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Enhancing quality of life…
  with therapy for children and adults

DSSC's charter is to provide the highest quality speech, occupational therapies, physical therapies and psychological services for individuals from infancy through adulthood.

About Us

Dearborn Speech and Sensory Center, Inc., (DSSC) was established in 2001 by Certified Speech Language Pathologist Lori Shaffer. Since its founding, DSSC has experienced steady growth by providing physical therapy, occupational therapy and psychological/social work services in addition to speech therapy.

In 2002, Shaffer partnered with Lani Jakovac, an occupational therapist, to develop a summer group therapy program for 55 children who needed speech therapy and sensory integration therapy. "Team Speech and Sensory Summer Camp" has been an outstanding success and continues to be offered each year through two summer sessions.

In 2003, we celebrated the opening of our current facility located at 23936 Michigan Avenue in Dearborn, Michigan. The facility houses a 1,400 sq. ft. sensory gymnasium, speech therapy rooms and a room for handwriting.

Soon after the opening of our Center, DSSC quickly expanded to provide therapists and therapy services to several schools systems within Michigan. Because of the rapidly growing demand for therapists, Shaffer launched Therapy Solutions Unlimited (TSU) in 2005, to help recruit and place therapists. Today, DSSC has approximately 100 therapists offering private therapy sessions and servicing home health agencies, public schools and public school academies throughout Michigan and Ohio.

Since DSSC's inception, our charter is to provide the highest quality speech, occupational therapies, physical therapies and psychological services for individuals from infancy through adulthood. Our team of therapists assists clients in areas of speech, handwriting, central nervous system alignment (sensory integration therapy), feeding, fine and gross motor coordination, and social skills. Our professionals also provide tutoring services and anger management group therapy. Programs offered at DSSC include Handwriting without Tears; Interactive Metronome, a computer-based program to improve motor control and cognition; Fast ForWord, a computer-based speech language therapy program; and Brain Gym.

Individuals with developmental delay, apraxia of speech, autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are just a few of the clients who benefit from our therapy services.