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April 7, 2013

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Development center changes children’s lives

To the editor:

As the Professional Center for Child Development in Andover celebrates its 40th anniversary of providing educational and therapeutic programs and services to children in our community, there are many memories we hold and two words that come to mind for our family. These words are “forever grateful.” We were able to witness firsthand the compassion, commitment and dedication that the staff of the PCCD provides to the families and children they serve.

Nearly 13 years ago we travelled to Yangjiang, Guangdong Province, China, to adopt a beautiful baby girl. As first time parents, we were filled with the joy of becoming a family. Caroline was all that we had hoped for and more! She had spent the first nine months of her life in an orphanage and was grossly underweight and had significant developmental delays.

We returned home and almost immediately contacted the PCCD at the urging of our pediatrician. The center and their early intervention program were amazing in their response to our needs. An evaluation was done and aggressive occupational and physical therapy sessions began. Within a very short time major improvements in gross and fine motor skills could be seen. Her major milestones lagged behind but she continued to progress at a nice pace. At age two, we enrolled her in the center’s “Two by Two” program where she socialized, improved her language skills. By her third birthday all of the goals set forth early on had been met and she was well on her way!

We travelled back to China one more time a couple of years later and adopted Catherine, who at 8 months old had been in a foster care program in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province. She was on target developmentally and did not require any services. She attended the center’s Two by Two program and thrived while there.

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