March 2017
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The Importance of Celebrating Small Steps


All of us have OUR PLAN: big, small, vague, specific.
It doesn't matter what it is, everyone has a plan for themselves, their children, their family, their house, etc. You could have a 5-year plan, 10-year plan, a plan before or for a specific birthday, a day-to-day plan...or even all of the above!

In therapy, we set long- and short-term goals for each child.
These goals are all individualized according to each kiddo's current skill levels and their specific needs/desires. Some have one or two, others have six or seven. Some move through them quickly, and others take a longer time. We set the short-term goals with the aim of providing the tools needed for the kiddos (and families) to progress toward the long-term goals. All too often we are focused on OUR PLAN, the long-term goals, and the potential discharge from therapy, and we may overlook all of the steps it takes to get there. Your therapists are here to remind you of those little things that "snuck" past your radar - the ones on your "to-do list" and the ones not.

March is a Big Month for Our Kiddos!

World Down Syndrome Day

March 21 is World Down Syndrome Day and we're celebrating here at Kid's Creek with our SOCKS!  Show your support by wearing brightly colored socks, mismatched socks, or even extra socks to signify the extra chromosome that people with Down Syndrome carry. March 21 was chosen because people with Down syndrome have three copies of the 21st chromosome (3/21 - get it?)

Share photos of your family in crazy socks (or any other way you celebrate World Down Syndrome Day!) on our Facebook page using the hashtag #KidsCreekWDSD or email them to frontdesk@kidscreektherapy.com.


Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month

March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, and we want to celebrate our CP kids! Starting next week, we'll have a poster promoting awareness of CP - it will say "I Love Someone With CP" and we encourage parents of our CP Kids to sign their names on it all month long.

We also encourage you to share photos of your child with cerebral palsy on our Facebook page using the hashtag #KidsCreekCPKids or email them to frontdesk@kidscreektherapy.com.

Coming Soon:
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
Spring Break is Approaching!
Spring Break is a great time to participate in one of our intensive therapy sessions! Speak to your therapist if you feel this option might be appropriate for your child.

Also, please let Amanda at the front desk know if you are planning to be out of town or need to reschedule any of your upcoming appointments.
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

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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.
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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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