Student Makes Great Strides at Easterseals' Cranberry Township School

2020 Story of Hope, Daniel Rowe, Cranberry

When the Rowe Family moved to Pennsylvania, they began their search for the right special needs school for their son.  Daniel’s mom found Pittsburgh Special Needs Group on Facebook and made inquiries about area schools.  In addition to touring schools in their community, she heard good things about Easterseals, which provides education and therapy services to children ages 3 to 8.

For the Rowe family, Easterseals’ student to teacher ratio was important as well as the Monday through Friday regular school schedule.  She notes, “We are very encouraged by the amount of support Daniel gets each day.”   Easterseals’ integrated approach to therapy allows the classroom teachers to reinforce what a student has been working on in physical, speech or occupational therapy and vice versa.   And, in Daniel’s case, it has made a difference with his mobility. 

His mom told the story of a recent family trip to Living Treasures where Daniel was determined to walk uphill on a gravel road holding his father’s hand. His mom describes him, “He is steadier stronger and more confident.”  Sue Gurcak, Teacher at the Cranberry Township Easterseals’ School responds, “We are so personally invested in every student that hearing about a child’s progress and having a parent’s affirmation, makes all of our hard work so much more meaningful.”

Making strides, as in Daniel’s case, is what Easterseals is all about.  Our teachers and therapists love what they do and the love the children they work with.  And when one child succeeds at a new skill, it’s all our success.                     

To find out more about Easterseals’ Schools or support for a child with special needs, contact Laurie Chiodo at 412.281.7244, Ext. 1287. Easterseals’ Schools are in the neighborhoods of Cranberry, Whitehall and Export, PA.  We are currently accepting applications at all Schools. 
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