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
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.
Our First Program
Comprehensive Therapy Center began as a supplemental speech and language program for children in 1980. While working as a speech pathologist in public schools, founder Jean Silbar noticed that every fall, children with special needs were re-learning skills that they had achieved in the spring but lost over the summer. She implemented a summer therapy program that addressed speech-language therapy. Soon, occupational and sensory therapies were added as well.
Comprehensive Therapy Center incorporated in 1982 and gained 501(c) 3 nonprofit status in 1987. In 2006, the agency received CARF accreditation for clinical excellence, which is still maintained.
The program, Therapy and Fun, has since won many awards for its innovative approach to serving West Michigan children with developmental delays and disabilities. We’re also widely recognized for the youth volunteer program, clinical fellowships, and graduate internships that are now a part of Therapy and Fun, which train the next generation of health care providers.
In the 1980s the state-run mental health institutions were closing. People with severe developmental disabilities were sent to community agencies like Hope Network and Pine Rest. These organizations provided Comprehensive Therapy Center’s first adult services, and our first community contract work.
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.
We serve between 350 and 450 people every month with a staff of over 30 clinicians professionals.
Services today include speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, dance/movement therapy, tutoring, social work, educational psychology, community-based programs, and more. Please look at the services menu for more information.
If you have any questions, please reach out. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (616) 559-1054.