Kid's Creek is a specialized pediatric rehabilitation clinic, offering speech, occupational and physical therapy services. We serve children from infants to adolescents. Kid's Creek is considered an early intervention specialist in autism treatment. In addition to our services offered in the clinic and home, we are also excited to offer educational support services to schools and daycare programs. This section will provide you with a brief overview of the services we provide. Please contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions or would like to speak with our staff regarding your child's therapy needs.
Kid's Creek Speech Therapy
Speech and Language Pathology/Therapy: Is your child lagging behind other children when it comes to talking? Combining age-appropriate play therapy and language-development education, our speech therapists work to ensure that each child's language skills reach his or her appropriate levels.
Speech and communication are the most important skills children need to develop. Early intervention for children with speech and language delays can play a key role in preparing your child for academic success. Speech and language skills are critical for following directions, communicating in the classroom, and developing peer relations. Speech and language competency is also an early predictor for reading readiness.
How can speech therapy help your child? Speech and Language therapy can help your child: Improve understanding and expression of language; Improve speech/sound production; Improve swallowing patterns to reduce tongue thrust; Improve reading skills; Improve communication through the provision of augmentative communication systems; Improve eating and swallowing skill development; Promote age appropriate play skills
Common Speech/Language Diagnoses include:
- Expressive language disorders or delay
- Receptive language disorders or delay
- Articulation and phonological disorders
- Fluency (Stuttering)
- Social communication skills
- Swallowing disorders
- Auditory processing disorders
- Language-based learning disorders
- Oral-motor disorders
- Feeding Disorders
- Motor speech disorders (apraxia, dysarthria)
- Aural rehabilitation
Signs your child may need speech therapy include:
- Inability to put together simple, two-word phrases by age 2
- Not being easily understood by family members by age 3
- Inability to talk in fairly complete sentences or to be easily understood by strangers by age 4
- Difficulty interacting in and age-appropriate manner with other children
- Feeding aversions or difficulty handling food orally
(Prompts for Restructuring Oral Motor Phonetic Targets)
PROMPT is a multidimensional, multi-sensory therapeutic system that is holistic and dynamic. It is the use of a series of tactile cues on the jaw, face and under the chin that are designed to stimulate speech production in clients with speech production impairment. Prompt tactile cues guide clients through dynamic movements required for speech production that cannot be learned through observation or imitation alone. Tactile cues are paired with verbal and visual cues.
It is beneficial for children with apraxia of speech, autism, Down syndrome, articulation disorders and other speech disorders.
For more information visit www.promptinstitute.com
Speech Therapists at Kid's Creek have been trained by the PROMT Institue to successfully administer this technique in therapy sessions.
The Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing® (LiPS®) Program
A program that develops phonemic awareness for competence in reading, spelling, and speech
Kid’s Creek is excited to announce the LiPS program---an individual or group experience to develop phonemic awareness and its application in reading, spelling, and speech. The LiPS program teaches students to feel the actions of their lips, tongues and vocal chords, and to notice and label them. Using this new ability to "feel sounds," students learn to count, identify, and order sounds within words. They then use this "motor kinesthetic feedback" to read and spell. The LiPS program is led by a speech-language pathologist.
Its goals are to:
Who would benefit from LiPS?
- Instruct and improve:
Sight word knowledge
- Develop fluent readers and competent spellers
- Quickly move into reading in context and expository writing with support to make the transition to independent reading and writing tasks
- Children labeled as:
Needing remedial help
Visual perception problems
Ages 7 and up.
In the brain timing is everything
"Most all human behavior involves a brain clock system to coordinate micro-second based signals in the brain. Interventions that "fine tune" the brain clock can improve human performance from student school learning to adults recovering from a stroke."
- Kevin McGrew, Ph.D
Director of Science and Research, Interactive Metronome Director of the Institute for Applied Psychometrics (IAP)
Interactive Metronome (IM) is an advanced brain-based assessment and treatment program designed to promote and enhance brain performance and recovery. IM provides an objective method for measuring deficits and for tracking improvement. IM is evidence-based and is an engaging therapeutic modality that improves cognitive and motor skills. The design of the program ensures that patients recognize progress as it is occurring, increasing their motivation toward therapy and their ultimate recovery.
IM is beneficial for most neurological conditions. Here are some of the common ones:
- Autism Spectrum Disorders (including Asperger’s, PDD)
- Brain Injury
- Brain Tumor (following surgery or chemotherapy)
- Auditory Processing Disorder
- Cerebral Palsy
- Dyslexia and Other Reading Disorders
- Language-Learning Disabled
- Limb Amputation
- Non-verbal Learning Disorder
- Sensory Processing Disorder
IM for Kids
IM has undergone scientific trials and has been shown to improve:
- Attention and Concentration
- Coordination and Motor Control
- Language processing
- Cognitive processing
- Reading and math fluency
- Control of impulsivity/aggression
IM’s individualized treatment approaches are engaging and motivating to kids. IM’s entertaining, game-like interface and easy-to-understand feedback will have your child checking their scores after each exercise and reaching for new levels and rewards.
