Laurens Institute for Education

Improving quality of life for people affected by developmental disabilities through specialized, caring and affordable services.

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Lauren's Institute for Education (L.I.F.E.) is a special place for developmentally disabled children. We offer a variety of therapies and educational opportunities that nurture each individual child's overall growth to improve their quality of life and the lives of their family members.


Lauren is the daughter of Carrie Reed, Co-Founder and President of L.I.F.E. She was diagnosed with a rare disorder called Sanfilippo Syndrome in July 2004. Although Lauren is only a child, she has been through several tests, surgeries and even a cord blood stem cell transplant donated from her brother's umbilical cord blood, which had been preserved at birth. Lauren remains an active and entertaining child that loves to sing, play with her dollies and do everything her mom does! Learn more about her …


Our philosophy of care addresses the whole child, not just traditional areas of need. Through our eclectic approach we believe that the child's emotional well being, both social/emotional awareness and self expression, is as equally important to a child's growth as is cognitive and physical functioning.

The staff recognizes and celebrates the unique characteristics of each child. Using evidence based practices, L.I.F.E. strives to provide highly effective techniques which generalize outside of the therapeutic environment and ultimately contribute to an individual child's life quality.


Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Lauren's Institute for Education (L.I.F.E.) must make a reasonable accommodation to allow a person with a disability to take part in a program, service, or activity. For example, this means that if necessary, L.I.F.E. must provide sign language interpreters for people who are deaf, a wheelchair accessible location, or enlarged print materials. It also means that L.I.F.E. will take any other reasonable action that allows you to take part in and understand a program or activity, including making reasonable changes to an activity. If you believe that you will not be able to understand or take part in a program or activity because of your disability, please let us know of your disability needs in advance if at all possible.

Address: 1305 South Gilbert Road
Gilbert, AZ 85296
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AZ State Tax Credit Info: Private School Tax Credit
Alliance Member?: No
Service Areas: Pinal, Maricopa

Hi everyone,

Almost a year ago exactly I remember writing an email to Danielle about how we had a tough time with Sophie at our annual staycation in Tucson. She didn't want to do anything besides stay in the hotel room and flip through magazines. I am happy to report this past weekend we went again and it was just awesome. She was so flexible in her schedule and swam, played in the splash pad in her walker, and actually really engaged with our friends a lot. I was just so proud of her.

I wanted to send this to tell you all how much all the work you do with her really does positively impact our lives. I can tell her language and comprehension has exponentially improved which helps us talk through things with her. She was so much more willing to kind of go with the flow and seemed to have more strength/energy to last the whole day. She asked a few people unprompted what their names were and said hi. She even noticed other kids playing with plastic cups in the splash pad, so she walked over to me asked to get one too. I know these may sound like little things, but CJ and I both kept talking about how far she has come.

I also feel like I have some tools now to better help her navigate these experiences and make them something fun for her instead of something to be anxious about.

So, just wanted to say thank you so much for everything you do and for believing in our little girl! I also know I forgot to add some to this email that have helped us a lot along the way, so please feel free to share it.

Warmest Regards,
Shannon Corbet