We started The Madison Center in 2004 as a non-profit pediatric therapy center because our child, Madison, had severe childhood Apraxia of Speech. Today, we offer both speech and occupational therapy services with the goal of serving as caring and skilled professionals to address your child's unique needs.
It is still so vivid to me. Our daughter was two years-old and not talking at all. We knew something was wrong. Shortly after, she was diagnosed with Apraxia (a motor planning disorder that affects speech production). Immediately our primary focus turned to finding her the best treatment possible. After a lot of trial and error, we thankfully were referred to the Mayo Clinic and introduced to Dr. Edythe Strand, an expert in Apraxia. Dr. Strand’s approach involves retraining the brain and focuses on the movements involved during speech production.
In helping Madison, we were committed to Dr. Strand’s approach to treatment and sought out therapists willing to train underneath her. Frankly, this ended up being a frustrating process. There were times when I left therapy in tears worried Madison was not getting the treatment she needed. That’s when we decided to start a non-profit speech therapy center focused on treating children the way Dr. Strand recommends.
I will never forget the first time Madison called me Mom. It was only then that I was sure we had done the right thing. Today though dedication and hard work, Madison is a talker! She has blossomed into a bright, funny young lady who loves music, skiing, and hanging out with her friends. We are so proud of Madison and it is because of her that we are continuing to pursue our goal of giving children with speech and occupational disorders the best chance for success.
At The Madison Center we first look at the child holistically and how communication affects family dynamics, social peer interactions and academic performance. We tailor treatment to each individual by identifying strengths and working together to optimize your child’s progress. Most importantly, our treatments are child-centered, functional, and fun.