At Special Kids, there is a place for every child. Since opening our doors in 1998, Special Kids has served children with special needs, ages birth to 21 years. As the need for our services has expanded, so has the confusion around what “special needs” means and what exactly Special Kids offers.
Happening now, through May 11th, is a Special Kids fundraiser on CrowdRise to provide scholarships for families of children with special needs who cannot afford our regular fees but are in need of our services, such as speech, occupational, physical, recreation, and feeding therapies and/or nursing care.
Dominion Financial Management, Inc. is a Christian ministry whose mission is to coach, teach, and counsel from a Biblical viewpoint, so that families will know the right path to take, manage their finances well, and experience financial freedom.
Community Helpers of Rutherford County is a nonprofit agency whose purpose is to provide emergency financial assistance with utilities, rent, medicine, and connective resources for households in Rutherford County, TN.
Cup drinking can be introduced around 6-8 months old or approximately one-month after the child is able to feed from a spoon. Learn why it's important to introduce using a cup, the best way to introduce cup drinking, and more!
Children with sensory processing disorder (SPD) have a neurological disorder causing perceived sensory information to result in abnormal responses whereas children with auditory processing disorder (APD) have trouble with how their central nervous system processes information that may cause difficulty following directions, understanding speech in loud environments, and discriminating between speech sounds.
The holiday season is just around the corner. This year will be a great one and we want to make sure you are ready for all the parties, different schedules, decorations, songs, treats, and the smells that fill our environment. For most this is what makes the holiday season so joyful, but for others the exact things can bring on anxiety, meltdowns,and sensory overload. The Occupational Therapy department here at Special Kids have brainstormed a small batch of helpful “tricks and treats” to prep for the holiday season.
Meet Resa, our partner for this year’s Special Kids Banquet being held on Thursday, September 21st. Resa was diagnosed with Autism at 3-years old and has been receiving therapy at Special Kids for the past 12-years. She is now a high school graduate who excels at art!
The Resource of the Week is Understood for learning & attention issues, https://www.understood.org/en. This website is a wonderful tool for parents to use, especially with children going back to school.
There is often a false belief that any child who is difficult to understand is delayed in his or her speech sound development and may need to see a speech therapist. This happens even more often when a child has an older sibling(s) who developed all of his or her speech sounds at an early age. In general, most young children are exhibiting age-appropriate sound errors and need just a little more time for speech development.
A child’s progression toward independent feeding requires a series of developmental sequences in oral motor and fine motor skills. In fact, this multifaceted task requires developmental skill in other areas as well including: gross motor, visual, cognitive, communicative, and emotional/ social development.