Dear DownWrite Special:
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give each other a big hug.
off to my friends and family.
The nursing staff, however, insisted that I receive a caseworker to help me
deal with my loss. Needless to say, I was very insulted but I played the
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My son Patrick is a lovely young man. He is fun, loving, sociable and
engaging 14-year-old. The only difference between Pat and other
teenagers is that he was diagnosed with Down syndrome at birth.
To Whom It May Concern
This letter is to support Mrs. Euginia Pruday and express my confidence in her unique, European-style approach to correct children’s speech-related problems. My wife and I first met Euginia in the fall of 2000. We heard of Euginia by chance through her advertisement in a newspaper. My son was seven at that time. He had articulation problems as well as some other, less alarming difficulties.
Before meeting Euginia , we had had been visiting other specialists in this field for more then two years. Even though these specialists were very conscientious and highly responsible professionals, the progress with the development of our son’s speaking kills was rather slow. In my opinion, this slow process might be related to not very well optimized and rather unstructured used by traditional North American schools of speech therapy.
The situation drastically improved after we started to see Mrs. Praday on a systematic basis; approximately, once a week. The healing effect was truly spectacular. My son’s problems practically disappeared in six to seven months. Now it is virtually impossible to notice anything unusual when my son speaks. Nevertheless, we continue to see Euginia regularly since we still seek her guidance in final polishing my son’s speaking skills.
I do not have any doubt that traditional approaches to speech correction have proven effective and useful for a large pull of North American children. However, based on our positive experience with Mrs. Pruday, I would urge considering some elements of European schools to the practice of North American speech therapists. Some children may respond remarkably well to a combination of European and North American techniques. In this respect, unique expertise of Euginia, who has extensive working experiences in Europe, Israel, and Canada, is truly invaluable.
In closing, my wife and I consider us lucky that we met Mrs. Pruday. We are grateful to this compassionate and dedicated professional, while her input can hardly be overestimated. I strongly, recommend making use of Mrs. Pruday’s expertise in further development of concepts and practices of speech therapy in Canada.
Thank you for considering this letter. Should you need any further information regarding this letter of support, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org Alternatively, you may directly contact Mrs. Pruday at 905-763-9987.
Tigran V. Chalikian, Ph.D