“We met Sarah Hirschman – my daughter’s OT from Blue Bird Day School (BBDS)- while my daughter was in Early Intervention for what was then deemed to be Emotional Regulation & SPD. Sarah was by far the most influential and impactful therapist we had met to-date. She was also the first person I contacted when Drew got the official Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis in December 2014.
The moment we enrolled Drew at BBDS in February 2015, we noticed quasi immediate improvements on all fronts: better social ability, increased tolerance for the unknown/unfamiliar, less ritualistic rigidity, less lashing out against peers and significantly reduced tantrum violence & frequency. What we were particularly thrilled about was the level of excitement Drew manifested after her first day at BBDS and every morning thereafter when it was “time for school!” – something she usually was highly anxious about while attending our local catholic private school.
I could write for hours about BBDS but what I hope to convey the most is how eternally grateful I am to have found true professionals who can handle and work with my daughter’s myriad challenges, yes, but all the while and more importantly: a team of amazing people who care, who love, who are incessantly dedicated, patient beyond understanding and ineffably compassionate with special children of all walks of life.
Take a random walk through BBDS’ halls or be a passive fly on the wall as you walk to the bathroom before you pick up your child and you will inevitably be floored by the radiant energy and the palpable positive vibes that emanate from BBDS’ staff and therapists that are assiduously at work with their patients. It’s remarkable!
We all know as moms of special needs kids what herculean tasks we need to surmount every day and we all know it’s a marathon, not a sprint. For me, however, BBDS has turned the impossible into real accomplishments and each small step my daughter learns here turns into an exponential feat of achievement. It’s like a contagious positive cycle that Drew is now addicted to, and so are we. We never saw this before and we know it is all thanks to BBDS and their amazingly dedicated team.
I thank my lucky stars every time I see my daughter walk in after her BBDS session with a proud smile on her face!”