Three years ago our family's journey with Cheryl Small Jackson and her amazing team began. How do we thank the person who changed our son's life by giving him a voice? Traditional speech therapy did not work for Christopher. At the age of 3 he still had only 20-25 words that were basic at most. At the initial consultation with Cheryl, she started with the PROMPT method and for the first time ever Christopher produced sounds I had never heard! I told Cheryl that it was like magic watching that and she smiled and said "no honey that's PROMPT". Now I say "journey with Cheryl" because as Christopher's therapist over the years she looks at him as a whole and guides us with the right supplemental therapies that he needs. As he accomplishes one goal, she helps set another and works with us, his school and his other therapists to compliment his progress and challenge him to get to the next level. That shows the strong commitment she has for our son's success. I remember crying back in the day that my son cannot even tell me he loves me. Now he runs up to me kisses me and says with his ever so perfect voice I LOVE YOU MOMMY!! No one understands but our family and Cheryl how hard he worked to be able to produce those sounds. Now we have a 6 year old son who sings songs, tells silly stories and laughs... his laughter and smile is there because Cheryl and her wonderful team gave our son his voice. I know by having Cheryl as his therapist and guide he's going to accomplish great things. Cheryl is an outstanding human being, she is now part of our family. I am his Mommy and gave him life but Cheryl gave him the next best thing.....his voice. Thank you so much from the bottom of our happy hearts.
My son Garvan started with The Center for Small Jewels at the age of six. He had a severe language and speech impairment along with sensory processing disorder. Despite four and a half years of speech therapy via Early Intervention and his school district his speech was unintelligible, his vocabulary was limited and expressive language was nil. He had been subjected to bullying by his peers and arrived at the center a broken child, very isolated, severely frustrated, unable to communicate with very low self-esteem.
I was immediately put at ease by Cheryl on our first introduction and she reassured me that my son was in good hands and would be in a far better place after therapy. It was extremely refreshing after years of speech therapists and evaluations to finally meet someone so knowledgeable who could accurately diagnose my son's class of speech impairment and thereby commence the correct form of therapy. I cannot over emphasize the difference that Cheryl has made in my son's life and indirectly to us, his family. In the space of eighteen months my son is more articulate, more confident, less frustrated, better placed to succeed academically and develop social relationships.
Today was our last day at the Center for Small Jewels and it was bittersweet, we are so grateful for Garvan's progress but so sad to say goodbye to all the friends we made.
I cannot thank Cheryl enough for everything she has done for Garvan. She gave my son his voice and gave me back my child in a far better place than the day we walked through her door.
We feel very fortunate to have found The Center for Small Jewels 3 years ago. At the time, my daughter was making little progress with communicating. She could understand everything but was not able to express herself. I had heard wonderful things about The Center and about the PROMPT technique and decided to call to see if my daughter could benefit. I was impressed with how comprehensive the initial evaluation was that Cheryl conducted herself and how supportive, professional and friendly all the staff have been at The Center. The Center has also offered trainings for parents, which I attended, to learn how to reinforce the PROMPT technique at home.
Now, 3 years later, my daughter has made such amazing progress working with Victoria! My daughter can now speak in sentences and has so much to say! She is still working on pronouncing certain sounds, but definitely has more confidence in her abilities to express her thoughts. I hope that more children have the opportunity to benefit from PROMPT and from the wonderful services at The Center for Small Jewels.
My son has been followed by Cheryl and Sue for the past 5 years. Their compassion, patience, and love of what they do cannot be compared. They are both attentive, skilled and tuned in therapists. Similar to other health care professions, there is an art and science to their craft and I think the progress my son has made over the years is attributable to this and their ability to keep him motivated and engaged. They have been attune to him as has grown and developed over the years and have made referrals to other specialists that have continued to complement his care.
When visiting CSJ we are always greeted with a friendly and personal hello by all staff and I have always been impressed with their level of professionalism and helpfulness.
When first looking for a therapist, I was given their names and told "you will see amazing things happen." This statement could not have been more true and I am forever grateful to them and the entire CSJ family.
Few understood us when we expressed our concerns that our son was not only not talking by age two, he wasn't making the normal sounds we felt babies and children should be making, sounds that his peers were making for quite some time. He was cute, he was social and smiled bigger than any other children we knew, ut he became increasingly frustrated when eh would open his mouth, point and say "ih". After months of services and no new sounds, one of his therapists mentioned Cheryl and her Center for Small Jewels. We were immediately struck by her passion for what she does. Our son has made great progress in his speech and language development.
Parent of Toby
Bronx, New York
Our son Lucas began visiting The Center for Small Jewels at age five. At that time, his speech and verbal processing issues were so profound that his words were virtually unintelligible to strangers. He could not name colors. His balance and body awareness were severely compromised and he frequently injured himself by falling down and running into things. Within weeks at CSJ engaging in PROMPT and language therapies with Cheryl and Occupational Therapy with Vincent, Lucas began to make extraordinary progress in speech, language retrieval, sensory processing and body awareness.