Issue: # 4
January 2013

Dear Kid's Creek Families,


New beginnings, fresh starts, resolutions...all things that are usually occupying our thoughts as we start into a new year. Welcome 2013! As we step into 2013 together, we are anticipating exciting moments. Our staff is ready to celebrate accomplishments (both big and small) with you and your family. We look anxiously toward the results that your child will achieve in therapy this year and are blessed to be a part of that. So let's get to work! We have some goals to set and results to achieve. 2013...ready, set, Go!



 Happy New Year! 

Melanie McGriff and Silvia Herstik 



 What's going on at Kid's Creek?

With the New Year quickly approaching, we would like to take this opportunity to remind you of two important items:



Amanda is currently distributing the 2013 Update packets. Please be sure to complete ALL PAGES and return them to us by Friday December 28, 2012. If you are changing insurance in 2013, please make sure to note this change on the attached form and return this document with the rest of the packet. In order for us to be able to file claims on your behalf we MUST have your correct insurance information, therefore, we ask that you bring your new insurance card AS SOON as you have received it.




Just a reminder, it is Kid's Creek Financial Policy to collect deductibles and co-insurance. Please be prepared to pay the appropriate amount at your first session in the New Year.

If you have a deductible to meet before insurance benefits are paid, you will be expected to pay $100 per session at the time services are rendered. Deductibles on calendar year policies are reset in January.



Thank you and we look forward to serving you and your child in 2013!


Patient Results

These are examples of results we are accomplishing at our clinic.

Social Skills Corner

 From the Desk of

Miss Monique


Social Skills Private Coaching and Tutoring


Social Skills Coaching

There are times when it is appropriate to work with a child privately, before they join a Social Skills group. Pre-school children, middle school students with very particular needs and anxieties, or students who are not yet ready for the dynamics of a group are all good candidates for Private Coaching in Social Skills. The goal is to ready these students and move them into a group setting when basic skills are in place. Private Coaching also lends itself well to joining with just one other student who has similar needs and interests. It gives parents and instructor flexibility with the added benefit of honing in on particular skills.


We are pleased with the overwhelming response to this new offering, which was developed after Kid's Creek identified a unique need among our families and community. We now have a number of students that receive this kind of social skills support. Coordinator, Monique Toole, is pleased to schedule a complimentary meeting to discuss if Social Skills Private Coaching would be a good program for your child.


Social Skills Classes Registration

For those students who have graduated from our Level I Curriculum in Social Skills, Level II: Social Scenarios is beginning Tuesday, January 15th. Classes are on Tuesdays from 4:15 - 5:45.   Level II is an eight week session. To reserve your child's place in the program, a registration deposit is due by Friday, January 4th. Please call today.


Level I: Back to the Basics is offered again this winter for an eight week session. Classes for Level I are offered on Mondays from 4:15 - 5:45 for students 6-8 years oldStudents 9-11 years old may take Level I on Wednesdays from 5:15 - 6:45. Please call Kid's Creek today 770-888-5221 to reserve your place, by making your registration deposit. The registration deadline is Friday, January 4th.  





Scheduling Notes
We will be open on Martin Luther King Jr Day 
Monday January 21, 2013
Staff News

Lisa McCall, M.S., CCC-SLP is a staff speech-language pathologist at Kid's Creek.  Lisa earned her master's degree in speech-language pathology from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia in 1992.  She has over nineteen years of experience working in various settings, including private practice, the school systems, home health care, brain injury rehabilitation settings and nursing homes.  She has worked with both adults and children, and has specialized in early intervention in private practice since 2005. 

Lisa's main areas of expertise are early intervention; developmental apraxia of speech; autism spectrum disorders; articulation delays; and expressive and receptive language delays.  She has personal experience with auditory processing disorders, since her own child has an auditory processing disability.  Lisa has a real passion for making sure the whole child is looked at and making sure that each child is getting the services they need. Lisa is a parent advocate and actively assists parents in achieving the services their child is entitled to in the public school systems.  She is a member of the Georgia Speech Language Hearing Association and is certified by the American Speech Language Hearing Association. 

Lisa moved from Cary, North Carolina in August 2010 and now resides in Alpharetta, Georgia with her husband, Roy and two children, Lauren and Caleb.


  Bethany Bearden, MS OTR/L is a staff occupational therapist who is certified in Sensory Integration. She received her Bachelors and Masters degree in Occupational Therapy at Brenau University in 2009. She began her career working as the Children's Program Coordinator at a Domestic Violence Center in addition to working at an outpatient clinic. Bethany has worked with ages 0-21 in a variety of settings and with a variety of diagnoses.

Bethany has completed her certification in Sensory Integration. She is able to administer the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT). Bethany has attended courses such as the Alert Program and Astronaut Training Program. Additionally, Bethany is pursuing her certification in Neuro-Developmental Treatment. An avid learner, Bethany continually seeks out educational opportunities to better serve her clients.

Bethany is passionate about her work and loves developing close relationships working with each child and family. She is excited about working with children at Kid's Creek and seeing them succeed for many years to come.




Monique Mitchell Toole, M Ed, Special Education, and BBA Marketing.

Monique earned her BBA in 1983 from the University of Ga. and spent 20 years in public relations, marketing and university advancement.  Her passion for education prompted her to obtain a Master's Degree in Special Education from North Georgia College and State University 2009.  Georgia teacher certified and formerly employed in Forsyth County Elementary Schools, she joins Kid's Creek as our on-site academic tutor and Social Skills Program Coordinator.

Monique is a member of Phi Kappa Phi honorary society, and the Council for Exceptional Children.  Her instructional style is thorough and innovative, while her temperament is sensitive and patient.  Monique's special gifts lie in the area of social and behavioral support for children with special needs, particularly those on the autism spectrum.  Her study of research-based literature in the area of social competence and emotional intelligence inspired her to design a unique, progress-monitoring social skills program.  She is successfully administering these programs at Kid's Creek with much positive response from participants and parents alike.

Monique lives in Cumming with her husband, John, and their son, Sean.


Therapy Articles

Occupational Therapy Article
50 Fine Motor Skills Activities for Children

Speech Therapy Article
Strategies for Improving Memory

Physical Therapy Article
About Infant/Baby Massage


Parent Resources

Resource Links

Who do you know that needs our help? Let them know offer FREE CONSULTATIONS. There are many people who are looking for a speech, occupational, or physical therapist for their child. They would like to know about a place where both the child and the family are important,and where results are achieved. Just ask them to bring this to us or have them call us and we'll take care of the rest. Plus, we'll include you in our refer a friend award program so that you could win a professional massage! 

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