If you would like to speak with a therapist about your concerns, you can book a free consultation. A free consultation consists of a 15-20 minute phone call where you can talk with one of our therapists about your concerns without committing to a full evaluation. The therapist will ask questions about your child’s development, address any concerns you may have, and provide recommendations for your child. We also offer our FREE online tool, the Growth Ability Patterns (GAP) Assessment. In just a few minutes, you can learn whether your child is developmentally on track.
Occupational Therapy Frequently Asked Questions
What's the difference between occupational therapy and physical therapy for children?
Occupational therapy helps with fine motor skills such as writing, using utensils, opening containers, and fastening buttons. Occupational therapy also helps with self-care like bathing, dressing, grooming, feeding, etc. Occupational therapists may also work on increasing a child’s visual motor, cognition, and decision-making skills, as well as sensory processing skills (sensory processing refers to how a child manages and uses information from his/her environments and surroundings).
Physical therapists focus on providing a child with skills in the areas of mobility and gross motor skills, such as walking, crawling, jumping, standing, kicking, and skipping. Physical therapists can also work on increasing a child’s balance and coordination.
Why is it called occupational therapy when children don't have jobs?
Your occupation is defined as what a child needs or wants to do that is appropriate for age or life stage. For example, a baby’s occupation is to eat, play, sleep, crawl, and walk, while older children will be occupied with tasks such as writing, typing, organizing schoolwork, and participating in extracurricular activities. Occupational therapy is useful when difficulties with things like strength, coordination, dexterity, attention, or sensory issues prevent a child from independently performing “occupational” activities for his or her age.
My child is very young. Can't I just wait and see if he catches up?
Not every child who shows a delay of some kind requires early intervention, but if a child needs intervention, it’s important to start as soon as possible. Because every skill builds on the one before it, waiting will cause any gaps in development to grow and it could take a lot more time and therapy to close the gap.
My child needs feeding therapy. Should I book an appointment for occupational therapy or speech therapy?
Occupational therapists (OTs) know all things sensory. If your child is showing difficulties with specific textures, flavors, colors of foods, temperatures, etc., an OT will do your evaluation. Speech therapists (SLPs) know the ins and outs of the oral motor structures and focus on the “act” of eating. If your child is having difficulty chewing/manipulating foods, keeping food in their mouth, taking a long time to chew/swallow, and/or are coughing a lot during meals, an SLP will do your evaluation. In many cases, children with feeding issues have both oral motor and sensory difficulties. Let us talk through things with you on a free phone consultation to help determine which type of therapy is best for your child.
What areas do you serve?
Kid’s Creek Therapy is located in the Johns Creek, Georgia, area and proudly serves families from across north Atlanta, including Alpharetta, Buford, Cumming, Duluth, Johns Creek, Norcross, Peachtree Corners, Roswell, and Suwanee.
Do you take insurance?
Yes, Kid’s Creek Therapy is in-network with Blue Cross-Blue Shield (PPO, POS, HMO), Georgia Medicaid, and we are preferred providers with TriCare. We bill out of network benefits for all other insurances. Learn more.
How do I know if my insurance covers therapy services?
Kid’s Creek will call your insurance company and check coverage before you schedule your first session or evaluation so you can make an informed decision about any out-of-pocket expenses.
Do you offer services other than occupational therapy?
Yes. Kid’s Creek Therapy is a full-service pediatric rehabilitation clinic, offering speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy services for children. We encourage you to explore our Services page for information about each of these therapy options and to learn more about the variety of specialized services we offer.
What should I expect when my child has an evaluation?
An evaluation allows an occupational therapist the opportunity to assess your child’s development. This assessment may include a standardized test, observation through play, medical history information, and/or parent report. In most cases, it includes all four. Through the evaluation, it will be determined if treatment is necessary. Treatment at Kid’s Creek Therapy cannot be initiated unless an evaluation has been completed.
How can I pay for services?
What are your hours of operation?
Kid’s Creek Therapy is available Monday – Friday from 9:00AM – 6:00PM and on Saturday by special request appointment.
Do you offer screenings?
Kid’s Creek Therapy is available to provide screenings to children at daycare centers, private schools, religious preschool programs or our office. Screenings are abbreviated evaluations to determine if a child could benefit from further evaluation or if a child’s level of performance is age appropriate and no further evaluation is needed. If your child is found to have mild difficulties yet a full evaluation is not recommended, home programming ideas will be discussed so parents can facilitate these skills at home. If an area of concern is identified, a full evaluation will be recommended.
Is there any paperwork I need to fill out prior to an evaluation?
Yes. Once an evaluation has been scheduled, our office will provide you with a link to a series of documents that Kid’s Creek Therapy needs to be completed prior to your child’s evaluation. It includes a case history form that gives us the background information pertinent to your child’s development. We request that all paperwork be completed in full and returned to us five days prior to your first appointment. If there is a delay in filling out the paperwork, your appointment may have to be rescheduled to a more convenient time.
What ages of patients do you see?
We provide pediatric services for children from birth to 21 and adult services specifically for orofacial myofunctional disorders.
Do you work with children with autism?
Yes. Kid’s Creek Therapy believes that a collaborative and multidisciplinary effort between the child, his/her family and his/her other support networks help to achieve results and reach the highest level of success. Not all therapy centers provide the same level of treatment experience for children with autism. We have committed to providing our staff with extended continuing education and ongoing training opportunities related to autism treatment. Treatment of children with autism and working closely with their families is one of our specialties.
Do you involve parents in the treatment process?
Yes. Parents are a very important part of treatment at Kid’s Creek. Parents are often invited into the treatment rooms to observe therapy if the situation is appropriate, and parent education is an integral part of every therapy session. Each session is designed to allow time for the parent and therapist to discuss progress and what was done during the therapy session. Home programs are provided to the parent to increase carryover in all settings and help the child be more successful in reaching their goals.
How can I receive a copy of your privacy practices?
You can obtain an email copy of our privacy practices by requesting it from the front desk or you can download our Notice of Privacy Practices here.