Adults diagnosed with a wide variety of conditions benefit from using IM. Here are some:
- Brain Injury
- Brain Tumor (following surgery or chemotherapy)
- Limb Amputation
- Spinal Cord Injury
The program can also be used for enhancement of cognitive and athletic performance
- General brain fitness
- Academic improvement
- Sports performance
- Career advancement
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Kid's Creek Physical Therapy
Do you have a child that wiggles, slumps, or just can't sit properly in his/her chair at school or home? Does your child frequently fall, seem clumsy or uncoordinated? Does your child tire easily while playing physical or recreational activities, or have difficulty keeping up with peers his/her age? Your child may have gross motor delays or delays with sensory processing which may be inhibiting him/her from performing many age appropriate gross motor activities. Physical therapy addresses strength, balance/coordination, endurance, and sensory integration for children with special needs. Diagnoses commonly treated include: Developmental delay, Cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, Autism, neurological disorders, hypotonia and genetic disorders.
Physical therapy can help strengthen trunk muscles for sitting extended periods of time. Stronger trunk muscles will assist your child with fine motor activities such as handwriting, drawing, or coloring as well as possibly increase their attention to task in school or at home. A strong trunk can also enable your child to breathe, communicate, and use their extremities more effectively. Physical therapy can help strengthen upper and lower extremities to assist with age appropriate gross motor functional and recreational activities such as running, jumping, and ascending and descending stairs safely.
Do you have concerns regarding your child's gross motor development? The following list of gross motor developmental milestones is based on an average, typically developing child. Please note that these milestones may not apply to every child.
Gross-Motor developmental milestones:
- Rolls from tummy to back: 4-5 months
- Rolls back to tummy: 5-6 months
- Sitting independently: 7 months
- Creeps (Crawling): 8 months
- Cruises on furniture: 11 months
- Walks independently: 12-13 months
- Runs and jumps: 24 months
Kid’s Creek is excited to offer Infant Massage Classes as both Private Sessions and Groups. Our Physical Therapists who teach the classes are certified by the International Loving Touch Foundation, Inc.
Early psychological and sensory input is essential in facilitating the development of all infants. Infant Massage is a preventative program that provides loving touch right from the start. Understanding and beginning touch early in life can improve the quality of parenting and family life and promote the well-being of the infant.
Benefits for Baby
- Emotionally nourishes the baby
- Begins a loving, intimate communication between a parent or caregiver and the baby
- Helps to strengthen and regulate the baby’s primary systems (i.e., respiratory, circulatory, nervous, musculature and gastrointestinal)
- Reduces gas and colic and allows the baby to sleep better
- Helps the baby relax and release the tensions of daily stimuli
Benefits for Parents
- Better understanding about their infant’s cues of responsiveness
- Enhances communication and emotional ties
- Increases confidence and handling skills
- Greatly improves the bond of affectional attachment
- Provides a means to develop quality interaction time
- Helps the parents relax and listen to their baby
- Massage becomes a perfect avenue for conversation as the child gets older
Kid's Creek Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapy is the use of purposeful activity to maximize the independence of a child who is limited by a physical injury or illness, neurological or cognitive impairment, a developmental or learning disability, or sensory integration processing. For a child, purposeful activities such as swinging, climbing, jumping, buttoning, drawing and writing are their "occupation." Under the guidance of a therapist, the child actively takes in movement and touch information in playful, meaningful and natural ways that may facilitate the brain to modulate these fundamental neural messages. The child responds favorably to SI treatment, because his/her nervous system is pliable and changeable. Occupational therapy helps the child build confidence and learn to succeed- and children love it!
Not only do our Occupational Therapists help children to succeed in fine motor skills (handwriting, drawing, buttoning, tying shoes, swinging, etc.). All of our OTs at Kid's Creek are trained and experienced in successfully addressing Sensory Processing Disorders in children. To learn more about Sensory Processing Disorders, please click here.
The Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) by A. Jean Ayres is the most comprehensive evaluation of a child's sensory systems. The test is designed for use with children between the ages of 4 years through 8 years 11 months. The SIPT measures the sensory integration processes that underlie learning and behavior. By showing you how children organize and respond to sensory input, SIPT helps pinpoint specific organic problems associated with learning disabilities, emotional disorders, and minimal brain dysfunction.
The SIPT tests motor planning (praxis) components of the vestibular, proprioceptive, kinesthetic, tactile, and visual systems. It does not test olfactory (smell) taste, auditory, or language skills.
The SIPT is a very in-depth assessment that can only be administered by a therapist who has gone through a rigorous training and certification process. The assessment itself usually lasts at least 2 hours and can be broken into smaller testing sessions if needed.
Kid's Creek is glad to offer this assessment by one of our occupational therapists who is certified in sensory integration.
