I just wanted to take a few moments to let you all know how thankful I am for you!
My goal when I originally enrolled him at Haugland was to eventually “mainstream” him back into the local school district. But, with help from every single one of you, this process happened so much faster than I imagined it would.
When juju started there February of 2015 he was pretty much nonverbal. It is now June 2018 and he talks nonstop! He’s hilarious, has complete conversations, cracks jokes, makes friends easily... all of these things that the doctors told me would most likely be impossible for him to do. They told me not to get my hopes up, that it would take a miracle. Well, you guys were that miracle he needed.
Because of you, my son has surpassed so many obstacles. Because of you, I was able to celebrate something new he had learned every single day after school. Because of you, I got to see his excitement for learning. Because of you, my son is ready to go Dublin city schools to be in a general classroom. Because of you, Julien is ready.
I cannot thank you all enough for what you’ve done for my son. For how much you’ve helped him grow and learn. For finding what works best for him to progress and be successful. For bending over backwards for him and making him feel special and loved (for example after his grandma passed away and he had a hard time going into class and Laura made sure she was at the front bc he would only go back with her).
Enrolling him in Haugland is the best decision I’ve ever made. We are going to miss you all. You’re the reason he has come so far!!
We are so happy that we found a place that Ian is happy and feels accepted. Best choice I could have made for him.
I knew I had found the right place for him"
My 14 year old son has been an outreach client [home-based program] of Haugland's for over 3 years now. When we started, he was aggressive, threw tantrums almost 8-9 times a day and had very little receptive or verbal language. Since that time, with Mrs. Huber's guidance, we have seen our son grow and blossom into a wonderful child full of possibilities we never dreamed he could be.
While this program is not for everyone, I will let you know the work is not easy, but its rewards are amazing. I am a former teacher and a mother of two boys (one is 17 and the other 14). Even at our son's age, she was able to turn him around, undo years of incorrect behaviors, and make him what he is today.
Haugland is a wonderful place for children and parents alike. I would go as far as to say this...take this as an opportunity to give your child a full life. And more importantly, give you a life too. We as parents are so stressed and have demands placed on us that no one can imagine. Haugland helps ease those tensions and gives you somewhere to turn when you have nowhere else to go. They are as important to me as they are to my son.
I am the mother of a 12 yo autistic boy who attends Haugland Learning Center. He has been a student there for the past five years and I can not stress enough the positive impact the staff at Haugland Learning Center has had on my sons social, educational and behavioral development.
Dealing with the public school system ...was an unintentional abusive situation for our child. With out proper education and training, special needs children are neglected, ignored and unchallenged in order to maintain a "normal" environment to allow proper learning for the "typical" population of students.
This is not the case at Haugland Learning Center. Prior to Haugland Learning Center, my husband and I where getting calls, 2-3 times a day ... to come and calm our son down. We experienced an agitated child upon returning home as well as daily melt downs.
After being introduced to Haugland Learning Center, we no longer get calls from school and our meltdowns are limited to 1 every 2 months.
They have a well trained staff who is able ... to promote adequate reinforcements that is needed daily/hourly/minutes with most special needs children.
Haugland Learning Center also works on a positive reward system where most schools ...work off of a negative system. At Haugland Learning Center, a disruption is used to teach correct behaviors.
Once this is corrected points are earned for good behavior that can then be used in the reward store or game time in their game room.
The staff are very forgiving and do not take offence to disruptive behaviors. It is part of our life and a part of theirs. I am very thankful that they use these incidents to reinforce correct behaviors with my child.
As for the education that is offered, my son is in the 6th grade and has tested in high school and college level course work.
They allow students to advance at their own pace and do not limit them to their assigned grade levels which can be very frustrating for some students. I could go on, but the importance of this communication is to acknowledge that special needs children need an environment that promotes growth, acceptance, and understanding.
Haugland Learning Center provides this and more"
His conversation capability and his kindness quotient have gone thru the roof. He can handle disappointments at home like everyone else does now and today he wanted me to look something up online and no joke he said 'I appreciate you taking the time to do that'.
