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Meet Becky


In a cozy room at ARC, five-year-old Becky and her speech therapist Stephanie are playing a word game.

"What do cows drink?" asks Stephanie. "Milk," comes the reply.

"What does a red light mean?” "Stop."

_RSP4888Becky has come a long way from being the shy youngster who didn't speak at all before she was three, and was "tentative and timid," according to her dad Jose through an interpreter.

"What I respect most about ARC is their sensitive approach in helping my daughter," he added, saying that Becky has become so much more confident.

In fact, she now speaks in full sentences.

"I think you might lose," Becky says to her therapist, smiling, as the word game begins to wrap up.

Meet Hailey


As a baby, Hailey didn't babble. By the time she was three, she could only say five words.

Everyone said, "one day she'll just wake up and talk."

But she didn't, and that's when her mom Sarah turned to ARC.

"I was so worried about what would happen in kindergarten," if Hailey couldn't communicate, she said. Children were already asking why Hailey wasn't more talkative.

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Her diagnosis of childhood apraxia of speech meant she needed help in forming and then saying words. So every week, Hailey and her speech therapist meet at ARC to practice --with some dramatic results.

Hailey now speaks in full sentences.

"I know a lot of her improvement came from ARC" says Sarah. "And her therapist. I love her."