History & Mission
- Founded by Jean Silbar, a speech-language pathologist, in 1982.
- Incorporated and gained 501(c)3 status in 1987.
- Our first service was Therapy and Fun, a summer program to help children with special needs retain or grow their skills during the summer. It is still going strong.
- We started with a couple of therapists serving a handful of children. Now we have over 40 staff serving 350+ children a month.
Your Local Nonprofit Therapy Center Since 1982
Comprehensive Therapy Center provides Speech – Language Pathology, Sensory and Motor Therapies to West Michigan children and adults with special needs. Comprehensive Therapy Center, Inc. is a non-profit community-based agency.
Established in 1982, Comprehensive Therapy Center’s mission is to meet the therapeutic and educational needs of adults and children with disabilities who are at-risk or disadvantaged, through skill building, academic enhancement and social emotional support. We help adults keep or increase their independence. We help children to walk, talk, learn and play.
Comprehensive Therapy Center began as a supplemental speech and language program for children in 1980. While working as a speech pathologist in public schools, Jean Silbar noticed that every fall children with disabilities and special needs were re-learning skills that they had achieved, but lost over the summer. She implemented a summer therapy program which not only addressed speech-language therapy but as time went on, also added occupational and sensory therapies. The agency has grown to include an award-winning summer program, Therapy and Fun, therapy services to adults with disabilities, and year round special educational services for children with developmental, physical and/or genetic disorders.
Our first program, Therapy and Fun, started in 1982. Comprehensive Therapy Center incorporated and gained 501(c) 3 status in 1987. In 2006, the agency received CARF accreditation, allowing us to continue as a Medicaid service provider.
Growth and Development
In the 1980s the state run mental health institutions were closing. The developmentally disabled and the severe and profoundly mentally disabled were sent to community agencies like the Hope Network and Pine Rest. These organizations held the first contracts for Comprehensive Therapy Center. The therapy business was brisk.
Over time the agency has changed to stay in step with the special needs community. The 1990s placed most of our adult clients into managed care and unfortunately therapy contracts disappeared. However, charter schools were on the rise in Michigan and needed special education services for their students. So with able and experienced staff members, the agency began offering special education services to West Michigan schools.
Today, we still work in public and charter schools, providing top notch services to our clients. We also are steadily growing our own in-office programs and services. To learn more, check out our services!