Ariel’s Story

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Ariel’s Story

Ariel is the daughter of Darrionna, a single mom with one other child. Darrionna came to Guardian Angel Settlement Association in hope of quality care for her children while she worked to provide for them. Guardian Angel Settlement Association was her final hope after an unsuccessful and overwhelming search.

Quickly, Ariel and her sibling were enrolled and Darrionna was immediately relieved. Childcare teachers and staff welcomed the family and began to assess each child’s needs. It became apparent that Ariel had speech challenges, and Darrionna alerted Ariel’s teacher that she had received speech therapy before, but the sessions were unsuccessful. Ariel’s teacher and mother established a goal to improve her impediment during her time in childcare.

Ariel’s teacher began working on her communication in her daily interactions. Together, they practiced word association in certain situations so she could express herself verbally rather than by crying. They also worked on word pronunciation through various speech exercises.

Watch Ariel’s mother, Darrionna, talk about the attention her daughter received.

Ariel’s speech improved in a short period of time, and Darrionna has continued to practice with her at home. Just recently, Ariel started to ask her mom, “Mom, did you have a good day?” when she comes to pick her up. For the first time, Darrionna was left speechless.

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