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RightStart Therapy Services https://rightstarttherapykids.com Pediatric Speech and Occupational Therapy in Snellville, GA, and Athens, GA serving the greater Gwinnett and Clarke County Areas Mon, 20 Sep 2021 13:35:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.36 Therapy Looks A Lot Like Play… Here’s Why https://rightstarttherapykids.com/therapy-looks-a-lot-like-play-heres-why/ https://rightstarttherapykids.com/therapy-looks-a-lot-like-play-heres-why/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2020 20:54:29 +0000 http://rightstarttherapykids.com/?p=1691 If you’ve ever seen your child’s speech-language or occupational therapy session, you might have noticed that it looked a lot like “playing”. In fact, pediatric speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists almost always include some sort of toy, game, or other play-based activity during their sessions with children, often times in combination with more direct-instructional learning […]

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If you’ve ever seen your child’s speech-language or occupational therapy session, you might have noticed that it looked a lot like “playing”.

In fact, pediatric speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists almost always include some sort of toy, game, or other play-based activity during their sessions with children, often times in combination with more direct-instructional learning styles.

Parents may be confused by this, because after all, the long-held traditional approach to learning is much more lecture-based—the adult speaks, the child listens.

For young children, traditional approaches may not be the single best strategy, due to attention difficulties and increased energy.

It’s very hard for children to “sit still and listen”, which is one of the reasons why therapists “play” in their sessions—since play is engaging and interesting to children, he or she will be more likely to participate, and consequently, learn!

Why else is play a good idea? It teaches children to build positive interactions with others, improves their attention, and creates opportunities to practice socialization.

Play can also teach children about functional and relational concepts (i.e. a brush is used to comb hair), how to follow directions and abide by rules, team and partner-building, body-awareness, and problem-solving.

For example, if your child has an interest in art, a speech or occupational therapist might use this as a learning opportunity—the session may include an art-craft that also includes speech, language, or occupational demands (i.e. naming, learning how to use a paintbrush, etc.).

There’s also evidence that supports that children demonstrate less negative behaviors during interesting and motivating activities.

There are so many ways to create an enriched learning environment for your child by focusing on his or her interests—after all, it’s how children relate to the world and their environment.

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What You Need to Know About Milestones https://rightstarttherapykids.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-milestones/ https://rightstarttherapykids.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-milestones/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2020 21:56:39 +0000 http://rightstarttherapykids.com/?p=1684 As they grow older, your child will begin to develop skills like crawling, walking, smiling, and waving! These are called developmental milestones. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), developmental milestones “are things most children can do by a certain age”. Milestones aren’t necessarily “set in stone”, but are predicted age ranges […]

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Developmental Milestones

As they grow older, your child will begin to develop skills like crawling, walking, smiling, and waving! These are called developmental milestones.

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), developmental milestones “are things most children can do by a certain age”. Milestones aren’t necessarily “set in stone”, but are predicted age ranges to expect a certain skill.

Tracking milestones and discussing them with your child’s pediatrician is a great way to stay on top of his or her development, and to identify potential delays that may require additional services for support.

We created a speech & language developmental milestone chart for you to download and share with other parents and caregivers.

>> Click here to view the milestone chart! <<

Sometimes, it can be difficult to tell if your child is meeting his or her milestones like most of the other children their age—so don’t do it alone. Click here to schedule your child’s free screening with one of our competent speech-language pathologists, in Snellville or Athens!

Have questions? Email us at info@rightstarttherapykids.com, or fill out a contact form to get in touch ASAP.

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Coronavirus: Updates and Changes https://rightstarttherapykids.com/coronavirus-updates-and-changes/ https://rightstarttherapykids.com/coronavirus-updates-and-changes/#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2020 19:29:15 +0000 http://rightstarttherapykids.com/?p=1572 Please read this entire page for information on tele-therapy, in-office availabilities and procedures, as well as altered hours of opening. During this time of challenge and uncertainty, we here at RightStart Therapy are all doing our absolute best to continue to serve our families as we all adjust to our new normal. At this time, […]

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Please read this entire page for information on tele-therapy, in-office availabilities and procedures, as well as altered hours of opening.

During this time of challenge and uncertainty, we here at RightStart Therapy are all doing our absolute best to continue to serve our families as we all adjust to our new normal.

At this time, and until further notice, we have implemented several restrictions to observe social distancing and to maintain health & safety during these unprecedented times.