Innovative and Research-Based Design
Social Skills Curriculum
Kid's Creek Therapy offers a unique, evidenced-based design in our Social Skills Curriculum. Our rich curriculum provides an exceptional social skills program that gives students optimal opportunities to develop the social competencies necessary for successful social interactions.
Research suggests that children develop along a continuum of social competencies rather than a step by step progression. Growth depends upon their access to social situations, social readiness, social awareness and social cognition. Research also shows that children lacking social skills will mature in a therapy setting. Social Scripts and teacher instruction will provide a bridge between a child's reluctance and their social potential and resilience. Peer practice and at-home support make the social scripts part of the child's vocabulary & social toolbox.
Our unique feature is a Competencies Checklist that tracks the child's social progress along 20 domains. A child must score satisfactory to graduate from each level of the program. This progress monitoring feature gives parents the confidence that Kid's Creek is working to achieve results and long-term improvement for all students.
FALL: LEVEL I – Back to the Basics
- Fundamental social skills using social scripts
- The How To's of successful social interactions
- Character Traits lessons and activities
WINTER: LEVEL II – Social Scenarios
- Peers practice social scenarios on stage, developing the ability to transition and adjust with changing people, places and situations
- Learn in-depth techniques for bullying and negotiation
SPRING: LEVEL III – Emotional Intelligence
- In-depth study of emotions and facial expressions with the ability to read the unspoken cues of social situations.
- Development of social intuition and awareness
- Inner work of moderation, regulation and self-advocacy.
HOLIDAY SESSION – 3 week mini-session
- Learn social graces of gatherings, parties and gift exchanges
- Handling excitement, handling disappointments, learning to wait, and expressing compassion and tolerance with relatives of all ages.
SOCIAL SKILLS COACHING
We also offer Private Social Coaching 1-hour sessions. These private lessons model successful social conversations and scenarios. Homework includes social participation with family, peers and community. Private Coaching is individualized and designed to meet the needs of the child.
To register for a Social Skills Group or for Individual Coaching: please call our office at 770-888-5221. You are welcome to come by and meet with our social skills coordinator, Monique Toole, at any time to consult with her regarding your child's social needs.
Download our Social Skills Group Questionnaire
A Multi-Disciplinary Sensory Approach for Picky & Problem Eaters
Are you up a creek about what to feed your picky eater? Find help at the Food Explorers group!
Food Explorers is a multi-disciplinary and sensory approach to overcome disordered eating in children. The Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding is the foundation of Food Explorers’ Program at Kids Creek Therapy. The SOS Approach is an evidence-based program proven to be effective in expanding the food repertoires of picky eaters and problem feeders. The basis of our program is the Steps to Eating Hierarchy. Food Explorers is a step by step approach that incorporates movement, sound, sight, smell, touch, and taste. Our team of Speech and Occupational Therapists, and Registered Dietitian uniquely understand children with eating disorders.
Our Food Explorers program integrates sensory, motor, oral, behavioral/learning, medical and nutritional factors and approaches in order to comprehensively evaluate and manage children with feeding/growth problems. It is based on, and grounded philosophically in, the “normal” developmental steps, stages and skills of feeding found in typically developing children. The treatment component of the program utilizes these typical developmental steps towards feeding to create a systematic desensitization hierarchy of skills/behaviors necessary for children to progress with eating various textures, and with growing at an appropriate rate for them. The assessment component of the program makes sure that all physical reasons for atypical feeding development are examined and appropriately treated medically. In addition, the SOS Approach works to identify any nutritional deficits and to develop recommendations as appropriate to each individual child’s growth parameters and needs. Skills across all developmental areas are also assessed with regards to feeding, as well as an examination of learning capabilities with regards to using the SOS program.
Food Explorers is for children aged 18 months to 10 years; children are grouped by age, ability, and food aversions and preferences. The program includes parent training, education, support.
Therapy Resolves Thumb Sucking and Tongue Thrust Issues
Kid's Creek Therapy now offers services for:
- Tongue Thrust Swallowing
- Thumb Sucking
- Short Upper Lip
- Open-Mouth Rest Posture
Orofacial myology is a form of treatment that deals with the tongue and facial muscles. When your teeth are not aligned properly it is called "malocclusion". Swallowing with the tongue forward and improper resting posture of the tongue can interfere with the relationship of the teeth, causing malocclusion. These conditions can be corrected with a team approach combining orthodontics and orofacial myology.
Together we cultivate an awareness of the muscles used for swallowing and develop a regular exercise and therapy program. Our goal is to strengthen and rehabilitate the tongue and facial muscles while making the new neuromuscular patterns habitual. This team approach enhances overall appearance, produces more positive physical and mental health and often improves speech.
Kid's Creek offers on-site, specialized tutoring services. Our tutor is a Georgia Certified teacher with a Master's Degree in Special Education. She will design an individualized program for your child with the needs of your family in mind. Kid's Creek tutoring is a partnership between student, parent and school, with the ultimate goal being academic results and increased student self-esteem. The tutor provides educational support to the student, and gives evidence-proven strategies for at-home study and self-advocacy at school.