The American Heritage Dictionary defines the word JOB as follows: “A regular activity performed in exchange for payment.” Although this sounds pretty simple, here-in lies our problem, what is the payment for hope and opportunity?
When we arrived at Partners in Excellence nearly two years ago, we had no idea how far [our son] would go. We brought in a nearly three-year-old child with limited language, no social skills, and the inability to regulate his emotions and meltdowns. There were also two devastated parents, trying to cope with the diagnosis of autism, who had no idea what to expect in the coming years.
Over the past year and a half, we have endured plenty together, countless time-outs, uncontrollable meltdowns, half day parent meetings (sorry Keri!), and most importantly, incredible progress. We are now leaving PIE with a little boy who has a language level advanced for his age, a much improved temperament, and the building blocks for a very full social life. Most importantly, there are two parents with a very strong sense of hope for their son. Because of the efforts of all the staff at PIE, we believe [our son] has all the opportunity in the world. [He] may struggle at times as we move on to the next steps of his journey, but with the foundation we have laid with your help and guidance, we feel [he] can overcome any obstacle that lies ahead. That being said, [my wife] and I would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts………….for a JOB well done.
Thank you so much to everyone at PIE for helping [our son] this past year. Words cannot express how extremely grateful we feel to each and every one of you who have helped our precious little boy make enormous strides. Without your love and dedication, this would not have been possible. Thank you for giving us hope for [our son]’s future. We will truly miss being a part of PIE’s family.
Thank you seems such an inadequate thing to say for all you have done for my son. He has grown and flourished here at PIE. You taught him how to smile and me how to smile. I can’t thank you enough.
Well, I just had to let you know about a very important honor [my child] received at school this year. She was honored with a Character Recognition Award for being helpful to her classmates. The award stated that she is always willing to help her classmates and is a very caring girl. Only 2 children per class receive this award 2 times a year. She was very humble about her award, unlike her mother.
I am very thankful to PIE for helping [her] so that she can help others. 1/29/10
Thank you for checking in… we are so thrilled with everything so far!
First, your staff is magnificent! [Staff] (I’m sure there are many more- that is who I have personally met) couldn’t be more warm, welcoming, positive, and professional. The entire staff we have met is absolutely top notch!! [My son] truly loves them and looks forward to greeting everyone each day.
[My son]’s classmates are all so sweet and smart, and their families are great. Every parent I have talked to is so grateful to you and to PIE, and is very aware of the positive steps their children have made since being at Partners in Excellence.
Personally, I am adjusting to my little buddy being gone, but it is an easier adjustment when he is having fun, likes going, and is in such great care.
After much deliberation (TOO much!), I now am leaning heavily towards holding [my son] back for another year before starting kindergarten. We do have a spot available in private preschool if we decide that he needs to have more neurotypical relations, or if the PIE placement is not appropriate for full-time. I will wait and learn all of the information you have to share over the summer and we will go from there. We have options, and we feel confident that together we will decide what is best for [my son].
Again, my only disappointment is that I am unable to turn back the hands of time and get [my son] to you at two years old instead of four. Bur I am really happy we are in your care even if it won’t be for as long as I would have liked. 7/24/09