The following is a collection of just some of the kind words we have received from Partners parents over the years. These warm our hearts and remind us how life changing this work can be for clients, therapists, and parents.
My family and I would like to thank you for the amazing work you have done with [our son] over the last 10 months. The progress he has made has been phenomenal and although we know he works very hard, he wouldn’t be anywhere near where he is now without your help and dedication. He loves going to Partners every morning (OK, most mornings) and I know he has a great time with everyone. Please know that your hard work doesn’t go unnoticed and we truly appreciate everything. You’ve all played a part in changing [our son’s] life, and ours, for the better. Soon he will be moving into POD 2, but we know that you all got the ball rolling and we will never forget that. You do amazing work for [our son] and all the kids.
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 Partners 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 Partners, 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 Partners 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 Partners’ family.
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 Partners for helping [her] so that she can help others.
We want to thank you for the wonderful work you’ve done to help [our child] grow and develop well beyond our hopes. We believe this is because of your hard work and commitment that she has turned into this happy, smart and funny little girl. We’ll miss all of you but more than anybody; [our child] will miss all of her friends and therapists. So, this is a little sad but a happy resolution for what we were all hoping for. We will highly recommend Partners to anybody that struggles with autism in their family.
Dedicated, hardworking, positive, unrivaled with uncommon caring, this is how I would describe the staff of Partners. I have been impressed with Partners from day one and my gratitude for everything that the staff at Partners has done and are doing for my son continues to grow. Every therapist, including the Occupational Therapist we have worked with, has been truly wonderful. The therapists go up and above what is necessary; they are always kind and constantly greet us with such good energy (despite [my son]’s sometimes unwelcoming disposition). They always listen to concerns and are very patient.
Deb, I want to thank you for creating such an outstanding program. I’ll never forget my initial phone conversation with you when I called to inquire about services for [my son]. You shared with me the story of your son’s disability and how and why you started up Partners. I admire your strength and I am amazed at how you were able to put together such an awesome program. You are an excellent role model for your children but also for all parents of children with a disability.
It’s hard for us to believe that today is [my son]’s last day at Partners. He spent the last 2 years and 4 months with your wonderful, dedicated staff.
We are so thankful to have found this program for [my son]. My husband and I feel it has made a tremendous impact on him and his future. He came to Partners with only a few words and is leaving with speech typical for a 5-year-old. He has made significant gains in all areas, and formed many wonderful friendships too.
Although it is very hard to say goodbye… [my son] is ready for his next step. Thank you for the wonderful service, dedication, and hard work that all of your therapists, teachers, and other staff has put into [our son]! We couldn’t be happier with the results!
Thank you for having me here at Partners. I spent a very happy two years here. I will miss everybody at Partners! [Client]
Thank you so much for giving [our son] and our family the opportunity to develop and grow at Partners! Your influence and compassion from day one has been wonderful! At a time in our lives when there is so much uncertainty you and the staff at Partners were (are) there. Thank you- it’s been a great experience!
I must say – I have said it before and I know I will say it again a million times, we owe so much of [our son]‘s success to PARTNERS! When I met with his pre-school teachers and they said how impressed they were with his skills, I told them it was because of Partners. I really do believe that [our son] would not be where he is today, if not for you all. Never in a million years, did I ever think, two years ago, when we started this journey that we would be where we are today. I never thought that I would have his pre-school teachers practically begging me to keep him at their site, (he’s going to pre-school closer to home, in Andover, in the fall), because they thought he was such a neat, fun kid.
It’s just so, so awesome to have come on this journey with him and to see where we will go next. I know there will always be bumps in the road for [our son], but I love being his mom and accompanying him along the way. So, thank you, thank you, thank you again from the bottom of my heart! We will always feel a connection to Partners and especially to you and those that worked on his team.
I just wanted to let the staff know how appreciative I am towards all of you. I’ve watched some of you and I am so impress with all of you. You are all so great with the kids and professional with the parents. I have dealt with the special education professionals now for 12 years and I have never met so many young adults with such great attitudes and respect for these kids who have been affected by the autism spectrum disorder. No matter what path you take in your careers, you will succeed because of the empathy towards others you have.
We wanted to express our sincere thanks for the wonderful work you have all done with [our son]! It is so amazing to see how he entered Partners as a basically non-verbal little boy in his “own world” to a boy who interacts with everyone and could possibly be in a regular kindergarten classroom! [He] absolutely loved his time with all of you and he (and all of us!) will always remember you! Thank you so much for the love and care you all provide to these wonderful children – it is truly a gift!
Words cannot express what Partners has meant to our family. You have given us our son back… you are truly miracle workers! Thank you for all your love, patience, and pearls of wisdom. You will be truly missed!
We remember fondly all the wonderful staff that [our son] had through the years. The personal touch you always made and the hard work it took for [him] to make his gains are remembered again through this holiday season…
[Our son] still talks about Partners. He talks of [therapist] and those piggyback rides, and asks about [therapist] a lot. He has only warm wonderful memories of Partners. Every time we are on 694 and he sees the exit to Partners, he asks to go…
In closing, I cannot thank you guys enough. Even though [he] has so many gains to make in the academic world, I know that he NEVER would have been able to do this school program without Partners working on his behaviors. You have taught [him] how to control himself, keep his emotions under control and use his language to express himself. Partners gave him the building blocks he needed to manage himself around people.
Don’t ever question the importance of what you do there at Partners. In my opinion, you saved my son and made him a much happier person. From the bottom of my heart, I thank each and every one of you.
Surely God is working miracles through each of you. Thank you for helping my son find his voice.
We are so grateful to all of you, whether you played a big or small role in [our son]’s education the past two years. Thank you for the compassion and dedication you have shown to our entire family. We will all miss coming to Partners, even [our other kids]! [Our son] has gained an incredible amount of skills thanks to all of you. We know he was always well taken care of and loved. We’ll always have fond memories of Partners. Best wishes as you continue to enrich the lives of children with autism.
Thank you seems such an inadequate thing to say for all you have done for my son. He has grown and flourished here at Partners. You taught him how to smile and me how to smile. I can’t thank you enough.