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  • JADA

    Jada Carlson, M.Ed.

    Jada Carlson is an Early Education and Care Instructor at Methuen High School.  She previously worked as an Early Intervention Specialist at the Professional Center for Child Development and with the Massachusetts Early Intervention Parent Leadership Project.

    become so much more.  I learned about child development  from speech, physical and occupational therapists.  I developed relationships with so many special families over the years....

    I entered the world of Early Intervention as a professional back in 1996 shortly after graduating from college.  I was hired as a developmental educator, but the role grew to

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    Changing Perspectives

    Jada’s Story

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  • KYLE

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    Within the first week home, we were introduced to an Early Intervention team from the Professional Center for Child Development....

    It was November 1999 and my husband Tim and I had just brought our son Kyle home after a long four month ordeal at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston. Kyle was born at 26 weeks, 1 lb. 4 oz., and it seemed like it took an eternity for him to gain the proper weight and development to be able to ever leave the hospital. We had been on an emotional rollercoaster, from the day of learning we were pregnant with twins, to losing our beloved son Taylor one month after his birth. While we were very excited and extremely fortunate to have Kyle home, we knew there was a long road ahead of us.

    KYLE’s Story

  • MATEO

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    and lots of health issues from low tone and Mitochondrial Disorder. He is also legally blind. He is non-verbal and communicates with vocalizations, facial expressions, eye gaze and his switches. We first met through the Northeast RCP (Regional Consultation Program) which is located at PCCD....

    The Professional Center for Child Development has been part of our family since Mateo was two years old. Mateo was born healthy and began losing developmental milestones at three months of age. At five months, he was diagnosed with Infantile Spasms. Mateo has global developmental delays

    Mateo's family

    Augmentative Communication Expands Mateo’s World

    Mateo’s Story

  • MELANIE

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    I knew I would volunteer for the Professional Center for Child Development as soon as I met the 2x3 Preschool staff.  I was so nervous to start my son at school due to some of his developmental issues and I was worried if he would be accepted as is or just looked at as a trouble-maker....

    Melanie’s Story

    I’ve always been one to volunteer, whether it’s been for the local animal shelter, library, a local non-profit or for a one-time event.  I’m nurturing by nature but I really enjoy lending a hand, especially to an organization I’m passionate about.

    melanie's family
  • OLIVIA & DESMOND

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    and swallowing, and selective mutism. She endured a number of blue spells and choking episodes.  The Professional Center therapists were there for her from before she took her first steps and her Occupational Therapist remained focused on feeding until Olivia graduated the program at 3 years old.  Olivia also attended the PCCD food group and the Two-by-Two developmental play group....

    The Professional Center for Child Development has been part of our family since our daughter Olivia was 3 months old. Olivia was born premature, with multiple congenital anomalies, difficulty breathing

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    Olivia and Desmond

  • SAIDHANYA

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    English was not her primary language at home.  Since this was her first school experience, we were nervous about how she would adjust to school and interact with the teachers and other children.  She was able to work through the transitions and routines quickly....

    Saidhanya's family

    We first came to know about PCCD when our daughter Saidhanya was 3.5 years old and started preschool.  Her preschool years will be priceless memories for all of us. From the first time we visited for a tour, we felt very welcomed.

    Saidhanya’s Story

  • YAO

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    In July 2015, my husband, our then seven-year-old daughter, and I traveled to Xinzhou, China, in Shanxi Province to adopt our new son. He was two years and three months old when we brought him home from the orphanage where he’d lived his entire life. He had a cleft lip, which had been repaired in China when he was 15 months old; he hadn’t been allowed to learn to walk (despite the fact there was not a gosh darn thing wrong with his legs); he’d never been fed solid food and was undernourished; he didn’t speak a word of Mandarin; and throwing things was the only way he knew to play. (Note: He does have a great arm; watch out Red Sox.) Obviously, we had some obstacles to overcome, but even so, our little one had a bubbly personality, responded beautifully to love and attention, and was anxious to get to know the world outside of his crib.....

    Yao’s Story

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