Meet Ray: Our Lead Pediatric Physical Therapist

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Rhyno Coetsee, CEO   Lead Physical Therapist

Rhyno Coetsee, CEO
Lead Physical Therapist

Rhyno (Ray) is the founder of Sprout Pediatrics and Chief Executive officer as well as our lead Physical Therapist.  Rhyno attended the College of Charleston and later transferred to the Medial University of South Carolina and graduated with his BSPT degree in 1996.  Most recently, Rhyno completed an aquatics therapy course and an adaptive equipment review with Rifton Equipment Company. He enjoys growing professionally as a part of a PT/OT think tank that discusses current topics in therapy on a monthly basis and collaborating with other clinicians on difficult cases.

Rhyno has vast experience in the home setting for many populations. In recent years has worked on developing aquatic systems for the early intervention population and creating adaptive wellness programs for children through our Sproutfit awareness campaign. Though a working relationship with the YMCA he was named 2013 Volunteer of the year and is currently initiating transition and inclusion  programs for children with special needs into their youth team sports and lesson programs. This program continues to be in a pilot phase as we start support groups, club meetings, adaptive wellness opportunities and respite services for families of children with special needs in a cost neutral way.

Rhyno shares, “I love seeing children and their parents take joy in small successes as they work towards functions that typically developing children achieve automatically. I enjoy the challenges and uniqueness of each family and home environment allowing me to be creative with their environment and using the resources in their community to make therapy natural. Kids make me feel like a hero with their excitement as they greet me at the door.”

“As the founder of Sprout Pediatrics I have always shrived to lead our organization to help each child and family experience the hope of a full life. During the early stages of this quest we developed a culture of innovation among our employees through technology and equipment and generated new opportunities for wellness and aquatics to become a diverse and impactful organization.”

Rhyno is married to his beautiful wife Melanie for 15 years. She is Sprout Pediatrics lead Speech Language Pathologist.  They have 3 boys ages 4, 8 and 10.  Rhyno enjoy sports, reading and spending quality time with his family.

The Food Behavior Connection

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Jennifer Tardy Administrative Assistant jennifer@sproutpeds.com

Jennifer Tardy
Administrative Assistant
jennifer@sproutpeds.com

Challenger Club is sponsored by the The North West Family YMCA.  They host monthly meetings for families who have children with special needs.  This month the topic is about the connection between the food we eat and behavior. Jennifer will cover topics such as how to make eating healthy, affordable, and fun. She will explain how to read labels, what food ingredients to avoid, and how healthy eating will allow you to see an improvement in negative behaviors.  Jennifer’s life experience as a parent of 2 special needs children, coupled with her formal education, promise to make this month’s meeting rewarding for anyone who attends!

Jennifer is an experienced Certified Holistic Health Coach, having a passion for nutrition that goes back almost 20 years working in health-related fields. She currently works with families and children of all ages and stages to educate, inspire, and encourage healthy habits that will last a lifetime through her business, East Coast Food Snob.  Jennifer also works part-time with Sprout Pediatrics LLC as a Referral and Information Specialist, will soon be Board Certified through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, and is a full-time student majoring in Business Administration.

Please feel free to share this post with your friends on Facebook and other Social Media outlets! Childcare will also be provided for this event! The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm.

Flyer for Challenger Club Jan. 22! Please Share!

Next Month’s Meeting

February 19
The speaker in February will be Kim Conant, a special needs nurse for Palmetto Pediatrics, who take care of 1,000 families in the Midlands. She is highly respected in our community and has helped many parents of special needs get necessary services over the past 20 years!

Our Own Jennifer Tardy to Speak on The Food Behavior Connection Jan. 22nd! Don’t Miss it!

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Jennifer Tardy Administrative Assistant jennifer@sproutpeds.com

Jennifer Tardy
Referral & Information Specialist
jennifer@sproutpeds.com

Challenger Club is sponsored by the The North West Family YMCA.  They host monthly meetings for families who have children with special needs.  This month the topic is about the connection between the food we eat and behavior. Jennifer will cover topics such as how to make eating healthy, affordable, and fun. She will explain how to read labels, what food ingredients to avoid, and how healthy eating will allow you to see an improvement in negative behaviors.  Jennifer’s life experience as a parent of 2 special needs children, coupled with her formal education, promise to make this month’s meeting rewarding for anyone who attends!

