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Delores Van Tuyl Champ for Marian Hope Center

Delores's submission:

Marian Hope Center for Children's Therapy (MHC), Independence, MO, provides intensive therapeutic classes for children with special needs (autism, Down syndrome, etc.) ages 18 months-18 years old. MHC provides speech-language and occupational therapies, special instruction, and behavioral therapies by offering handwriting, social skills, feeding, language enrichment, motor, reading, and alternative communication classes. MHC integrates children without special needs into therapy classes. This allows children with special needs to learn from their "neuro-typical" peers as well as allowing for more functional and generalized outcomes.  The need for services provided by MHC continues to rise.  MHC also provides support for parents/caregivers through education consulting and providing training and provides community support so that special needs children can be successfully integrated into community programs and their school environment.  MHC has been a tremendous help for our grandson.

About Marian Hope Center for Children's Therapy (

Marian Hope Center was born of a vision for enhancing the lives of children with special needs through integrative, holistic programs. The non-profit (501c3) organization was founded in 2007 by licensed speech-language pathologist, Angie Knight, M.A., CCC-SLP, and Karen Embry, parent of a child with special needs.

Staffed by multifunctional therapists and paraprofessionals that are highly talented and nurturing, Marian Hope Center is growing and gaining recognition among health care, academic, and child advocacy professionals for its unique functional approach and phenomenal successes in treatment, instruction, and complete care for children and their families.

Our student-to-therapist/paraprofessional ratios and "whole child" programs set us apart and make the difference in your child's success. Our Mission is to give hope to every child through innovative programming, education supports to parents/caregivers, and outreach services to the community.


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