“My wife and I started bringing our son, Ryan, to Princeton Speech Language and Learning Center 10 years ago. Ryan has high-functioning autism, but was really struggling with social cues and basic communication skills. The staff at PSLLC not only opened the doors for him that allowed him to express what he was trying to say, they also provided us with the tools that we could use at home to reinforce the lessons he learned in his therapy sessions. I am proud to say that Ryan, now 18, has improved his communication skills to such a high level that he has done over 35 presentations on Autism Awareness to a variety of groups: from elementary and high school students, to school faculty and staff, as well as for local law enforcement. The weekly therapy offered by Marcie Fountaine and the other counselors at PSLLC has pushed Ryan to a level of communication that far exceeds what we ever could have dreamed of for him. He is now confident,more flexible, and uses problem-solving skills at a level that is crucial to his development into an independent adult.
— Sincerely, Andy Sinkleris
I want to thank you and your staff for the wonderful service you have provided for my daughter, B, over the past couple of years. Having B work with your speech therapists has done wonders for her in overcoming her many challenges due to Auditory Processing Disorder. It’s still a bumpy road ahead, but I have no doubt that B will rise above and succeed.
— Parent of a 13 year old
We always knew our daughter was exceptionally bright, but she was always a bit different from the other kids. She could read The New York Times at age three, but was socially “young” in many ways. She constantly had trouble at school, both academically and socially. It drove us crazy! She would do her homework, but forget to turn it in, or lie and say she didn’t have homework at all because she wanted to play on the computer instead. There were many “uneven” relationships with kids at school. She would either overwhelm one child with attention until they would practically have to run and hide from her, or she would allow a bossy kid to push her around just so she could be a part of some kind of a group. There was a period of two years where she was only invited to one play-date and one birthday party – total. It simply broke our hearts. She wanted so badly to have friends and to belong. she just couldn’t understand how to do it. We tried psychologists, psychiatrists, homework Hellers, tutors – even an art therapist – and no one seemed to really hit the nail on the head.
Someone suggested that perhaps a Social Thinking Group might help her, and so we tried PSLLC. She began having both individual and group sessions at age 11, and the transformation in her has been absolutely a joy to watch. She is now 13, and what she has learned there truly saved her. A few of the many skills they have given her are the ability to better negotiate transitions, to read people’s facial expression and body language, to set goals for herself, and to organize her time better. As a result she is no longer constantly frustrated and stressed out over the day-to-day demands of her school work. Her relationships with her peers, siblings, teachers, and her parents have improved tremendously. She has much more confidence in herself. We have watched the fog of stress and depression lift from around her, and see a genuinely happy kid emerging.
A side benefit of our daughter’s working with PSLLC has been that we, her parents, have also been given all sorts of hints, tips, and suggestions as to how to parent our daughter more effectively. This has helped reduce our level of stress and anxiety as well. Our other children are also benefiting from our use of these strategies. PSLLC has been nothing short of a Godsend to our family.
I want to express my gratitude and appreciation for all you have done and continue to do for my son.
Prior to my initial consult with you, I had several professionals dismiss my concerns and fail to recognize the challenges my son faces. It was the insight, knowledge and guidance of Princeton Speech Language and Learning Center that led me to an accurate understanding of my son.
Not only did you assist myself, my family and most of all, my son, in improving our communication and interactions with one another, but you provided and continue to provide my son with the tools required to have a successful life.
I will never be able to thank you enough for assisting me on this journey, both your patience and time were never taken for granted. I look forward to the days ahead when all the hard work and intervention result in my son reaching his own personal goals. When that day happens, I will smile and think of you, the first person that listened, understood and acknowledged, the special soul of a misunderstood little boy. Once again, I want to thank you and your staff for all you do.
PSLLC is fantastic. My son Jake started receiving services when he was 3 years old. The progress he made was so outstanding that by the time he entered kindergarten he no longer needed services. Now Jake participates in a social skills group run by PSLLC. Through their hard work and effort Jake’s social skills are flourishing. He is now able to participate in social situations that in the past would have caused him great difficulty. Thanks for all your help!