Success Stories

Michaela

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThree year old Michaela came to Main Street in the fall of 2011. Her mother, Shirley, came from Peru to Northern VA, where Michaela was born prematurely with a cleft palate and a heart murmur. Her cleft palate was repaired shortly after birth. But due to fluid buildup in her ears, Michaela experienced speech delays.

At Main Street, Michaela underwent testing for hearing, speech and language, and it was determined that a significant speech delay existed. Through a partnership with Fairfax County Public Schools, an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) was developed for Michaela, which allowed her to receive speech therapy at Main Street, administered by our onsite Fairfax County Public School Child Find Specialist, Mary Wilkinson.

After she began therapy, Michaela showed significant progress in the areas of speech and language and her range of vocabulary improved dramatically. Michaela began to show confidence and an improved ability to express herself.

Michaela’s mother Shirley, a single mother with a black belt in karate, volunteered at Main Street teaching weekly taekwondo classes to our school-aged children to instill self-control and discipline into their lives. She also participated in Main Street’s Spanish speaking parenting classes and ESL classes.