Minot Center for Pediatric Therapy celebrates 5 years, new developments

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MINOT, N.D. Parents of children with disabilities face many challenges but Minot's Center for Pediatric Therapy works with parents to help their children live their best lives.

Calvin is one of many children growing with the Minot Center for Pediatric Therapy.

"When we came here we were struggling. Mom was frustrated because we weren't, at 13 months, we weren't doing what we should be and we are," said Alisha Dimit, Minot Center for Pediatric Therapy Parent.

Since the center opened five years ago, it has impacted families throughout the community.

"The environment is so calming and relaxing which is huge when you're dealing with a child with special needs to come into a place and feel at home we knew right away is this where we wanted to come," said Aleah Breckenridge, Minot Center for Pediatric Therapy Parent.

Parents aren't the only ones who consider the center home.

"I knew right away this is where I wanted to be and just seeing when kids have that ahh moment or when we come out and we tell parents they did this or they said that and seeing the joy on everyone's face it just makes everything worth it," said Mackenzie Magel, Center for Pediatric Therapy speech pathologist.

The staff fill a great need in the community by helping children who are on the autism spectrum to those with down syndrome.

"Every year that we've been open we've grown with more kids coming and in Minot the community is really growing with different types of activities for families of kids with special needs so there's just outgrowing support from everyone," said Kylee Geer, Center for Pediatric Therapy Founder.

And now it will be able to help even more children.

"When we move to a bigger facility we'll be able to help more families and it'll just be able to help the community more as a whole," said Magel.

Giving children, like Calvin, a bigger and newer home for therapy.

The new location opens Oct. 30 at 2201 36th avenue southwest.