About SOI

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Founded in 2001, the School of Imagination and Happy Talkers in Dublin, Calif. has served thousands of families throughout Northern California with road maps to success, from evaluation to diagnosis and implementation. The organization is committed to bringing out the extraordinary in every child by providing groundbreaking, collaborative and individualized educational, therapeutic and family support services. In addition to cutting‐edge early intervention services, the program provides a full inclusion preschool. This model empowers special needs children to learn alongside their typical peers, giving them the greatest chance to become mainstreamed.

Story of School of Imagination

2001: Charlene Sigman, a Speech Pathologist and Educator, transforms her rented Pleasanton home into a childcare for all children – including those with autism and developmental delays. Happy Talkers is born.

2003: As word got out about the high quality and inclusive education being offered, 120 children were filling her home each week. With her family of four moved into the master bedroom, all other rooms were used to serve the children.  VIDEO

20042011: The quest for a permanent home begins. While shuttling between borrowed space in churches, office buildings and preschools, Charlene and her husband Mitch begin working with community and corporate leaders to create a state-of-the-art facility which meets the needs of all children. VIDEO

2008: The City of Dublin Mayor, Janet Lockhart, and the Sigmans began working with Albert Seeno III and his team from Discovery Homes. Together, they custom designed and built a school to meet the needs of all School of Imagination and Happy Talkers children. VIDEO

2011: Grand Opening of the state-of-the-art campus located in beautiful Schaefer Ranch, Dublin, CA. VIDEO


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