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Giving Back: A Cheerful Helpers Event

  (Cheerful Helpers Alumni Association Presents: A Read-a-Long / Sing-A-Long!) I know I talk about Cheerful Helpers Child & Family Study Center, A LOT. Perhaps it’s because we are still super involved with the school even though Arizona graduated 4 years ago. Maybe it’s because I still feel so supported by the community, and that […]

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Cheerful Helpers Child & Family Study Center: An Alumni Tribute

(A visit to Cheerful Helpers Child & Study Center post-graduation) Every November, a group of alumni parents (and some older adult students who graduated years ago) come together for an “Alumni Night” with the current student families and staff. Alumni families have an opportunity to speak about their experiences at Cheerful Helpers and beyond; giving […]

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Jack & Arizona

(Arizona and her friend Jack) Jack and Arizona have been in school together since they were 2. They met at Step by Step, moved on to Echo Horizon in the Pre-K program and when that didn’t prove to be a good fit for either of them, both ended up attending and graduating from Cheerful Helpers. […]

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Being Flexible

(Like daughter, like mother) One of Arizona’s biggest challenges in life has been her inability to be flexible when plans change or she doesn’t get to do her own idea. She practices “being flexible” in her social skills group and worked on it daily when she was a student at Cheerful Helpers. What I recently […]

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An Alumni Event : Cheerful Helpers

(Interactive reading with the kiddos!) When Arizona graduated from Cheerful Helpers Child & Family Study Center in 2012, I was anxious about stepping back into the scary world without my special needs tribe around me. I was accustomed to weekly parent groups, family therapy sessions and connecting with the teachers and other families multiple times […]

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Cheerful Helpers Alumni Association : Game Night

(Cookie decorating fun!) When Arizona graduated from Cheerful Helpers 2 years ago, I felt like I was losing a limb. The community of staff, teachers and families carried me through some tumultuous years and not only changed my child’s life but mine as well. I always knew I would stay connected to the school because […]

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