Issue: # 6
March 2013

Dear Kid's Creek Families,


Aye me lads and lassies! The March winds are blowing in! But we are not counting on luck at Kid's Creek to move us along. We know that it takes dedicated work, insightful knowledge and a heart full of compassion to get our patients moving in the direction of progress. That is why parent education and active home programs are an essential extension of the therapy we provide. Working with your therapist to carry out a daily home program can make a significant difference in the progress level you see in your child's functioning. Our therapists understand that moms and dads have busy schedules. That's why we work hard to come up with realistic home programs that can easily be incorporated into your daily routine. So let's move forward into March together in anticipation of the results that we can achieve together! You won't find us putting a home program in your hands and saying "good luck!" Instead, we will be here cheering you on and encouraging you as we anticipate growth and progress with your child.


Melanie McGriff                      Silvia Herstik 

Owner/Clinical Director       Owner/Operations Director 






 What's going on at Kid's Creek?

Dear Parents,


You are probably aware of the recent news from Medicaid, but we wanted to ensure that our families were informed.


Changes starting 7/1/13 for Medicaid:

As part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), all doctors who prescribe or order services for Medicaid recipients (that means Katie Beckett/Deeming waiver, GAPP, NOW/COMP-home and community based waivers, etc..), or who refer Medicaid recipients to other providers/doctors, must be a Medicaid provider.


In the past this was not the case. Many families have made the choice to go to a pediatrician that does not accept Medicaid. If you do this, that doctor can no longer write prescriptions for Medicaid related services (example: therapy, prescriptions for medications, equipment, etc. if Medicaid is paying any amount of the bill).


If you don't know if your doctor is a Medicaid provider and writes your prescriptions, please ask. We are hopeful that if your current physician does not have a Medicaid provider number, that they will be willing to apply for one.


Please stay in communication with Emily (our billing and scheduling coordinator) regarding your physician's status in this situation. It is our desire that every patient who has Medicaid does not experience any lapse in the vital therapy services that they receive due to this change.


Thank you for addressing this with your child's physician and let us know if you have any questions.  

Patient Results

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

Social Skills Corner

 From the Desk of

Miss Monique


Emotional Intelligence

Social Skills Groups


Due to numerous parent requests, Kid's Creek is pleased to offer a 6-week session this spring on Emotional Intelligence. Groups are for children in 1st and 2nd grades on Mondays and for children in 3rd - 5th grades on Tuesdays. The sessions will begin the week of April 15th and complete on May 21st.

Students will:

  • Learn how to read facial expressions and nonverbal cues seen in body language;
  • Become "social detectives" as they look carefully for social cues that give important information about when to join in groups, making and keeping friends, and how best to cooperate;
  • Study feelings and learn how to express powerful feelings appropriately;
  • Participate in role-playing, games, video modeling, surveying, brainstorming, decision making and stress management.
  • Participate in activities that promote empathy and self-control.

There is no doubt that children with emotional intelligence do better in the classroom and are more at ease in social situations. At the end of six weeks, students will have a greater social and emotional awareness and even better self-esteem.

For more information, call Kid's Creek today. Class size is limited.

Mondays        4:00 - 5:30 p.m.                  Children in 1st and 2nd grades

Tuesdays       4:00 - 5:30 p.m.                  Children in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades
Scheduling Notes
If you are going out of town for spring break please let us know ASAP. Thanks!


We are offering SPRING BREAK Camps for  6 to 9 years old!

The dates for these camps will be: 

 April 1st  to April 5th  and April 8th to April 12th 

 Camps will start at 9:30am  and end at 11:30am.


The cost is $150 per week with a $50 non refundable deposit.  



Hare are some of the camps we will be offering this summer:

Kindergarten and Inclusion Readiness
Summer Fun at the Creek
Art Camp
Pencil Partners
Fitness and Fun
P.R.O.M.P.T. and Play
Social Skills Early Elementary
Social Skills Older Elementary

For more information our summer camps click on the links below:
Staff News
Sandy Lykins, MOT, OTR/L
is a staff occupational therapist at Kid's Creek. After graduating from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs) Sandy went on to obtain her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Texas Woman's University in Dallas, Texas. She is nationally certified through the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy and is licensed to practice in Georgia and Missouri.   Sandy has over 15 years of experience working in school systems, private clinics, long term care, hospitals, and academia.

Sandy's areas of expertise include school system practice, fine motor development, handwriting, visual perception, and motor development. She enjoys working with children of all abilities and strives to make each treatment session fun for the child.

Sandy is a native of Atlanta and is married to Ron Lykins.  





Hi! My name is Patricia Parekh, and I am thrilled to introduce myself as a new team member at Kid's Creek! I just moved to the Johns Creek area from Jacksonville, Florida with my husband and my two young girls. I am a board certified Speech-Language Pathologist with more than 13 years of experience in pediatric therapy. I have gained experience working in a variety of settings including private practice, private school setting, home health and early intervention, and have completed a variety of continuing education coursework including: Deborah Beckman Oral Motor Therapy, Kaufman Apraxia Treatment, and a myriad of coursework related to cochlear implant habilitation. My main areas of expertise are auditory-aural cochlear implant rehabilitation, developmental apraxia of speech, early intervention, and receptive and expressive language delays. I love stretching my creativity and trying to expand my role beyond the traditional definition of speech therapist. While working in the private school setting I was able to develop and teach toddler, preschool, and music classes for children with speech and language disorders. I am also a firm believer in parent education and training as a key part of the therapy process.

Continuing education and professional growth is a huge focus of mine, and I am so excited to have the opportunity to work with and learn from the team of highly knowledgeable therapists at Kid's Creek!

Bethany Bearden

Attended the training "Clinical Assessment And Practical Interventions for Praxis: from Ideation to Execution" by Theresa May-Benson.

She learned about what praxis is, the neurology of praxis, assessment of praxis, intervention for ideation, motor planning, and bilateral coordination/projected action sequences.

She learned more about how to assess and help children become better with praxis or motor planning.
Therapy Articles

Occupational Therapy Article
Motor Planning Activities at Home

Speech Therapy Article
Tips for a Successful IEP Meeting

Physical Therapy Article
Five Ways to Keep Physical Therapy Going Over School Breaks

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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