February 2019
Featured Blog Post
It's All Fun and Games: How to Make Therapy "Homework" Fun

At the end of each session, your child's speech-language pathologist (SLP) recommends take-home activities for you to complete before your next session. You're probably thinking, "Sure, let me get right on that after I prepare multiple meals for my entire family, bathe the children, get the children ready for bed, tackle household chores, prepare for the next day, have limited 'me' time, and then hit repeat for tomorrow."

Life is busy! That's why it's so important to find functional - and fun! - ways to elicit speech and language in your home. Board games target speech, language, and social skills while also offering a fun time for family bonding. In this month's featured blog post , speech therapist Elena Freeman shares how to use some of her favorite games to make therapy homework fun.
Get to Know You: Carolyn Miller

In Get to Know You, we're asking our therapists a few questions to give our families a peek into who they are as people, not simply therapy providers. This month's Get to Know You features Occupational Therapist Carolyn Miller:

What is your favorite thing about your career?
I can wake up every day and know that I am here to help others. I could never be in a career field that was only money-driven or where the end goal was something other than the care and enhancement of other people's quality of life. This is what I was put on this earth to do, and it is a profound expression of my faith.


Have you ever had a nickname? What is it?
I have had several nicknames over the years because I frequently moved schools during my childhood. My thought was that if I established a different nickname at every school I had gone to I would be able to tell where someone is from right away should they contact me in the future. Most of my nicknames were cartoon or anime based because I am a huge geek. Haha.

Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?
I would probably want the movie of my life to be animated. I'm not very into pop-culture but I love drawing and actually saw myself as an animation director prior to being called to this field.

What three items would you take with you on a deserted island? 
A working phone, a helicopter, and a great pilot. I am a complete extrovert and would not want to be on a deserted island long.

If you had to describe yourself as an animal, which one would it be? 
I would totally be a baby panda. They are playful, loving, and have a cute sense of humor. Plus I eat a lot of vegetables. :)
Have You Heard About Our New Kids' Clubs?



Kid's Creek is now offering clubs for kids! Beginning next week we will offer a variety of age-appropriate social skills clubs for kids ages 4 and up:
  • Game Night Club for ages 12 and up
  • Two Creek Clubs for Middle and Elementary Ages
  • Saturday Creek Club for ages 4 and up
Visit the Events page on our website for more information and to learn how to register!
A Reminder About Our Health Policy
Flu, pneumonia, strep, and other influenza-like illnesses have been particularly severe this season so we felt it was appropriate to emphasize the Kid's Creek Health Policy.

Kid's Creek Therapy remains  diligent in our efforts on an hourly and daily basis to maintain a safe and healthy environment for all, but we rely on our families to support our efforts. 
 
Now Offering a Teletherapy Option!   

At Kid's Creek Therapy, we are dedicated to providing children with the highest quality therapy services available, and we understand that a traditional clinic atmosphere isn't ideal for all patients. Modern technology now allows us to provide high quality speech and occupational therapy treatment via teletherapy.

With teletherapy, consultations and therapy sessions are conducted remotely via a computer with high speed internet. Using secure live video chat, children are able to participate in a live, interactive therapy session, and parents are able to communicate privately with their child's therapist. Teletherapy is endorsed by the   American Speech and Language Association (ASHA)  and the   American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)  .

Following are a few scenarios in which a family might opt for teletherapy:
  • Homeschooling families or those with multiple children for whom it is difficult to schedule regular clinic sessions for a single child
  • Children who are ill, homebound or have compromised immune systems
  • Families who live too far to easily travel to a clinic multiple times per month or who have limited access to reliable transportation
  • Children who have anxiety or other needs who are more comfortable receiving treatment in a familiar setting
If you believe your child or someone you know may benefit from teletherapy, call us at 770-888-5221 or  request a free consultation

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? 

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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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