years, he was told he was the bad kid or distruptive kid.
You have proven that he is smart and creative and worth teaching...[and] valued for who he is.
I would like to thank everyone at Haugland Learning Center. My son Eithan is a totally different person since he started going to your school!
His behavior is 100 % better than I would have ever thought it would be.
This time last year he was in pre-school with the local school district and I was banging my head up against the wall wondering what was next for him and whether he would ever get any better.
I saw an article in the local paper about Dr. Haugland opening a school in our area and started looking into the possibility for my son. I decided I had to do something different for Eithan but I was very scared to make a change like this for my little boy. Was I making the right choice ? Would this be a big set back for him ?
I am SOOOO glad I took that chance.
Today we can go out in public without him having total meltdowns and he is very well behaved. When I opened my email with his 1st quarter grade report, I sat at the computer and cried for 10 minutes thinking, "This cannot be Eithan's report card." You and your staff in Sandusky are MY angels...
I can NEVER thank you enough for giving me the little boy I have been waiting for the past 5 years. I am so looking forward to many more happy and wonderful years here at Haugland Learning Center! Thank you so very much.
I’m grateful to Haugland Learning Center for giving the special attention to each individual child to meet their needs and doing their best to understand each child in spite of many differences. I witnessed the public school system try so hard to make each child understand them instead of the other way around.
I now have a son who is a role model to other students on the autism spectrum. I have an athletic child with many talents, a caring young man who once thought his life had no meaning, now understands he can be who he wants to be. He made such great strides since he entered Haugland Learning Center last year.
Being able to attend their summer camp last year helped his progression continue. Not everyday is a perfect day, and some are harder then others, but I thank autism awareness and Haugland Learning Center for that smile he now wakes up with and the ambition he now has to do his best.
What my son has accomplished in one year both academically and socially is nothing short of a miracle.
Truly God knows when we are at the end of our rope. He was behind in every subject and now he is current and loves to do schoolwork. He plays with kids at school and at home which he never used to do unless it was him chasing and trying to scare kids.
He independently does homework, whereas before, he would only do work if I sat beside him, preventing me from taking care of my own household responsibilities. He talks about teachers being fair and discipline being reasonable. I had never heard this kind of talk from him before.
The way the school works with the family to create the best educational experience for the child is a godsend, particularly in light of the special needs of each child and the knowledge that the family has.
Since coming to Haugland, I have such high hopes for his educational future and I did not feel this way before. I am certain that he will graduate high school and go on to college thanks to Haugland Learning Center.