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Cooper had one of the best nights of his life last night when he got to visit the farm at ddsmiracleminis. I had tears in my eyes the whole time as I watched him interact with the animals by feeding them, brushing them, walking them, and even kissing them. I will admit that a highlight for me was watching him shovel horse poop and then comment on the smell, so let’s hope that maybe helps with his own potty training.

Most importantly, I got to see him just be a regular, little boy for a few hours and I heard laughs from him that I’ve never heard before. I also literally saw his body and brain calm down and his nervous system regulate just by being at this amazing farm and with two professionals who love him like he was their own son. I will admit it wasn’t easy to leave, as expected, but both women kept their cool (even after he bit one of them and hit the other knocking off her glasses) and taught me so much about how to better handle this heartbreaking, yet common, part of our lives when Cooper needs to do something he doesn’t want to do.

Words cannot begin to convey my appreciation for Lindsey Heath Ryan and Kristen at Building Beyond Basics - Pediatric Therapy for having a joint OT/Speech session (after their work day) and making this possible. I never could have done something like this for him on my own, and I am beyond grateful to both of them for taking time away from their own families to do something so meaningful for mine. We are so lucky to have found them and have them part of Cooper’s team because he has made so much progress because of them.

Thank you so much, Miss DD and Miss Kristen! Cooper went to sleep with his horsie, and I have a feeling we’ll be playing with his toy barn on repeat for awhile now. And I couldn’t be happier about it. 🐴 🐐 🐄

Cooper's Mom Sarasota, FL

Lindsey has been providing speech therapy to my now-5-yr old neurodivergent daughter for almost two years, and it would not be an exaggeration to say that she has transformed our lives from ones wrought with uncertainty and fear to ones full of hope and joyful anticipation for the future. Although she is both highly skilled and extraordinarily gifted at teaching the nuts and bolts of speech to children of all ages and abilities, Lindsey's value transcends articulation, fluency, pragmatics, and semantics. Her love for the children and families she serves is deep and genuine, and it is rivaled only by the love she has for her animals and, of course, her own family. Lindsey's positivity, cheerfulness, and eternal optimism are contagious, and they immeasurably enhance the effectiveness of any therapy she provides. Lifting a child's spirits, building her confidence, and providing her with a safe, loving learning environment dramatically increases her receptiveness, processing, and retention, and doing the same for a child's family ensures that the trajectory of the child's development will continue to be upward long after therapy ends.

From a purely practical perspective, Lindsey has transformed my daughter. When we first began therapy with her, my daughter was very nearly non-verbal, and she threw epic tantrums with disturbing frequency and duration (multiple times daily and, sometimes, for an hour or more). Now, my daughter is conversational, asks appropriately for what she needs and wants, and engages in productive play with her five siblings. Most importantly, she never tantrums anymore, and when she does act out, the episodes are short in duration, and she is very easily redirected.

There simply are no words to adequately describe how grateful we are for Lindsey. She has unquestionably had a monumental impact on my daughter's speech and behavioral development, but it is the love, support, grace, encouragement, and compassion that Lindsey has so selflessly shown our entire family that we will cherish for a lifetime.

Elli's Mom