Jennifer is an experienced Certified Holistic Health Coach, having a passion for nutrition that goes back almost 20 years working in health-related fields. She currently works with families and children of all ages and stages to educate, inspire, and encourage healthy habits that will last a lifetime through her business, East Coast Food Snob.  Jennifer also works part-time with Sprout Pediatrics LLC as a Referral and Information Specialist, will soon be Board Certified through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, and is a full-time student majoring in Business Administration.

Please feel free to share this post with your friends on Facebook and other Social Media outlets! Childcare will also be provided for this event! The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm.

Flyer for Challenger Club Jan. 22! Please Share!

Next Month’s Meeting

February 19
The speaker in February will be Kim Conant, a special needs nurse for Palmetto Pediatrics, who take care of 1,000 families in the Midlands. She is highly respected in our community and has helped many parents of special needs get necessary services over the past 20 years!

Welcome to 2015: Pediatric Therapy in Columbia, S.C.!

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We at Sprout Pediatrics are excited for a new year! A new year is a new beginning.  A time to start again.  A time to start something new.  A time to start fresh! While we at Sprout Pediatrics are always improving and expanding our company, we thought sharing out mission statement and why we chose specific words in the mission statement would help you understand our core values as a company as well as individuals!

Rhyno and Melanie co-treating with Steven!

Rhyno and Melanie co-treating with Steven!

“Sprout Pediatrics exists to cultivate hope in children and their families for a full life experience by surrounding them with innovative therapy, engaging education and connection within their community.”

Sprout Pediatrics began in April of 2012 and over the past few years, developed the mission statement above.  We choose to spend time and effort in developing those three key components: innovative therapy, engaging education and connection within the community.  You see, we don’t want to float from house to house and just deliver therapy. No! We want to deliver innovative therapy! Therapy that engages the clients we serve, as well as educate their families and other professionals we work alongside.  We also want to help families see the opportunities and places within our community that will also stretch and develop our clients.  After all, the end goal is a child who graduates from therapy and is filled with hope for a full life experience in the world around them!

So as we begin a new year, we are beginning something new! Actually, several somethings new!

  • We have a new office with a place for therapy! We’ll share more about this in the weeks to come.
  • We also are partnering with the YMCA of the Midlands to continue encouraging children to get #Sproutfit by being a part of sports team. The Challenger league is especially designed for kids who might need a “buddy coach” to help them participate with typical kids playing soccer, basketball and baseball.
  • The YMCA is also hosting a monthly meeting with speakers who will share specific information for families who have children with special needs.  We’ll post specific topics and dates soon!
  • Milestone Monday will be a blog we post monthly but highlight all through the month on Monday’s! We’ll share typical milestones, things you can do to encourage development and give you an opportunity to ask questions.

We hope you will follow us on Facebook, Linked In, Instagram and Twitter as we share success stories and educate through each of these social media outlets.  Let’s make it a great year!

How to Lock your Toddler’s Ipad using Guided Access!

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Matthew Keisler weight bearing in his stander while enjoying his ipad!

Matthew Keisler weight bearing in his stander while enjoying his ipad!

Let’s face it! While the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no child under two should be using any devices or viewing screens of any kind, they are! As parents we use phones, iPads and televisions to occupy these little ones daily. Children as young as two can navigate an iPhone to pull up a parents photos and scan through them like a pro! However as quickly as they learn to navigate our devices, they learn to touch the home button and exit out of apps. If this is a problem for you, follow these easy steps below to use guided access on your I devices.

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Teenage Boy with Autism Discovers the YMCA 5K is Fun!

