Our Families

Parents tell us that our approach to education and our support to families is making a difference in the lives of their children and families.  Here is what some former students’ families have said about Birchtree:


I know that the practical, scientific, and creative approach taken by Birchtree’s staff has not only helped our daughter but other special needs children within the school…

Student & ParentWhen I had just a glimmer of hope left for my son, Birchtree showed me the universe. Birchtree’s staff are dedicated, patient, and they leave no stone unturned. They don’t just teach my son at school—they’ve also come into our home to help us work on communication, chores, play, safety, and the list goes on. I’ve watched my son grow from a weed to a mighty oak tree. And he is excited for school like he never was before! I’m so proud of my son and all the Birchtree staff.

The Birchtree Center’s Outreach BCBA program has been life-changing for our family. Birchtree’s Outreach Behavior Analyst works closely with our daughter’s school team to problem solve and develop strategies to address any behaviors that arise and build a school program that ensures she is included, safe, and successful. In the home, the Outreach Behavior Analyst meets with us to promote continuity between home and school as well as setting up programs that promote independence with activities of daily living and time out in the community. The entire staff at Birchtree is supportive, informative, and passionate about making a difference for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families. From allowing our daughter to use Birchtree facilities to providing support and education through the parent Q&A Sessions, we are forever grateful for their expertise.

Parent & StudentMy son isn’t different. He learns differently—and Birchtree’s autism experts understand that. When my son started at Birchtree seven years ago, he would scream 400-500 times per day and had 300-400 other daily behaviors that interfered with his learning.Today, my son’s interfering behaviors are at near-zero levels. I see my son doing math, science projects, group learning, and trips in the community with his classmates. I see success.

Our daughter has thrived with the tremendous support and dedication of Birchtree’s highly qualified professionals.  She is more “available” for learning, and both her physical and emotional health have been positively impacted.  Our daughter is truly part of a school community that embraces her while providing comprehensive, meaningful learning.

When our son was diagnosed with ASD, I felt totally overwhelmed . . .  It was a huge relief to have Birchtree’s autism experts help us design and establish a high-quality educational and therapeutic program for him in our own home.  Now we have a team of people who care about our son and our family, all helping our son to learn and flourish.

When our son first started at The Birchtree Center, he had many challenges including aggressive behavior, very little communication, and an inability to stay focused and on task.   Since then, we have seen our little boy grow into a young man.  Thanks in great part to the warm and caring staff at Birchtree, our son no longer engages in aggressive behavior and is a pleasure to take out in the community.  Our family used to go in two different directions, but now we truly are a family and are able do almost everything together as a family.

StudentMy biggest joy so far has to be the morning I was getting my son ready for school and I heard the three most amazing words any mother ever hears!   I was tying his shoes and said “I love you,” and he turned to me and said “I wuv you.”  . . . I have waited five years to hear those words from him!  . . .I owe that moment to The Birchtree Center and its incredible staff.  The compassion and dedicated hard work that each member of my son’s team exudes every day is what has opened the windows to finding our son’s strengths. . . . At the beginning of our journey with our son, we felt so helpless.  Being part of The Birchtree Center has given us hope for a better future for and with my son.

Thank you, thank you! You have given my son and family a life!

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