February 2017
Featured Blog Post

Understanding Speech Development Milestones in Babies

As parents, we hear a lot about early milestones from so many sources - our pediatrician, grandparents, friends, blogs, books, and even friendly strangers in the grocery store. Most of us are familiar with the big ones like sitting up, walking, taking that first bite of solid food, or first words, but sometimes we forget that in order to meet those big milestones, our kids need to meet several little milestones first.  Read this month's featured blog post about a few of the early communication milestones that lay the groundwork for those precious first words:

Pajama Week at Kid's Creek!

February 20-24 is Pajama Week at Kid's Creek!

Kids and therapists alike are encouraged to come in pajamas (but be sure to come awake!)
Coming Soon: 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: Cleft Palate Intensive Sessions

id's Creek Therapy is happy to offer our Cleft Palate Intensive Program, using evidence-based techniques to teach children with cleft palate and/or velopharyngeal dysfunction the correct way to say speech sounds. This program benefits children with repaired and unrepaired clefts, submucous clefts, and palate weakness related to nerve damage. Within group settings, it will give children a chance to interact with peers with similar craniofacial anomalies. Goals of the program include: 
  1. Familiarize children with the feeling of making pressure consonants
  2. Teach children to use nasal occlusion independently (if necessary) 
  3. Set up individualized home program with families to continue use of therapy in home environments
Cleft Palate Intensive Programs are available in either individual or group format for children of a variety of ages and stages of cleft palate repair. Contact us at 770-888-5221 or speak with the front desk to learn more.
We Appreciate All of Our Birthday Party Sponsors!

Kid's Creek's 13th birthday party last weekend was a huge success! Be on the lookout next week for a blog post about this wonderful event. 

When you are out and about in our community, please thank the following businesses for their support and generous contributions:

Advance Auto Parts
Home Depot
Jimmy Johns
Marco's Pizza
Quik Trip
Seven Sisters Scones

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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