RightStart families can choose between the two options:

  1. Tele-therapy services
  2. In-Office Treatment (limited availability; see below for details)

Tele-therapy

Tele-therapy is the use of communication technology to deliver evaluative, consultative, and therapeutic services. It involves the use of real-time video and audio through web-based devices—mobile phones, iPad’s, laptops, and computers.

RightStart Therapy uses Theraplatform—a fully integrated, secure, HIPAA-compliant tele-therapy and practice management software—to deliver online services (click here to learn more about the software).

There is ample research that supports the effectiveness of tele-therapy, suggesting that it is a great alternative to in-person therapy. If you are interested in scheduling tele-therapy appointments for speech and/or occupational therapy, click here to contact us.

In-Office Treatment

We are now partially reopened for in-office treatment! For returning RightStart families, please understand that not all therapists are available for in-office treatment at this time, however, we have the ability to schedule your child with another qualified therapist in those cases.

We have put together new policies and procedures for the best interest of everyone. Please click here to read the new guidelines in place, and understand that if you wish to come to the office for therapy you will be asked to initial and sign an agreement of understanding these new policies and procedures before we can schedule any therapy sessions.

Our main priority is keeping everyone healthy and safe!

New Opening Hours

Snellville Office

In Office Hours: Monday & Thursday, 8:30am-5:30pm

Telehealth: Monday – Friday, hours vary

Athens Office

In Office Hours: Monday & Thursday, 8:30am-5:30pm

Telehealth: Monday – Friday, hours vary

Contact Us

Due to limited office availability, the fastest and best way to contact us is through email or by filling out an online contact form.

Email us: info@rightstarttherapykids.com

Fill out a contact form by clicking here

 

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RightStart Adds Second Pediatric Speech Therapy Location in Athens, GA https://rightstarttherapykids.com/rightstart-adds-second-pediatric-speech-therapy-location-in-athens-ga/ https://rightstarttherapykids.com/rightstart-adds-second-pediatric-speech-therapy-location-in-athens-ga/#comments Mon, 30 Apr 2018 14:02:33 +0000 http://rightstarttherapykids.com/?p=1539 We are thrilled to announce our second location for Pediatric Speech Therapy is now open in Athens, GA! Convenient to Landmark Hospital, Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center, the University of Georgia Health Sciences Campus and other Athens amenities, RightStart Therapy Services in Athens, GA is designed to serve the needs of the greater Clarke County […]

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We are thrilled to announce our second location for Pediatric Speech Therapy is now open in Athens, GA! Convenient to Landmark Hospital, Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center, the University of Georgia Health Sciences Campus and other Athens amenities, RightStart Therapy Services in Athens, GA is designed to serve the needs of the greater Clarke County community.

After a seeing an increase in the number of families looking for experienced Pediatric Speech therapists from cities east of our Snellville location such as Monroe, Watkinsville, Jefferson, and Bethlehem, adding a location that could serve those families became a top priority.

RightStart Therapy Services in Athens, GA offers Pediatric Speech Therapy, while RightStart Therapy Services in Snellville, GA continues to offer Pediatric Speech Therapy and Pediatric Occupational Therapy.

For more information about our Athens, GA location, call (770) 609-6295.
For more information about our Snellville, GA location, call (770) 995-9600.

Visit our Locations page for map and directions.

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2016 Autism Speaks Walk https://rightstarttherapykids.com/2016-autism-speaks-walk/ https://rightstarttherapykids.com/2016-autism-speaks-walk/#comments Fri, 18 Mar 2016 16:36:43 +0000 http://rightstarttherapykids.com/?p=1411   Gearing up for the 2016 Walk!  Join our team or support us by making a donation! Our goal is to raise over $1500.00! While you’re at the Walk stop by our booth at the resource fair for games and prizes!  Other vendors will also be on hand to provide your family with information about […]

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Gearing up for the 2016 Walk!  Join our team or support us by making a donation! Our goal is to raise over $1500.00!