WHAT??? It is amazing how a couple weeks (with all the snow days, teacher days, and holidays, it has only been a couple weeks) has totally built his confidence and made him the 10 year old we all knew he could be.
I am so grateful and thankful for Haugland!! Thank you for all you do. Every day.
We have been extremely pleased with the services Haugland has provided for our family-administratively and 1:1 for Gabriel as well as support for the family.
Sam & Shannon have been wonderful and continue to help Gabe grow (even though it is hard for him.) Alex and Hillary have been great working with him and our family this summer.
I just thought I'd take this time to say thank you to everyone, the amount of stress that has been lifted from me is amazing and has helped me to 'just be the mom' --- which is huge.
Michael loves Haugland. He usually tells me his class is awesome or his day was awesome! He actually tells me the names of his fellow students. His sentences are getting a little bit longer and a little more complex!
I saw him interacting with other students on the playground today. It nearly made me cry to see him wanting to interact with other students and the students accepting him and wanting to interact back with him.
I loved seeing one of the teachers that was out there promote this interaction. Michael usually isolates himself. I thought he had given up on social interaction due to his speech difficulties and teasing he has endured on the playgrounds and at parks.
I am breathing a contended sigh of relief. I am so thankful that Haugland exists!
I am so blessed to have people like you [Dr.Devlin] and Carol and Sam and Dr. H in our lives. Thank God for you and for the work that you do on behalf of our kids.
This past year my son transitioned back into the public school system after being at Haugland for two years.
The public school district provided him with an aide that kept him organized, but this accommodation is being phased out for next year because of the progress he's made.
I'm telling you we couldn't have got this far without Haugland Learning Center.
The two years at Haugland gave him the opportunity to adjust and to figure out how to overcome. He tested into the public school at grade level and he's able to keep up. He wasn't missing any skills necessary to perform well with the curriculum.
This past year he made friends; he stayed out of trouble. I tell everyone about Haugland Learning Center. We consider ourselves part of the Haugland family and always will.
Since coming to Haugland, Kody has made great progress...Haugland is perfect for Kody.
I got an accurate daily report sent home each day and Mr. Kopp was very good at keeping me in the loop as to Tim's successes and areas that needed improvement.
He was also very available to me if I had questions. I would return comments on the daily report, email or call him and he was always happy to hear from me and very interested in resolving any issues or trying any ideas that I offered to help Tim perform better.
He seemed to always be there and was always available to speak with me even way after school had let out for the day. He even went the extra mile on several occasions.
Tim had been ill and not in school and he missed a holiday party. Mr. Kopp stopped at our house and gave Tim his treat bag so that he got to enjoy it when he felt better. That is a caring teacher and it shows that he really thought of his student. He is a kind person and a very caring teacher. Jim and I observed Mr. Kopp teaching Tim one day from the hallway. Tim did not know we were there and Mr. Kopp was working with him on some math problems.
He really made Tim think and figure out the problem without giving him too much help. He realized that Tim is a very capable boy that is easily distracted but that he knows how to do his work. He challenged Tim and made him work for his rewards.
I am sorry to see him go to the Sandusky location but I am happy for the students that will have him as their teacher.
He has not been this happy about school since he was 5!!! Thank you both so much, you both made us feel more comfortable than we have ever felt leaving him at school.
I know a lot of people have said you mean you drive 5 - 5 1/2 hours a day taking him to school ( as if I am literally insane!!), but it is more than worth it seeing how wonderful everyone is with him.
He is a completely different child. He has come so far just this year while attending Haugland.
His social interaction and carrying on a conversation is remarkable. He is learning so much academically and I couldn’t be more proud of him. His out bursts and frustration levels have improved so much over the school year.
He is just an unbelievable little boy and it is all due to the work of everyone at Haugland. Thanks so much for everything you do!!!
Thanks to all of you. He was afraid to look. First time I have seen him smile after getting his report card.