Success Stories

We love hearing feedback about your child’s experience at the Kaufman Children’s Center and updates on their progress after they’ve left! Please use the button at right to submit your success stories so we may share them with other parents. Submissions may be edited for length.

Thank you for the attention, patience, and love you showed Jake during our time with you.

DEVON (Illinois)

Nancy, they might call you a CAS expert, and that is absolutely accurate, but you are also a fairy godmother disguised as an SLP. Thank you for the attention, patience, and love you showed Jake during our time with you. Our week at the Kaufman Center was life changing. We will forever be indebted to you and your knowledge. And we will be back soon!

He has a new spark in his speech and everyone around him is commenting on how much he has progressed.

JILL (Mississippi)

I cannot tell you what a joy and privilege it was to visit your facility last April with our son, Joshua. He has a new spark in his speech and everyone around him is commenting on how much he has progressed over the past few months. We attribute a lot of it to the wonderful few days he spent with you! Thank you for investing your time and energy into Joshua. We could not have been more pleased and are excited to see what we can do next with him. We so look forward to working with you again and are so very thankful for the amazing service that you provided for us. If only we lived a little closer and could come more than once a year!

I am so thankful that you brought something to our attention that previously went unnoticed.

ANGELA (Michigan)

Less than six months ago, my husband and I came to see you for an evaluation on our 2 1/2 year old daughter, Julia. When we came to see you, she was able to say single words and only a few two words phrases. Not only did you recommend to us that we start speech services with KCC but you also recommended that we have Julia evaluated for OT. We began speech and OT services through Albiona and Jeanette. The progress that she has made is unbelievable. Within 3-4 months of speech, Julia was stringing 4-5 words together and communicating all her basic needs with us. As you know, there were many other benefits to her finding her voice and being able to communicate with us at home. Her progress has been such that Albiona recently discussed discharging speech services. She has also made tremendous progress through her OT services. I am so thankful that you brought something to our attention that previously went unnoticed. I also can't say enough about both Jeanette and Albiona. The care and patience they have exhibited while working with Julia is heartwarming. Their expertise in their fields is extremely apparent in each session.

Our lives were blessed by you and the method you developed for working with children.

AMBER (California)

I just wanted to write because three years ago at this time of October, we flew from San Diego to Michigan for our son Cason to work with you. He was 26 months old at the time. He only had a few words approximations. After seeing you, we took back the info to his SLP's and also worked with him at home. For the next 2.5 years, he had private speech 3 days a week focused on the K-SLP and early intervention/public school speech twice a week. We also moved to Charleston in December of 2014 (military). Our new speech office evaluated him and we determined his was age appropriate across the board. He graduated from speech! I still think of you often and how our lives were blessed by you and the method you developed for working with children that have apraxia.

They are incredible people who LOVE what they do.

CYNTHIA (Michigan)

Ruth and Jeanette have made a very deep connection with our son, Christian and deserve the highest praise & gratitude. No surprise to you, but they are incredible people who LOVE what they do or my son would see right through them. It isn't just that Christian is speaking more and more clearly or that his confidence level has sky rocketed since working with them; it's that he talks about them every day and doesn't realize that what he's learning with them is hard work - that takes a unique individual with innate skill sets; skills simply that can't be taught. We thank you for your leadership as obviously you have a keen sense of who these educators must be in order to effectively partner with our children. We know we have a long way to go yet, but it's apparent that Christian will meet and exceed his milestones because we have the right team in Ruth & Jeanette.

Thanks for supporting our journey and motivating us to dream bigger.

LOUISE (Canada)

Thank you so much for the giving Josie the opportunity to attend the 2011 summer SPEAK program! The program was everything I was hoping for. You are truly incredible at what you do. I watched Josie’s speech grow everyday and her self confidence soar. She would wake up every morning in West Bloomfield and ask if she could go to her class. She is still talking about the class and singing the songs every day. The skills that I learned in that one month are invaluable. These skills will enable me to support Josie's new speech goals on a daily basis, which is going to be the key for her to succeed. Thanks for supporting our journey and motivating us to dream bigger. I will keep you updated on Josie's progress.

His spontaneous speech in general has improved a great deal!

MARY (South Carolina)

I can’t thank you enough for spending time with Porter and helping him (and me) with his speech. You really helped us a lot and I have seen many changes in the last few weeks. We have been working very hard on the verb cards and the Kaufman cards and it is amazing how much better (and faster) he is naming the words. His spontaneous speech in general has improved a great deal! It is very exciting! I can’t thank you enough for all of your help and insight.

We are writing to let you know what a wonderful program you have.

