The Childhood Language Center has received a $1,500 grant from Small Steps in Speech, a national foundation created in memory of Staff Sgt. Mark Small. Foundation director Amanda Charney established the memorial foundation for Sgt. Small, her fiancé who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2009. The mission of Small Steps in Speech Foundation is to assist children who have speech and language disorders, through providing grants and donations to service providers and qualifying charitable organizations.

The Childhood Language Center is a nonprofit that provides free speech and language therapy to children with a variety of disorders, including speech and language delays, autism, Asperger’s, hearing impairment, and Down Syndrome. “All the services offered by the Childhood Language Center are absolutely free to the families who come to us for help,” said Executive Director Holly Martin. “The support of organizations like Small Steps in Speech is critical to our mission to provide high quality therapy regardless of the family’s ability to pay.”

The Small Steps in Speech grant is designated specifically to help a West Virginia child with autism receive needed therapy through the CLC.