Our Impact on the Community

Emerge’s impact in our region continues to grow each year. As of July 1, 2019, The Emerge Center has served more than 1,100 clients and provided more than 35,000 hours of therapy. The Emerge School completed its first year as a charter, with six of our twenty kindergarten students successfully transitioning to less restrictive educational environments.

We invite you to read our 2019 Mid-Year Impact Report highlighting what we’ve accomplished in the past six months thanks to the support of our donors.

View Our 2019 Mid-Year Impact Report

At Emerge, we provide hope to families each and every day through professional diagnoses, treatment, and therapy. Serving nearly 1,000 children every year, we are by far the largest therapy provider in our area. Our team of therapists works together and with parents to tailor treatment plans for each child. The breadth of our services is unrivaled and our collaborative approach is without equal.

The video below offers first-hand testimonials from just a few of the families we have had the pleasure of serving.

The generosity of our donors helps us continue to spark every client’s potential to emerge. The client testimonials below provide an overview of the compelling impact of our services.


Brody – The Bloom Program

Our son’s journey with autism began in 2015 when he was 2 years old. His mother and I noticed he was different – sensitive to touch and sound, usually alone and not participating with other children. We sought medical help and were given the news that Brody was on the autism spectrum. Two years later, we heard of a program at The Emerge Center that would allow our son to go to school as well as still receive his autism therapy.

Brody made incredible progress at Emerge. He went from being non-verbal to a social butterfly. Seeing your child interact with friends, eat new foods, and make consistent progress…these are things most parents typically take for granted. He is even reading and doing simple math at the age of four. Brody left Emerge being academically fit and ready to begin Kindergarten.

Emerge transforms the lives of children with autism. They open them up and teach them life skills that will enhance their futures.  Their services provide hope and reassured our family that Brody, too, can dream big and change the world!


Rosie – Bloom and Kindergarten

It wasn’t too long ago that our daughter Rosie wouldn’t look at people in the eye, play with other children, or want to read and write. She wouldn’t eat anything besides chips and Pediasure, and never really smiled or laughed a lot.

Now, she’s quite the opposite. Rosie continues to grow and develop into such a happy, well-functioning child who is enthusiastic about learning. The team at Emerge helped find the spark in Rosie that I always knew was there. Her love for life, learning, and spending time with others is so exciting to see!

The patience and love that the Emerge team has for the children they see is extraordinary. I never have to worry about Rosie when she is at Emerge. I know that not only will she receive the best therapy, but she will also be spending time with a team that has her best interest at heart. They have helped Rosie find her light, and have given her the encouragement she needs to learn and grow with a smile on her face.


Lizzy – Pediatric Behavioral Health

Lizzy has been attending Emerge since she was five years old. She is now twelve. Over the years she has received speech, occupational, behavioral, and social-group therapy, and we are beyond pleased with the results. Emerge has helped her start and carry on conversations with other children, understand her homework, and practice riding a bike.

Lizzy was diagnosed as having a form of autism when she was two. Her father and I had noticed that from a young age, she always preferred to play alone. She would have trouble making eye contact with others and she hated loud noises. Beginning in preschool, she would memorize and then recite, from start to finish, a favorite book, song, or video. She still uses this echolalia as a source of comfort, but once her therapists realize what she is scripting, they often incorporate it in conversations with her.

For as much as the Emerge team has helped Lizzy in the past seven years, they have also helped us, her parents. Whenever we need advice, such as when Lizzy exhibits a new behavior, they are always available via e-mail or an in-person meeting. As Lizzy approaches her teenage years, with adolescence’s new set of challenges, her therapists continue to be there for us, providing the help and support we need.


Kathy – Audiology

Emerge knew exactly what kind of hearing aids would work best with my lifestyle. They asked me about what I wanted the aids to do for me, and they used their experience to assess and fit me in the best ones for me. In my line of work I am on the phone for several hours everyday and communication is very important. They fit me with hearing aids that have Bluetooth capabilities to connect with my phone. Everyone is not the same, and that is why being fit at The Emerge Center is far better than buying a pair of generic hearing aids.