MARK & DIXIE (New York)

We are writing to let you know what a wonderful program you have. Our daughter was diagnosed by Nancy with severe apraxia the first part of April. Since then our speech-language pathologists have worked with Nancy’s cards and it is just beautiful what Gretchen is saying. There are now sentences, along with phrases. I just wanted to let you know how wonderful you are and we appreciate you.

At the KCC, Kids
with CHALLENGES
become CHAMPIONS!

I learned so much during his intensive therapy. You truly have a gift for working with children.

DEBI

Thank you so much for teaching us how to give Andrew a voice. I learned so much during his intensive therapy. You truly have a gift for working with children. It was amazing even during Andrew’s evaluation, it was the first time we heard his voice. I could only imagine how well he would progress if he was a full-time patient. I hope your local parents know how fortunate they are to have such an amazing children’s group locally. Thank you again for all the knowledge!

Many thanks from a mom who thought she would never have to tell her child to shhhh...

PAULA (Illinois)

We are so pleased with the progress Zachary has made since meeting you. We’ve been using the apraxia kit at home and during speech, and he is doing so wonderfully. When we saw you, about one month ago, Zach had maybe 25 words. Today, with the use of approximations, he's upwards of 75-100. He is so happy and he is not nearly as frustrated, meaning he’s behaving much better. Many thanks from a mom who thought she would never have to tell her child to shhhh... for a minute.

This is definitely the place to come to get your child talking!

PARENT OF A 5-YEAR-OLD

Our son was diagnosed with apraxia (motor speech problems) at three years old. We tried local speech therapists for a year with minimal success. Fred turned 4 and still communicated by pointing and making noises. We heard about the Kaufman Children's Center and started making the drive (1½ hours each way) once a week. Within five months, Fred started speaking spontaneously and by nine months Nancy determined that he no longer had a motor speech problem and could work on his grammar problems locally. All speech therapists are not the same. Most don't seem to know how to handle apraxia in kids because it is relatively rare. This is definitely the place to come to get your child talking! We think the progress we have made here is miraculous.

It has been less than a year and Brian has gone from being totally non-verbal to speaking in sentences.

RHONDA

When Brian was 2 and not talking I began to get a little concerned. When he was 2½ and still not talking, our pediatrician suggested having an evaluation done, after which we were told to wait 6 more months because of his age. We had another evaluation done elsewhere and were referred to the Kaufman Children's Center. After being evaluated and diagnosed with ``verbal apraxia`` he began therapy. It has been less than a year and Brian has gone from being totally non-verbal to speaking in sentences. I cannot thank Nancy Kaufman and the Kaufman Children's Center enough...they have given my son the gift of speech.

I hope you know how many lives you have touched.

MICHELLE

I hope you know how many lives you have touched. Thank you for all you have done for Jake, our family and the lives of so many others.

Nancy Kaufman is a very talented person who really knows how to connect and tap into a child.

JULIETTE

Nancy Kaufman WOW…she was great! We took our son Logan to see Nancy Kaufman in Detroit and she was amazing and helped us so much. She is a very talented person who really knows how to connect and tap in to a child. I was amazed and just wanted to pass this along to the group, if you are in need of help with apraxia, I view her as the “Apraxia Queen.” She has an amazing website that actually got me started. We traveled from NY to Detroit, MI and it was very worthwhile. She gave Logan a book of songs, and on the way home from Detroit, he opened it up and turned to three different pages with three different songs then read and sang them, it was a “Wow!”

Thank you a hundred times over for your help. He is getting better and better every day.

JENNIFER (New York)

It has been a little over five months since my son, Christopher and I visited your outstanding facility. I intentionally waited to contact you because I wanted to tell you the unbelievable strides that he makes every day. We were so excited to get started on the new path that we were to take with Christopher. Just knowing all of the little signs to look for regarding his sensory needs and how to handle them was such a gift. Especially since we never even noticed he had such issues. Thank you a hundred times over for your help. He is getting better and better every day. I cannot thank you enough for your knowledge and commitment to your profession. I'm looking forward to a follow-up visit so you can see the strides. Your staff was so kind in what can be a difficult time for any family. I know it was very hard for me to walk in those doors for the first time. It is always nice to see a friendly face when you’re scared. Thank them for us.

We left that week with a new understanding of speech therapy and hope to continue Nancy's practice at home and in our area.

LINDSAY (Illinois)

I was not sure what to expect when I walked into the Kaufman Center this August for SPEAK camp with my son but all I knew is that we would at least be pointed in the right direction. The staff was friendly, welcoming and the building was warm and inviting. We got the privilege to work one on one with Nancy Kaufman during the week along with her daughter Carly SLP, Monica a student of SLP, Jennifer SLP, Lisa Music Therapist and so many more. We left that week with a new understanding of speech therapy and hope to continue Nancy's practice at home and in our area. Thank you all for your help and understanding.