While you’re at the Walk stop by our booth at the resource fair for games and prizes!  Other vendors will also be on hand to provide your family with information about support and services in the Atlanta area!

http://www.autismspeakswalk.org/faf/r.asp?t=12&i=1150050&g=6605844&faf=1&e=8664300885

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RightStart is Growing! https://rightstarttherapykids.com/rightstart-is-growing/ https://rightstarttherapykids.com/rightstart-is-growing/#comments Thu, 22 Oct 2015 00:30:13 +0000 http://rightstarttherapykids.com/?p=1379 We are currently looking to expand our talented team of professional Speech-Language Pathologists and Occupational Therapists in our Snellville, GA clinic. SLPs and OTs looking for job positions serving Gwinnett, Snellville, Loganville, Lawrenceville, Grayson, Stone Mountain and Lilburn can learn more about RightStart and submit a resume on our careers page.

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We are currently looking to expand our talented team of professional Speech-Language Pathologists and Occupational Therapists in our Snellville, GA clinic. SLPs and OTs looking for job positions serving Gwinnett, Snellville, Loganville, Lawrenceville, Grayson, Stone Mountain and Lilburn can learn more about RightStart and submit a resume on our careers page.

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South West GA Buddy Walk https://rightstarttherapykids.com/south-west-ga-buddy-walk/ https://rightstarttherapykids.com/south-west-ga-buddy-walk/#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 07:43:27 +0000 http://rightstarttherapykids.com/?p=943 The Buddy Walk® was established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. Walk Date: Oct 4, 2014 Walk Time: 10:00 AM Walk Name: South West GA Buddy Walk Address Legacy Park Old Pretoria Rd. Albany, […]

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The Buddy Walk® was established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.

Walk Date:
Oct 4, 2014
Walk Time:
10:00 AM
Walk Name:
South West GA Buddy Walk
Address
Legacy Park Old Pretoria Rd. Albany, GA
City:
Albany
State:
GA
Zip Code
31721
Country
United States
Organizer Name
Kayla Luckie
E-Mail:

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Early Intervention: “Wait and See” Is Not an Option https://rightstarttherapykids.com/early-intervention/ https://rightstarttherapykids.com/early-intervention/#comments Thu, 19 Sep 2013 20:00:07 +0000 http://babywp.dan-fisher.com/?p=277 Michael Rosanoff, Autism Speaks Associate Director of Public Health Research and Scientific Review, reponds to Dr. Max Wiznitzer’s comment on MSNBC where he urged caution before jumping to a conclusion of an autism diagnosis. Read our full coverage of the CDC’s prevalence update here. The new CDC numbers on autism prevalence are much more than just numbers.  These […]

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Michael Rosanoff, Autism Speaks Associate Director of Public Health Research and Scientific Review, reponds to Dr. Max Wiznitzer’s comment on MSNBC where he urged caution before jumping to a conclusion of an autism diagnosis.

Read our full coverage of the CDC’s prevalence update here.

The new CDC numbers on autism prevalence are much more than just numbers.  These numbers represent real people and real families.  And these numbers may still be underestimating the magnitude of the challenges being faced by our community.

Dr. Max Wiznitzer was correct when he said on Friday on MSNBC that the CDC approach to measuring prevalence relies on medical and service records.  What he failed to mention was that for this very reason, it misses those individuals with autism who have not yet been diagnosed or are not receiving the necessary medical and education services.

Thus we are still underestimating autism prevalence in the US.  In a study Autism Speaks funded in South Korea that used a direct identification approach where children in classrooms were actually screened, the prevalence of autism was 1 in 38.

Even here in the US, a study involving the CDC published last year found the parent-reported prevalence of autism was 1 in 50.  What is most concerning is not that we are underestimating the numbers, but that there are children and adults with autism in this country yet to be identified and thus not able to benefit from having access to important services.

As we have witnessed the rise in prevalence over time, scientific advancements have been made in the detection and treatment of autism.  Among the most important findings – one that we can all agree on – is that early identification and early intervention are best.  There is not a minute to lose, and minutes can feel like days, for parents who have concerns – any concerns about their child’s development.

So please, if you do have any questions or concerns speak to your pediatrician.  “Wait and see” is not an option, and if one doctor suggests it, consider seeing a second doctor.  With these new numbers, never before has awareness and education about autism been so important.

Its early warning signs, the challenges our diverse community faces, and options for treatments and supports across the lifespan.   Regardless of the numbers, there are more people affected by autism today than ever before.  Autism Speaks, every single day, strives to help improve the health and wellbeing of families and their loved ones with autism.  If you have concerns or questions, we invite you to explore the vast amount of reliable information developed in partnership with doctors, teachers, parents, and individuals with autism at www.AutismSpeaks.org.

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