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Teens with special needs experience their community through Adventure

St. David's Center clients with special needs dressed up, rode in a limo and danced the night away in a full-fledged prom experience May 2. The group of teens participate our therapeutic recreation program Adventure, which is now accepting applications for its full-day summer programming. Summer Adventure runs weekdays June 15-Aug. 21 in the Brooklyn Park, Minneapolis and St. Louis Park communities and is open to youth with special needs ages 11 and up. Like the overnight prom experience, summer programming includes "adventures" to various community destinations, such as Vertical Endeavors rock climbing, waterparks, Valley Fair, canoeing at Wilderness Inquiry and more.

Autism Day Treatment program recognized for excellent internship opportunities

Each year, the Autism Day Treatment program at St. David's Center provides internships to graduate-level students, giving them the opportunity to work in our innovative program and gain field experience. This year, the Adler Graduate School named St. David's Center the recipient of its Internship Partners in Excellence Award for our collaboration with their Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. St. David's Center is committed to ongoing learning, professional development, service innovation and community education to remain a leader in best practices, and our Building Our Children's Future renovation will create a state-of-the-art center for training as well as for early education, early intervention and treatment.

How a speech therapist can help your child with more than just pronouncing the "s" sound

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, but how do you know if a child can benefit from speech therapy? In a podcast, St. David's Center speech therapist Katie Adler talked to Mom Enough about when stuttering is normal for preschoolers, and when parents should worry. Check out her tip sheet as well as this list of other skills that St. David's Center's speech therapists can help with—we bet you didn't know about some (or all) of them!

Media covers St. David's Center renovation

Our Groundbreaking Celebration took place the morning of April 30, 2015 to mark the start of the final phase of renovation and expansion of our Minnetonka Center, and KSTP 5 covered the event to tell St. David's Center's story. Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton was in attendance and took photos alongside some of our preschool students with hardhats and shovels after making his remarks. State bond funding along with funding from generous individuals, corporations & foundations have currently helped us reach 95 percent of our fundraising goal for the project. Watch the story, and read how the Governor's Office used the coverage in one their own bulletins.

Magazine picks St. David's Center as one of lake area's best

The editor of Lake Minnetonka Magazine picked St. David's Center as the lake area's Best Nonprofit for Kids and Families. The honor was announced Thursday, Feb. 5 at the magazine's annual Best Of Lake Minnetonka event and is published in its Best Of 2015 issue. 2015 marks the fourth consecutive year St. David's Center has received a Best Of award.  

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