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Last year Sprout Pediatrics started something new…well we started three something news! Pardon the grammar, but we are thrilled to share what last years Pumpkin Run birthed! First of all it was our first time partnering with the Northwest Family YMCA to sponsor a race.  It was fun to encourage folks to be part of our team and be active.  Our desire is to see everyone being active and ultimately healthy!  Second, it was the launch of being #Sproutfit.  Our hash tag was introduced and we intended to use it to highlight Adaptive fitness in and around the Midlands.  While we did that, something bigger is happening! We realized that being #Sproutfit is about being healthy physically, mentally, socially and emotionally.  Our organization wants encourage all aspects of healthy living so #Sproutfit is much broader than we originally intended!

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NorthWest Family YMCA Pumkin Run 5K and Kids Fun Run

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Hi Friends of Sprout!

It is that time again when we are creating a team to participate in the NW YMCA Pumpkin Run! Sprout Pediatrics once again is a sponsor for this great race that involves the whole family and includes a 5K run/walk ($20) and a kids fun run ($10 and less than a mile long). Last year our team had 100 participants from ages 2 to 70 including adults and children with disabilities doing the kids fun run with a chaperone. Our goal was to create a buzz through our #Sproutfit campaign for more inclusion, adaptive sports and programming. Did we ever! We had a great turn out and some heartwarming stories that followed.

Throughout this past year, we have met with the NW YMCA branch to develop plans and are very close to making some big announcements that will focus on serving families with special needs in our community with intentional programming! We have initiated a pilot program this fall that allows four children with special needs to participate in a regular soccer league with the aid of a volunteer called a Buddy!

Your participation in the race will help us move towards our goal to birth this program that will be funded by donors and events such as the Pumpkin Run.

Our goal for this year’s race is a team with 200 members made up by children and adults able and challenged. Sprout Pediatrics is committing additional funds that will be earmarked for this programming! Will you help us?

THE DEADLINE TO SIGN UP IS OCTOBER 10TH
We are creating Team Sprout stickers for race day to designate our team this year.  Hope to see you all there!!

Instructions to sign up with Team Sprout for the 2014 Pumpkin Run:
-Go to: http://www.strictlyrunning.com/gpscrlgnReg-9f.asp
-Click on YMCA Northwest Pumpkin Run, first, last name and date of birth
-Click on Group Registration and add to an existing group/team
-Click on Team Sprout and enter Captain name/email “rhyno77@gmail.com”
-Fill out your personal information and choose 5k run, 5k walk or kid fun run (if you are doing this with your young child as a helper you only need to register the child), T-shirt size
-Go to the next screen and pay to check out.

Thanks again for your support in this endeavor!

Sprout Pediatrics: On a mission!

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"Cultivating hope in children & families for a full life experience!"

“Cultivating hope in children & families for a full life experience!”

Sprout Pediatrics exists to cultivate hope in children and their families for a full life experience by surrounding them with  innovative therapy, education and connection within their community.

 

 It has been said that necessity is the mother of all invention and this is very true for an organization such as ours. For this reason we press the refresh button every once in a while to evaluate our purpose and path to successfully help children and their families with complex challenges.

For some time we have been trying to refine our mission statement as a reflection of our vision in an attempt to shape our organizational identity.

Starting with the end in mind, we strive towards a full life experience for our clients and their families to meet their full potential not just in therapy outcomes, but in living life to its fullest purpose and pleasure despite a possible disability.

In this endeavor it is easy to recognize that we are in a marathon and not a sprint. We often see families get tired, give up, become isolated and feel hopeless. If we are going to be successful, the tools we use must cultivate hope by using a more comprehensive approach through a variety of tools including innovative therapy, education and community connection.

As we continue to grow and develop our conventional therapy skills in the natural setting we are looking for new ways to innovate and educate our staff to achieve better outcomes. We believe by adding wellness opportunities through our relationship with organizations such as the YMCA we can transition children from a “staged” setting of activity into a more organic setting of activity that will create healthy habits for a lifetime. Additional benefits include socialization and community connection for child and family that will be supplemented through parent support groups that we are creating in partnership with the YMCA. Future plans will involve inclusion of children in regular activities through a “buddy” volunteer system wherever possible before delving into creating programs specially designed for people with developmental disabilities into early adulthood.

