Our son has been a client of the Swain Center since he was 2 years old. Quite honestly, I’m not sure where we would be today (7 years later) if it were not for the wonderful, caring and deeply committed staff. Their Let’s Adapt! classes have been a integral and vital part of his therapy. Having been diagnosed with Oral Apraxia, they not only taught him to talk, but how to handle all the emotional growth he missed as a result of not being able to vocalize his emotions. Let’s Adapt! has been invaluable to teaching him how to socialize with others, what is sociably acceptable for his age and most importantly, how to deal with volatile emotions.
His growth has been amazing! If you were to meet him today, you would never know he had to struggle with such issues. We owe his growth to those who work with him and the continual education the Swain Center offers.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
The Wax Family
My son is 6.5 years old and on the Autism Spectrum. He was diagnosed at 2 years of age and immediately started early intervention. We have taken a multidisciplinary approach to his care and he works with several different therapists, educators, and professionals. While each one of these is significant in his overall development, the Let’s Adapt Program at The Swain Center has been the most valuable when it comes to his social & emotional progress.
Human beings are hardwired to be socially aware and intuitive but kids like my son do not have that natural intuition. Things like empathy, thinking of others, establishing friendships and relationships, and so much more need to be taught. These are the tools that each person needs to function in our society. These very important life skills cannot be taught in individual one-on-one therapy. It needs to be specialized and in a group setting to give them the opportunities needed to learn these skills.
Every parent who has a child with a disability hopes that their child will have at least one friend, and be able to participate in school and community based activities with their peers. I am proud to say that today my son with Autism is able to not only participate in a general Ed Kindergarten class amongst his typically developing peers, he also has many friends, and he even participates in team sports. He can now tell me what he thinks and how he feels. These are things I was not sure he would ever be able to do on his own. I can honestly say that since he started the Let’s Adapt program, a whole new world of opportunity and inclusion have opened up for him. We owe so much of his progress to Michelle Chastain M.A., CCC-SLP and the team at The Swain Center!
To the all the wonderful Swain Center Staff,
For quite a few years I had previously struggled with academics. About the time of my middle school tenure and also through High School, I had made a valiant attempt to achieve great academic standing. However, my struggles did not seem to become much better even in High School. It wasn’t until quite a few years after primary school that I had realized my learning problems also stemmed outside the general classroom. I would find difficulties with simple instructions on a day to day basis. Fortunately with the help of PACE and the support of the Swain Center I came into the course unaware of where my fallacies lied. By the time I had completed the program under the instruction of The Swain Center staff, I had achieved a tremendous amount of learning tools to further myself not only in the academic setting, but in the work force as well.
It has been close to a year now and I have completed seventeen and a half units at Pasadena City College and have earned approximately a 3.4 GPA. I feel I owe a debt of gratitude to have been given the opportunity to improve my life with the help of the PACE program and the Swain center.
Thank you for introducing myself and my grandson to the PACE program. This program has helped him to better express himself and made him more aware of his environment. His vocabulary has improved and he remembers things. He is now able to tell me what has been previously said. He has become more focused, attentive, and is able to stay on task. He works a lot faster and is able to complete assignments without complaining of being tired or distracted by surrounding noises/sounds. His comprehension, math skills, and his ability to make associations and conclusions have all improved. I am sincerely grateful.
Grandmother of an eight-year old boy
In August 2007, my son was enrolled in the Tomatis program. Right away, his self-esteem began to improve. On the very first day we began to see changes in him. He was saying words and we could actually understand what he was saying. He became more attentive and began responding to others. We also saw his social skills improve. Overall, he became a much happier child.
Mother of an eight-year old boy
I just wanted to thank you so much for all that you did for my son in the Pace program. I felt that the program was very successful for him and we were very happy with the results. My only regret is that the program came to an end. Yet, three years later we still use some of the skills that we learned from Pace. When we study spelling words we visualize, say it forward and then say it backwards. I feel that his cognitive skills improved as well as his Auditory Processing by using both the Pace Program as well as Tomatis. The programs together were well worth the time and money.
More than anything though was the confidence that the programs gave him. He felt loved when we went to the Swain Center and misses you all very much. You all had such a way of making him feel special when all others in his life put him down or didn’t see what gifts and wonderful qualities that he does have. Children with learning disabilities have a hard time being appreciated in life by teachers and peers and the Swain Center team made him feel that he was smart and valued as a person. I thank you all for that more than anything else.
Mother of a 10-year old
My son participated in the Tomatis program at The Swain Center. We noticed many changes during and after the program. He started listening more to his little brother when they played. He made a friend at school, which had never happened before. He started dancing to familiar music and overall his sound tolerance greatly improved. He became less sensory defensive and less reliant on his blanket for comfort throughout the day.
Mother of a 5-year old
My son did the Tomatis therapy program. After block one of therapy I noticed changes in his focus while reading aloud. His academics improved and he became less distractible. His memory skills improved as well as his overall language. His eye contact improved as did his social relationships. I am very glad we chose to do this program.
Father of an 11-year old
My 12-year old daughter went through the Tomatis listening therapy program. We saw her grades in school improve. Overall, her memory skills significantly improved. She was no longer forgetting homework assignments and chores. Her voice quality improved and she was better able to organize her thoughts.
Mother of a 12-year old
My son seemed to gain more confidences as he went through the Tomatis program. He improved in taking responsibility for doing chores and remembering tasks without having to be reminded.
Mother of a 16-year old
My 5-year old son recently completed the Tomatis program. We are thrilled with this program! We noticed an increase in his overall speech and language skills. He became more expressive with his wants. He became socially more outgoing, I think because his language skills improved so much. He is no longer a “repeat-machine”, he actually tells us his likes and dislikes. His listening skills improved. He is now able to complete tasks with little prompting. He gained self-confidence and became a happier child. He really began to thrive while participating in this therapy.
Mother of a 6-year old