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janetreadsJanet Ringle-Bartels, SLP-CCC, started Children's Therapy Corner in 1997 on a corner in downtown Midland, Mich., after working as a Speech and Language Pathologist in a traumatic brain injury clinic for many years. Knowing that kids learn best when they feel safe and loved, she started in an environment that was an actual home converted into a small therapeutic center.

Janet's goal for Children's Therapy Corner was (and still is) to specialize in treating children. We don't serve both children and adults for a very special reason; children are not short adults. As a therapeutic team we believe that we must focus all our energy and therapeutic expertise on the developmental needs of children.

Children's Therapy Corner quickly outgrew the little white house, and plans were started for a larger "home." Janet always keeps her focus on the children, so at the groundbreaking for the new, 8,000-square-foot facility on a wooded acre, the kids donned plastic hard hats and sand shovels to help with the expansion of their "corner" of the world. Being a part of the process from start to finish helped the children with the transition from one place to the other.

The new building opened its doors in 2002 at 1525 Ridgewood Drive in Midland. It was built to feel like home and still offer the space for kids to grow. Janet's vision doesn't stop there, however. In 2003, Children's Therapy Corner expanded into Traverse City, where a new facility is being designed today, and plans are to expand to the Lansing area very soon.

As Janet says, "Oh, the Places We'll Go!"

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  • Treat Others with Uncompromising Truth
  • Lavish Trust on Your Associates
  • Mentor Unselfishly
  • Be Receptive to New Ideas, Regardless of Their Origin
  • Take Personal Risks for the Organization
  • Give Credit Where It’s Due
  • Do Not Touch Dishonest Dollars
  • Put the Interests of Others Before Your Own

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Director's Corner

JanetPortraitTo ‘see’ things differently.
To take risks.
To believe when all others question and doubt.
To dream and expect the unexpected.
Do you all realize that you are heroes?

One of the greatest benefits of being at Children’s Therapy Corner is being part of your lives and having the opportunity to talk to you, the families. You encourage us to go beyond, to search for new and different answers, new methods to help your children. To think out of the box!

As therapists, we may be the ones who spent some specialized time in universities to help your children, but you are the professionals who live the daily life and know what we can only assume. It is in partnership that we gain so much more TOGETHER.

We anticipate that this partnership will enhance your child’s development. To FOCUS on a dream, PLAN the route (with detours expected), and REACH a destiny together with support and awareness of the community in which you live. It may be a challenging dream, but with a vision and determination based on a great cause: Oh, the Places We’ll Go!

— by Janet Ringle-Bartels,
 CTC Owner/Executive Director