My name is Diana H. my son Luke was a patient of Jacki for the past month. Luke was born with lip, tongue, and cheek ties. After being dismissed by numerous doctors and told there was nothing wrong with his mouth, he was brought to CHOP to see a gastro specialist and an allergist. We exhausted all options and no one had an answer as to why he was vomiting 3-4 times a day for months at a time. At ten months of age, we found an occupational therapist that found his ties and appointed us to a surgeon and it was corrected. From there, Luke had limited movement of all the muscles in his mouth and at almost a year old could not even handle a thick puree. After being told by our previous therapist to take Luke off all food/purees, my husband and I decided that wasn't the direction we believed would benefit him. That is when we came across Speech Tree and found Jacki.
Jacki changed our son's life. She took a child that couldn't swallow anything more than a thin puree and guided us into having him eat waffles, pancakes, pastina, ground beef, eggs, toast with peanut butter, etc. I came to her feeling defeated and discouraged that my son would never be able to have a full functioning mouth. She took all of my doubts and never had anything other than positivity and encouragement. She always said that we would get him there and it was the first time I felt like someone was working with me as a parent and not dismissing my concerns. My son Luke, who is very attached to me, took to Jacki at the very first session. He would go in and smile and try to show off to her each visit. She made him feel safe and comfortable.
Jacki is a phenomenal feeding therapist and I still can't believe the change in my child in just a month's time. Our family is so grateful to her!
"The Speech Tree is a phenomenal, warm place with amazing Staff! My son has been going here for 3 years, working with Lauren. Firstly, she's a true professional, very knowledgeable and also a sweet, kind, and patient person. My son simply cannot wait to see her every week. Secondly, We've seen a tremendous, measurable improvement in his speech and language development. Going from just labeling to speaking in full sentences! I highly recommend Speech Tree. "
"Amazing is the only word I can use to describe our experience at speech tree. My son sees Harla and she is the best! She has transformed my son so much in the few weeks we have been there. I cannot wait to continue to see where he will be in the future. The entire staff is so warm and welcoming and I could not be happier. "
"My daughter has been working with Harla two times a week for about a month for speech and eating therapy. From the moment we met Harla we knew she was amazing! Our daughters progress has been remarkable and my husband and I will be forever grateful to her. We feel blessed that Harla has come into our lives and look forward to each session simply because we know as parents we made the right decision when we walked into The Speech Tree and was greeted by that sweet smile on Harla's face."
" I met Harla 4 years ago when she evaluated my older son regarding a concern about stuttering. She left a wonderful impression on my husband and I. So when my younger son, Christian turned 18 months and was still not talking I knew exactly where to go....The Speech Tree!
Harla has worked with Christian for a year now and the progress he has made is astounding! Her vast knowledge of child developement and genuine care for my son helped me better understand his delays and the therapy needed to help him reach his milestones. Christian has caught up in so many areas and continues to amaze me with the progress he makes each week. Christian loves his "playdates" with Harla. He is always so happy to see her. The warm and inviting atmosphere will make any child feel right at home. Harla has a wealth of information to help parents transition her strategies into everyday life at home. It has allowed me to easily practice with my son without adding stress to an already busy schedule. Her unique blend of strategies and services are always tailored to fit Christian's needs. Harla is an absolute gift to my family and we will be forever grateful."
"Michelle and Harla are like my second family. Michelle and Harla go above and beyond to help teach you how to help your child as well as have their own techniques to get them to speak clearly or eat foods that are impossible to get near them at home. It's truly amazing how the kids go in and are excited to work. Lorraine helps makes dealing with insurance easier. The Speech Tree is a blessing to us. I don't know where I would have been without those girls."
"About a year ago, when our daughter was 5 1/2, we contacted Harla Rudolph at "The Speech Tree" for feeding therapy, because our daughter was not eating very well. She had many issues with texture, in addition, she would refuse to try any new foods. Everything she ate had to be of a soft consistency. Harla has completely changed all that! She has been incredible with our daughter and has created a feeding program that works best for her! I look back to a year ago and cannot believe how far she has come! Now we can go to a party or restaurant and not have to worry about bringing special meals for our daughter any longer! She gets very excited to sit with her friends at a party and eat whatever is being served. Our daughter is a completely different child now and meal time is no longer a struggle. We are truly grateful for everything Harla has accomplished with her, especially how she has educated my husband and I, and given us the tools we needed to help our daughter alleviate any future food issues. We highly recommend Harla Rudolph at The Speech Tree. She has changed our lives!"