By investing time and effort in our social media outlets we hope to develop opportunities to educate and connect parents with each other and our staff in a way that does more than just disseminate information. We hope to be a vehicle for the exchange of ideas between families and amongst clinicians as we develop our clinical think tanks as well as screening services to the general public.

As we conclude our assessment, we feel affirmed in our plans that we must pursue a multi-tool approach for the best outcomes possible. Some of these tools are billable and some must be benevolent with the help of our community in order to make them cost effective. In the end, we believe that a full life is to be experienced by child, family and our organization alike and I can’t wait to see how it all plays out!

 

Will you join us?

Rhyno Coetsee PT, CEO

 

 

South Carolina Families with Special Needs Children May Qualify for Property Tax Exemption!

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Hunter is all boy! His limited vision isn't holding him back.

Hunter is all boy! His limited vision isn’t holding him back.

 

Gotta a great little piece of information for all you parents out there! If you live in the state of South Carolina and have a child with special needs, you may qualify for property tax exemption on the vehicle you use to transport your child.  Specifically this exemption applies to parents who own or lease a car and whose child is legally blind or uses a wheelchair.  Click here for the direct link to the South Carolina Department of Revenue’s website.  This section answers many specific ways others may qualify for exemption as well.

 

A detailed instructions sheet is provided here and will tell you specifically how to fill out the application and what you will need from your child’s primary physician.  This exemption only applies to one family vehicle and cannot be applied to step parents or foster parents.  Click here for the two page application you will need to complete and take to the tax assessor’s office in your county.  If your child would qualify for these benefits in previous years, you may also want to appeal past property tax bills by having your physician provide documentation of the date of diagnosis on his or her letter head and take that with you to the assessor’s office to determine if there is any refund available to your family.

Please feel free to share with your friends on Facebook and Twitter!  Every little bit of savings helps and allows families to use this money in other areas of importance.

Sensory Processing Disorder? Top 7 Toys You Must have!

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If you have a little one with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) or sensory needs, you may be curious to know what items are most recommended by Occupational Therapist’s who create sensory diets for children who need sensory input.  For an extensive website on everything sensory, please check out the Sensory Processing Disorder Website.  As we have worked for many years with a variety of clients who have varying degrees of sensory needs, we have found these to be the most effective.  Below are 7 of our favorite items that are economical and user friendly to most families.

A swing which is easily assembled and installed in a home door frame is an easy way to calm a child who is out of sorts.

1.  LaSiesta Joki Crows Nest Soft Hammock Fabric Swing

An easy back and forth motion will have a calming affect on many children.

An easy back and forth motion will have a calming affect on many children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You may also enjoy reading a book byAngie Voss, OTR entitled Understanding your Child’s Sensory Signals: APractical Daily Use Guide for Parents and Teachers.  

2.  An Indoor Trampoline

Up and Down movements are very soothing for a child with sensory needs.

Up and Down movements are very soothing for a child with sensory needs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As your child ages, you may find a full size outdoor trampoline is more conducive to their size and weight.

3.  A Sit and Spin

If they enjoy things that spin, car wheels or fans, they will enjoy this too!

If they enjoy things that spin, car wheels or fans, they will enjoy this too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.  A Sensory Seat

For when they have the wiggles, this tends to calm them.

For when they have the wiggles, this tends to calm them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.  A Sensory Brush for use with the Wilbarger Brushing Protocol

Brushing helps reduce tactile defensiveness, but there is a specific method.  Please consult an OT before using for maximum benefit.

Brushing helps reduce tactile defensiveness, but there is a specific method. Please consult an OT before using for maximum benefit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.  The Ark Grabber

For chewing, grinding and a fidget toy!

For chewing, grinding and a fidget toy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the most vigorous of chewers, ARK offers the XXT (extra, extra tough) blue grabber!

7.  Green Horse Hopper

For vestibular input and an up and down movement this toy is perfect.  Deep squeezes are helpful too!

For vestibular input and an up and down movement this toy is perfect. Deep squeezes are helpful too!