A Village To Appreciate

To our teachers that have gone above and beyond for my child and to this day are still a part of our family, we appreciate you.

To our speech therapists that have given my child the skills and tools to make each day and each new situation easier, we appreciate you.

To our occupational therapists that have worked endlessly to teach my child so many skills that have made her become much more independent, we appreciate you.

To our physical therapists that provided the encouragement for my child to know she could conquer even the most challenging physical tasks, we appreciate you.

To our adjustment counselors that have spent countless hours with my child showing nothing but patience when she was beyond reasoning, we appreciate you.

To our paras who have worked their way into my child’s heart and have been our unsung heroes, we appreciate you.

To our school staff for always supporting my child and knowing her needs, we appreciate you.

To our van drivers that have greeted my child every morning with a smile and a friendly hello, we appreciate you.

To our doctors and nurses at Children’s Hospital and Tufts Medical Center that have helped us through some frightening times, we appreciate you.

To our friends and coworkers that have stuck with us and have always been there for us, we appreciate you.

To our neighbors that we can always count on, we appreciate you.

To our community, our hairdresser, our dentist, the staff at our favorite restaurant for always making accommodations for my child, we appreciate you.

To our village, I am forever grateful for all that you do each and every day to support my child. Together you transformed my very unhappy and frightened 5 year old daughter who refused to speak into a happy (almost) 21 year old woman who has accomplished so many amazing things, things we never thought were possible. Some of you no longer work with her but you have remained in our village and continue to be a guiding light in our lives. Each and every one of you are truly appreciated.

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