April 2017
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Are Meltdowns a Sensory Issue or Acting Out, and What Should I Do About It?

Last weekend, I stopped at my local grocery store to buy some needed items for dinner. As I was checking out, I noticed a boy crying in a grocery cart. He appeared quite upset as he screamed and hit the cart with his hands. As I finished my shopping and headed home, I thought about a question I hear frequently - was it simply his behavior or did he have a sensory issue?  In order to answer this boy's situation (and others like them), let's start with a basic question:

What is behavior?

Behavior is anything that we do that involves an action and is made in response to something in our environment. Everything we do is behavior. Behavior can be innate (i.e., behaviors we are born with that are linked to survival) or learned through repetition, observation and reasoning skills.

Big Things Are Happening in April!

Autism Awareness Month

The month of April is National Autism Awareness Month! Autism Spectrum Disorder now affects one in every 68 children in the US, and activities this month promote autism awareness, inclusion and self-determination for all.

We invite all of our autism families to tell us your story or something you love about your child on our Facebook page using the hashtag #KidsCreekAutism or email them to frontdesk@kidscreektherapy.com.

Occupational Therapy Month

Our occupational therapists work with children to help them participate in their unique occupations (school related activities, activities of daily living, and importantly, play!) An occupational therapist understands how social-emotional, physical, cognitive, communication, and adaptive behavior difficulties make it difficult for children to participate fully in everyday life activities. Some skill areas that pediatric occupational therapists address include play, fine motor, handwriting, self-help, sensory processing, and visual-motor skills.Take a few minutes to "meet" all of our occupational therapists.

Show your OT some love this month! Share what you love about your child's OT on our Facebook page using the hashtag #KidsCreekOT or email frontdesk@kidscreektherapy.com.
Kid's Creek Connections DANCE Party!

Your teen (14 and up) is invited to come learn how to interact with others at a school or social dance! They will learn dance moves to popular old and new songs at "Prep Nights" and we'll host a dance for them on the Kid's Creek Dance Floor!

Prep Nights will be held from 6:30-7:30 pm at Kid's Creek on Tuesday, April 11, Thursday, April 20, and Wednesday, April 26. Teens can attend as many prep nights as they want to learn some fun dance moves!

Dance: Saturday, April 29, from 6:00-8:00 pm at Kid's Creek.
Cost:  $75 includes dance and any (or all!) prep nights
RSVP: frontdesk@kidscreektherapy .com or in person at the front desk

The first prep night is coming up soon - Tuesday, April 11. Don't miss out!
2017 Summer Camps

Once again, Kid's Creek will offer summer camps! Planned camps and dates are as follows:

Summer Fun at the Creek
June 5-9
This camp is sure to have your child playing, laughing, creating and longing to come back the next day. Each day offers a different theme with organized and fun activities. 

Working on H.A.R.T
June 12-16
An intensive therapy based camp focusing on the specialized needs of children with cleft palate repair. Ages 4-6 for this session. Other ages may be included in future sessions.

Food Scientist
June 12-16
Are you wondering what to serve your picky child for dinner?  Do you feel like you are always cooking them a separate meal? Join us for Food Scientist, where we explore various foods by conducting fun experiments.  Your kids will have opportunities see how far food "flies", create and eat "blood" and design "gross but edible" snacks. Ages 7-10.

Leaders in Training
June 19-23
Develop life skills and leadership skills at our unique and exciting camp! Our LITs will have the opportunity to gain real life experience by learning work skills at our neighborhood Kroger grocery store and work on developing leadership skills and life skills with our Kid's Creek therapists. Ages 14+.

PROMPT and Play
June 26-30
This is an  intensive group speech therapy camp  utilizing the PROMPT facilitation technique. This camp is appropriate for a variety of diagnoses including apraxia, dysarthria and autism spectrum. Ages 4-7.

Hogwarts School of Sensational Social Skills
July 10-14
Calling all Harry Potter fans! Join us at 9 ¾ past the hour to journey through some amazing sensory adventures! A magical camp experience focusing on sensory processing activities and social skills training. Ages 8-12.

Food Explorers (For Picky and Problem Eaters)
July 17-21
Are you up a creek about what to feed your picky eater? Find help at the Food Explorers Camp!  A fun and playful camp, we make experiencing food a positive interaction! Ages 4-6.

Visit our Summer Camps page for details on camp opportunities for 2017. 
NEW: Apraxia Intensive Sessions

Kid's Creek Therapy is pleased to offer our Apraxia Intensive Program, using evidence-based techniques in an individualized program to elicit correct speech production in children with childhood apraxia of speech.  Goals of the program include:
  1. Increase and/or refine speech sound repertoire
  2. Increase expressive vocabulary skills
  3. Increase ability to combine words
  4. Increase ability to express wants, needs, and thoughts
Our Apraxia Intensive Program is available in either one- or two-week programs. All participants will receive a home program and a treatment summary at the completion of the session. Call us at 770-888-5221 or inquire at the front desk for more information.
NEW POLICY: Waiting During Sessions
Due to new HIPAA regulations, no unauthorized persons are allowed past the door in the waiting room that leads to treatment areas. We encourage parents to observe their child's therapy sessions and are glad to accommodate your observation, but in order to do so, you will need to sign a HIPAA release form and agree to remain in one treatment area during your child's session. 

Parents will no longer be able to walk back and forth just to "peek in" on a session; you must remain either in the designated treatment area with your child or in the waiting room. Thank you for your understanding as we strive to maintain the highest standards of treatment in line with mandated privacy standards. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please ask to meet with Melanie McGriff, our owner. 
NEW POLICY: Social Media Engagement
Social media has become an integral part of our lives. We love it because it allows us to reconnect with old friends, find people who share our interests, and stay informed about topics that are important to us. The downside is that social media also offers the potential to reveal more about ourselves, our families, and our health than we ever have before. For this reason, Kid's Creek Therapy has created a simple tip sheet for parents and guardians of our patients who choose to engage, connect, communicate, or associate with any of our employees through any form of social media.

Help Spread the Word About Kid's Creek!
Over the years, many of you have referred friends and family members to Kid's Creek - THANK YOU! We are thrilled that you trust us to treat your children. Would you mind taking a few minutes to support us by leaving a review on one or more of the following sites? 

Click each link to go directly to the Kid's Creek listing!

Do you know a child who needs our help? Let their parents know that we offer  FREE CONSULTATIONS and SCREENINGS . Many people are looking for a speech, occupational, or physical therapist for their child, and want to find a place that not only produces results, but values both the child and his/her family.
To refer a friend, have them mention your name and we'll take care of the rest. Plus, you will receive a Starbucks gift card for our refer-a-friend award program! 

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