Nancy taught us how to push him to the best of his ability so that he can reach his goals and live a more typical kid life.

BECKY (Alaska)

We have experienced ongoing excellent service from KCC over the past year. My son has severe CAS and made very little progress with speech before we visited Nancy and her amazing staff last summer. We attended a one week intensive session, including speech and occupational therapy. Nancy and Amy did thorough evaluations and sent us home with detailed recommendations for how to continue his therapies. I was able to consult with Nancy as we updated his IEP for kindergarten. About six months later, we returned to KCC for a two week session. My son's progress using Nancy's methods has been nothing short of astounding. Building on the skills he gained during the fall, she taught us how to script his sentences to help him communicate clearly and effectively. As a parent, I loved being actively included in his therapy and getting practical suggestions for supporting his communication in everyday settings. My son can now say his name clearly, and can use simple sentences to communicate his needs and thoughts. He is able to tell me about his school day for the first time in 2 1/2 years of school. For the first time, I feel as though he will be able to develop normal speech. Nancy taught us how to push him to the best of his ability so that he can reach his goals and live a more typical kid life. Nancy and her staff were caring, smart and flexible. I should mention that we traveled over 4 time zones to attend KCC, TWICE! Both trips were absolutely worth the expense and hassle. I will always be grateful to Nancy and KCC for helping my little guy unlock his voice. Thanks, everyone!

Nothing better than seeing someone who has given their life's work to something do what they do best and help your kid.

JUSTIN (Ohio)

Had an evaluation for CAS with Nancy today. She is an angel sent from heaven. Nothing better than seeing someone who has given their life's work to something do what they do best and help your kid. Before today I was afraid to hope. Today, hope returned. Justin, Ohio

Our little girl spoke more words in her first 30 minutes with Nancy than she has in all her therapy sessions combined!

MIRIAM (Florida)

We took our 2-1/2yo daughter to a recent SPEAK session (2-week intensive) with Nancy and her incredible staff. Our little girl spoke more words in her first 30 minutes with Nancy than she has in all her therapy sessions combined! And, now that we've returned home, I now know how I can be a huge part of her therapy. Yesterday, she said a 4-word sentence without me scripting for her. Thanks, Kaufman Children's Center!

James shares with us his desires, his thoughts, his frustrations and we are so so pleased. His confidence is so high, too!

DEANNA (Kentucky)

You gave us the most wonderful gift this summer and we are still relishing in our new vocal Jamesy Boy! A whole new world has been opened up for him. James shares with us his desires, his thoughts, his frustrations and we are so so pleased. His confidence is so high, too! Being with the other boys at SPEAK opened up a whole new social world for James and he is playing with friends in a new, more appropriate and social way, too! James’ HeadStart speech therapist has watched every minute of your DVD with James. She is Kaufman obsessed! In fact, she has asked that she be able to travel with me when I bring James back to you for a 4 day intensive, just so she can watch you with him. You have given James the gift of gab, but also have given him some credibility! Based on the fact that we came to see you ALONE (before we even received your report), his school immediately agreed to DOUBLE his speech and OT. Wow!!

Everyone around us was amazed by his progress. It has been a year since we visited the Kaufman Children’s Center. Cason has more words that I can count.

AMBER (California)

I will always be grateful for the four days we spent in Michigan so Cason could work with Nancy Kaufman. What we learned was priceless. We returned home and immediately began scripting with Cason. It wasn’t too long before he was using pivot phrases to make two and three word sentences. He gained more and more approximations, which in a short time turned into the actual words. Everyone around us was amazed by his progress. It has been a year since we visited the Kaufman Children’s Center. Cason has more words that I can count. He is putting together spontaneous three to four word sentences. Sometimes we even get a five or six word sentence! It has been amazing. Our family will always be grateful to Nancy Kaufman and her staff. And thankful for the materials Nancy has created to provide appropriate treatment for children with apraxia.

We would not be where we are today without all of your hard work, dedication, and compassion for all these incredible children.

JODY (Michigan)

Our experience with the Kaufman Children’s Center has been tremendous!! We would not be where we are today, without all of your hard work, dedication, and compassion for all these incredible children. Thank you all for making such a positive difference in our lives!

People can’t believe we drive that far, but our reaction is always, “She’s worth it.”

JOHN & MELANIE (Michigan)

Thank you so much for helping our son. People can’t believe we drive that far, but our reaction is always, “She’s worth it.” We are so very grateful to Ms. Nancy Kaufman, who showed us the way when others failed.