May 2017
Featured Blog Posts
Autism: Two Perspectives

Last month, we shared two guest posts on autism. The first was by Daniel Harper, an "alum" of Kid's Creek - now an adult and a college student! Daniel has Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism, and we invited him to write about his childhood growing up with ASD.


A couple of days later, we shared some thoughts from his parents, Doug and Jane Harper, about what it was like parenting Daniel. 

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

 
Each May, the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA)  celebrates Better Hearing and Speech Month, providing an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders and the role of speech-language pathologists and audiologists in providing life-altering treatment for people. 

We invite you to show your speech therapist some love this month! Share what you love about your child's speech therapist on our Facebook page using the hashtag #KidsCreekSpeech or email frontdesk@kidscreektherapy.com.

For more information about ASHA and Better Hearing and Speech Month, visit  www.asha.org .

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 more details on camp opportunities for 2017. 
Now Available: Intensive Speech Programs

Kid's Creek Therapy is happy to offer Speech Connections, intensive speech therapy programs for children with childhood apraxia of speech and those with cleft palate. Speech Connections programs are available for both current and new patients, and are a good option for families who live too far away from our office to schedule regular appointments. Learn more about each of these programs below, and  visit our Intensive Program page  for downloadable brochures on each program as well as information for Traveling Families.

Apraxia Intensive Program
Our Apraxia Intensive Program uses evidence-based techniques in an individualized program to elicit correct speech production in children with childhood apraxia of speech. The program  is available in either one- or two-week sessions. All participants will receive a home program and a treatment summary at the completion of the session.

Cleft Palate Intensive Program
Our Cleft Palate Intensive Program uses 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.  The programs are available in either individual or group format for children of a variety of ages and stages of cleft palate repair. 

Call us at 770-888-5221 or inquire at the front desk for more information
about either of our Speech Connections programs.

Kid's Creek is Hiring! 
Do You Know an OT Who Would Be a Great Fit For Our Team?
Kid's Creek is seeking an energetic, enthusiastic, team-player to provide occupational therapy services. You'll have the opportunity to enhance the lives of children while working in an interdisciplinary, close-knit, supportive environment. Our staff enjoys working together and having fun - you'll find that Kid's Creek feels like family.  Kid's Creek offers competitive compensation, flexible scheduling, full benefits package and continuing education opportunities.  Qualified applicants must have clinical certificate, Georgia Licensure, knowledge of pediatric theory and practice, and 1-2 year pediatric experience is required. For more information or to apply, e mail resume to Melanie McGriff:  mmcgriff@kidscreektherapy.com.
Scheduling Notes

Summer vacation is approaching quickly! Please be sure to let us know at the front desk if your summer schedule or planned travel will require you to make changes to your child's regular therapy schedule.

Please also note that Kid's Creek Therapy will be closed on Monday, May 29, for the Memorial Day holiday.
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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WE LOVE REFERRALS!

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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