March 2019
Featured Blog Post
What Parents Need to Know About Teletherapy for Kids

Have you heard about teletherapy?
Teletherapy is simply therapy, over the internet, through a live video connection. The treatment is very similar to what a child receives in person; it's just done using a computer. If you've ever used FaceTime or Skype you've used the same type of technology that teletherapy uses.
Teletherapy can be used with a variety of ages. It allows therapy to be done remotely, and is an excellent way to receive therapy services when traveling to a clinic isn't a realistic option or to allow for more scheduling flexibility. Teletherapy is endorsed by the  American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the  American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

In this month's featured blog post , speech therapist Sarah Gonzales explains how teletherapy works, who can benefit, and what your family needs to get started.
Have You Heard About Our New Kids' Clubs?



Kid's Creek is now offering clubs for kids! Beginning this 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!
Get to Know You: Talitha Rector

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 Physical Therapist Talitha Rector:

Who is your hero?
Joni Eareckson Tada, a professional diver who dove into a shallow area and suffered a spinal cord injury. Through her struggles, she became a Christian and dedicated her life to ministering to others with disabilities. Her story and faith is what fueled my passion to become a physical therapist.

What is your favorite thing about your career?
Growing up I said I wanted to own an ice cream truck because I loved seeing the smile on kids' faces as they are chasing the truck down and their faces as they anticipate the sweet treat. A few years back, I realized I was fortunate to have experienced similar moments but it wasn't the ice cream that lit up the faces. It was the opportunity to spend an hour playing with me. I don't need an ice cream truck. I have swings, climbing walls, balls, games, and "magic" Kinesio tape.

I love the moments of amazement when a child is able to do something gross motor-wise they had given up on being able to do because they tried and tried and their body wasn't cooperating with them. Recently I had a child who wanted to jump rope and despite her best efforts, she just couldn't get the coordination right. I was able to teach her how to connect her body with her core and trunk muscles and support the muscles with Kinesiotape and she immediately got up and began jumping with the jump rope. Her mom was in tears as she stated she never thought she would see this moment. There are things parents with typically developing kids take for granted. I love that I get to be there for the moments where it seems like anything is possible.

What is your proudest accomplishment?
My faith is important to me and I thank for God choosing to use me by gifting me with the knowledge and skills to heal through my work as a physical therapist. My greatest story of healing is one of a client who had been experiencing chronic pain for 4 years. She was unable to tolerate standing or walking long distances and rode a scooter around her college campus. She traveled from doctor to doctor trialing different methods to relieve the pain with no success. When she came to me she had almost lost all hope in ever experiencing relief. In her second session, I was able to help her relax and then correctly activate her muscles in order to give her a moment without pain. The room was filled with laughter and tears as hope returned. Now three years out, she has retrained her muscles and is able to hike, bike, dance, and often forgets there was a time when her life was limited by pain.

Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?
Mandy Moore and I would love for it to be a Broadway Musical instead of a movie. There has to be dancing and singing.

If you had to describe yourself as an animal, which one would it be?
Hmm...My name means little lamb but I think a bird is probably a better description. I am hungry for knowledge and at the beginning like to be fed information but enjoy learning how to fly on my own. I love the freedom of independence but I also enjoy opportunities to fly with a flock and be part of something bigger. I fit in wherever I am, love to sing, and tend to always leave an imprint. I pray that imprint is a positive one in the hearts and lives of those around me, not one that leaves poop on the windshield. Although, I will say as a physical therapist I am really good at helping wake up the GI system and often bowels move in my presence.
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 the front desk know if you are planning to be out of town or need to reschedule any of your upcoming appointments.
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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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