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Sydney's Story

Three-year-old Sydney Morris has Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Her parents noticed that she was not meeting her developmental milestones in her first year. She was not making eye contact, was nonverbal and seemed detached. She did not want to interact with other children and acted as though they did not exist.


Sydney began therapy at Callier in the Preverbal Communications Program, where she focused on social interaction, pretend play and functioning within a group. When her language began to develop, she transitioned into the Early CLASS, where she works on eye contact, conversation, pronouns and pretend play with a deep communications focus. Her parents say that as a result of Callier's autism preschool programs, Sydney has "blossomed into enthusiastically participating in all aspects of interaction and play."

"To watch my child play and interact with other kids, I can't describe really how much that's meant. I think that is a direct result of her experiences at the Callier Center." — Susan Morris, Sydney's mother


Rhoni Golden Speaks on Autism

Rhoni Golden is a certified assistive technology practitioner, former physical therapist, blogger, mother of three children, and an advocate for her son, Gray, who was diagnosed with severe autism at 19 months old and apraxia of speech at age 3.

In this video, Rhoni shares her personal journey of navigating her son's treatment and care towards the goal of a happy and fulfilling life.

"During Gray’s time in the Preverbal Communications Program and the Early CLASS preschool program, I always felt confident that I was placing my son in the hands of experts who based their recommendations and treatment plans on solid research-backed evidence." — Rhoni Golden


Purity Macharia Receives the Gift of Hearing

Imagine trying to hear a conversation through heavy-industrial earmuffs — the kind used for jack-hammering or hunting.

The noise may reach your ears, but understanding speech is nearly impossible.

For one young girl, this kind of muffled and unintelligible noise was her reality. Born with a medical condition called congenital aural atresia with microtia, Purity Macharia, 5, has malformed outer ears. The opening to the ear canal — the tunnel which allows sound to travel to the middle and inner ear — is completely closed. Her inner ear is perfectly healthy and capable of receiving sound. Read More and Watch the video

Purity Macharia
“[The Callier Center] has been there for us since the first day. She was little and we came here and they tested her and, since then, they’ve been there for us, helping us with the resources. It’s a lot of stress — a load taken off.” — Mary Mwaura, Purity's mother

Terry Price Shares His Battle with Tinnitus

Terry Price, Director of Music at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas and Callier grateful patient, shares his battle with tinnitus.

Terry's tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, began after a recording session at Abbey Road Studios in London where he conducted members of the London Philharmonic in 1983. The sound never went away, but fortunately, it was only a minor annoyance, until a few years ago when the sound became unbearably loud, and music began to distort.

Price visited different doctors, received MRIs and brain scans, tried meditation and acupuncture, but his tinnitus just got louder. When he was referred to the Callier Center, he received treatment that changed his life.

"In my opinion, you could go all around the world and not find better care or treatment options than those offered at the Callier Center." Terry Price


Breaking Through

Andy Cobb's parents didn't know he was deaf until he was 2.

The diagnosis of hearing loss led to the Callier Center where a technological breakthrough made a difference in how his life and his family's unfolded. Researchers in schools and centers across the University collaborate on defeating barriers to communication––from tinnitus in military veterans to language deficits in small children to
apraxia of speech in stroke victims. Read More

Breaking Through

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