- January 14, 2017
Cindy Young, founder and CEO knew from an early age that she wanted to help children with special needs. As a young child she was drawn to interact, befriend and seek to know children who would appear or act differently from other children. Her passion to help others became a reality when she graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Master of Science degree in education, achieved her Certificate of Clinical Competence and became a Speech Language Pathologist.
Even though she lived in Arkansas where she obtained her degree, Cindy actually began her professional career in 1986 in Midland Texas, where she specialized in a birth to 3 intervention program where she developed her skills and produced some of the very same therapy innovations and techniques used by other therapists to this day. Even back then her peers and the children's parents knew God had given Cindy a special gift.
Being an Arkansas girl at heart, Cindy decided to move back to Little Rock, Arkansas in 1988 and began working at Arkansas Easter Seals and then in private practice. During this time she also traveled to Chicago to obtain her NDT (Neuro-Developmental Treatment) certificate. When she returned, she worked with several hospitals in the Central Arkansas area to improve the healing atmosphere of their neonatal critical care units, who use the techniques she taught as a standard of practice today.
In 1994 she was approached by a husband and wife speech team who wanted her to go into business and open a clinic. She knew this was the direction she wanted to go, but told them she promised another friend that if she ever went into business on her own, she would invite her friend to join her and that’s what she did. Together, they co-founded what today is known today as, The Access Group, Inc. and Access Schools located here in Little Rock, Arkansas. Over the years she even found time to co-write a book used in classrooms across the country called, Tools for Literacy and Communication published in 1994, which is still used by instructors and parents today.
Then, in 2011 after years of creating curriculum, developing programs, such as "Foundations" for special needs children and serving at the helm and as COO of Access Schools for over 16 years, God as He likes to do when He gives someone a special gift, opened another door for Cindy and she founded All Children’s Academy and Therapy Inc., a non-profit Christian based therapy clinic with intensive classroom instruction.
Today, Cindy heads up an entirely new innovative program known as "Therapeutically Enhanced Education"® that involves a holistic approach to education and therapy that focuses on God, children, education, the family and home environment. This approach has proven to enable children to attain potentials beyond their present abilities. You will also find her in the clinic/classroom teaching both student and therapist. Cindy specializes in oral motor dysfunction and feeding disorders with amazing results for the child and family. She also specializes in early childhood Apraxia, Autism Spectrum Disorder, literacy and writing curriculum. She is certified in the DuBard Association Method and recently completed Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes®.
Cindy is alumna and member of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Greater Little Rock Class XX. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Arkansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association, The International Dyslexia Association and The Learning Disabilities Association. Cindy is a frequent guest speaker and served as a presenter at the state conferences (Arkansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Special Show), at a National Reading Panel conference and at The Division for Early Childhood Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special needs and Their Families. She is a co-founder of Apraxia Kids of Arkansas, Inc. and was a recent keynote speaker at the 13th Annual DuBard Symposium, Dyslexia and Related Disorders.
Cindy is alumna and member of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Greater Little Rock Class XX. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Arkansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association, The International Dyslexia Association and The Learning Disabilities Association. Cindy is a frequent guest speaker and served as a presenter at the state conferences (Arkansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Special Show), at a National Reading Panel conference and at The Division for Early Childhood Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special needs and Their Families. Cindy was recently a keynote speaker at the 13th Annual DuBard Symposium, Dyslexia and Related Disorders.
Cindy's Speaking Engagements
- Presenter: Advancing Knowledge, Enhancing Opportunities, International Division of Early Childhood Conference (2006)
- Keynote speaker: Tools for Literacy and Communication, 13th Annual DuBard Symposium, Dyslexia and Related Disorders (2009)
- Presenter: Language Is the Key to Academic Success, ArkSHA 2009 Convention, Caring for Communication
- Presenter: Organization: Getting Ready to Learn, Arkansas Council for Exceptional Children 2009 Annual Conference, Embracing Student Success (2009)
- Presenter: Expand Educational Outcomes: Using Multi-sensory Tools Combined With Technology, Arkansas Education Alliance Annual Conference (2010)
- Presenter: Getting Organized, Learning Disabilities Association of Arkansas Annual Conference 2010.
- Presenter: How Language and Literacy impact Academics. Professional development training, Little Rock Christian Academy, 2011.
- Presenter: Sensory Based Feeding Disorders, ARKSHA State Meeting 2011 Annual Conference.
- Presenter: ARKSHA featured speaker 2012.
- Presenter: ARKSHA featured speaker 2013.
- Presenter: ARKSHA featured speaker 2014.
- Presenter: ARKSHA featured speaker 2015
- Awarded the United States of America Trademark, March 13, 2015 for "Therapeutically Enhanced Education," a proven specialized educational program and training for children with specific learning disabilities, utilizing Holistic models and methods that she has developed over the last 28 years.