Welcome

Welcome to the new Special Kids therapy and nursing blog! This is a new endeavor to share current topics from our leaders on a weekly basis. We hope you enjoy! For our first topic, we want to make sure you know our therapy leaders and what each team is responsible for. We also encourage you to learn more about all of our Special Kids team members

Sheri Weber, LMSW, Director of Therapy

Sheri Weber, LMSW, Director of Therapy

Therapy Services

Special Kids offers a range of therapy services as an accredited Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facility (CORF) provider through the centers for medicare and medicaid services. Our therapy services include physical, occupational, speech, and feeding therapies.

 

Candice Payne, BSW, Lead Family Resources Coordinator

Candice Payne, BSW, Lead Family Resources Coordinator

 

 

 

Family Resources

Family resources helps a family identify the needs they have regarding the care and treatment of their child.  They will try to match resources, either within Special Kids or in the community, that will help.  They can also assist with any school concerns.

 

 

 

Tess Irwin, PT, DPT, Lead Physical Therapist

Tess Irwin, PT, DPT, Lead Physical Therapist

 

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy helps children develop large muscle movement.  This therapy may help a child gain head control, sit-up, crawl, stand, or walk.  Our staff can also speak with parents about walkers, wheel chairs, or other equipment for home that would make caring for the child easier.

 

 

Bailey Reilly-Montes, MOT, OTR/L, Lead Occupational Therapist

Bailey Reilly-Montes, MOT, OTR/L, Lead Occupational Therapist

 

 

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy helps children develop small muscle movement.  A child may learn to hold a toy, transfer from hand-to-hand, or draw and color.  Or a child may work on self-help skills such as brushing teeth, dressing, or combing hair.  If the child has sensory integration concerns, our staff can develop a custom program to assist at home and during therapy.

 

 

 

Hailee Truelove, MA, CCC-SLP, Lead Speech Language Pathologist

Hailee Truelove, MA, CCC-SLP, Lead Speech Language Pathologist

 

Speech Therapy

Speech therapy helps children learn to say new words, speak clearly, speak in complete sentences, or understand directions better.  Our staff may ask parents to work on tasks at home to help your child’s progress.

Feeding Therapy

Feeding therapy seeks to address the causes of feeding difficulties. This therapy serves children with food aversions, swallowing disorders, oral motor deficits, and delayed feeding development that can result in a lack of nutritional nourishment.

 

 

 

Tarina Prather, Office Lead

Tarina Prather, Office Lead

Patient Satisfaction

Patient satisfaction is a key objective of Special Kids’ therapy services. Our front desk and scheduling team members work to support our families by providing assistance with patient scheduling, communication with physician offices, and attendance tracking.

 

 

 

Dr. Jerry Collins, MD, Medical Director

Dr. Jerry Collins, MD, Medical Director

 

 

Physician Oversight

All therapy services are overseen by a local pediatrician who acts as our Medical Director.  If the primary doctor for your child is not available, the Medical Director will be contacted if any emergency arises with your child.

 

 

 

 

We hope you enjoyed learning more about our therapy services. Next week, our topic will have a physical therapy focus on “Torticollis”. Stay tuned!