Issue: # 10
July 2013

Dear Kid's Creek Families,


July comes in with a Bang! with fireworks and celebrations galore. We hope that you were able to enjoy time with family and friends on the 4th! Celebrating the Independence Day of America stirs with emotions of thanksgiving, blessings and fun gatherings. 

Beyond the independence of our country, do you know what being independent means? 

2013 Merriam-Webster dictionary (on-line) offers these entries to ponder...

Main Entry: in-deĚpenĚdent 

Pronunciation: \ˌin-də-ˈpen-dənt\

Function: adjective

1) not dependent; (2) not subject to control by others : self-governing. (3) not requiring or relying on something else  (4)  not requiring or relying on others (as for care or livelihood; (5) showing a desire for freedom <an independent manner> 


You see, at Kids Creek Independence is a goal for every patient we see. We ponder, plan, and pursue independence for our patient's every single day. One child's abilities to demonstrate being independent will look different from another's. But each step toward that goal is celebrated no less. 



As we start counting down the days of summer (much to our children's dismay), what are your personal goals of independence that you want your child t

o reach? Communicate them openly and frequently with your child's therapist(s). Let's cheer one another on as we work together toward that result. Who knows? Maybe we will even celebrate with a sparkler or two! 


  Melanie McGriff                      Silvia Herstik 

Owner/Clinical Director       Owner/Operations Director 



Featured Article

Kevin is an eight-year old inspiration for all of us at Kids Creek.  He has been coming for physical therapy and occupational therapy since he was a kid!  Thank you, Kevin, for sharing your story and inspiring all of us to dream big, practice hard, and celebrate life even when it may be difficult sometimes.  You're my inspiration.


 Please see Kevin's story and the website that he and his family built to encourage others. 


Karolee PT


ZeroQuit - Never give up your dreams!
ZeroQuit - Never give up your dreams!



What's going on at Kid's Creek?

Tax Free 

August 10th, 2013


Kids Creek's

 1st Annual Tax Free Weekend Event

Take Advantage of the Savings!!

Bring your Kids for a morning of Fun, Friendship and Learning on Saturday August 10th from 9am-12pm! This event is FREE and open to current Kid's Creek patients but space is limited. Sign up by August 1st to make sure your child gets a spot!

In appreciation of all that you
 do as parents of our wonderful patients, We wanted to offer a morning for you to go out and take advantage of the back to school savings during tax free weekend! While you are out shopping, your kids will have a BLAST engaging in a variety of gross motor games, sensory exploration, fine motor crafts, and speech, language and social skills activities with the therapists they already know and love!

 Take a look and let us know what you think: 


Patient Results

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

Staff News
JOurdanJourdan Kluger is a staff speech-language pathologist at Kid's Creek. She earned her bachelor and master degrees from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. Jourdan has experience working in hospitals, pediatric outpatient rehab facilities, private practices, home settings and in the schools. Working with the pediatric population has become Jourdan's true passion. While completing her externship, clinical fellowship and during her first years as a fully certified speech-language pathologist, Jourdan has focused her work on early intervention with children ages birth to three. Jourdan has a keen appreciation for the value that early intervention provides in a child's life, and is proud to work closely with children and their families. Additionally, Jourdan has worked closely with children with autism and sensory processing disorders and has developed a great interest in feeding therapy. Jourdan has provided feeding therapy evaluations and therapy for children in home settings, childcare facilities, and pediatric offices. 

Jourdan is certified by the American Speech Language Hearing Association and is licensed by the Georgia State Board of Examiners in Speech and Language Pathology and Audiology. She has been trained in the SOS approach to feeding and will earn certification in December 2013.

Jourdan is passionate about her work and takes pride in the close relationships she forms with both the children and families she works with. Jourdan is excited to join the Kid's Creek family!




Therapy Articles

Surviving 4th of July Fireworks

Camp Mom!

Parent Resources

Resource Links

Who do you know that needs our help? Let them know offer FREE CONSULTATIONS and SCREENINGS. 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! 

Please Note:  The views and advice expressed in articles, videos and other pieces published in this newsletter are not necessarily the views and advice of Kid's Creek or its employees but rather that of the author.  Kid's Creek is not endorsing or implying agreement with the views or advice contained therein, rather presenting them for the independent analysis and information of its readers.