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?

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!

"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



Wellness Opportunities Critical for Children with Special Needs


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The concept of wellness has many applications in our society but for the sake of this blog, it is defined as physical activity that results in a level of fitness that impacts immediate quality of life, health over the long term and recreational benefits.  Getting children involved in sports and exercise early in life is critical.  As the old adage goes, many life skills, such as a healthy lifestyle is likely “caught rather than taught.” In a study by Rimmer, Braddock and Marks (1995) it was noted that less than 10% of adults with developmental disabilities engage in physical activity a minimum of three days a week. So parents and caregiver’s need to get out and get moving early and often to break this mindset.  Taking family walks or biking outings are a great way to get everyone off the couch and outdoors breathing fresh air and getting much needed vitamin D! Here are a few links to local parks and trails that are fun and unique!

Palmetto Trail – Hike the entire trail or just the Peak to Prosperity trail and get to cross 11 different train trestles!

Sesquicentennial State Park – Hike or bike the trails and enjoy the slides and canoeing!

Congaree National Park – Become a junior ranger! Print this book and walk and learn about all kinds of native animals.

Just because a child has a physical disability, parents and others may feel as though the child can’t play organized soccer or baseball but what studies have shown, is that while the goals of sports participation and exercise may need to be individualized for a child with a disability it can result in equal benefits compared to the general population.  Take time to find out about leagues in your area that cater to children with developmental disabilities.  Important benefits of sports and exercise include the development of self-esteem, social integration, and the learning of social and team skills. All greatly beneficial to the child with a disability.

Click here for National Adaptive Programs 

Friendships and a sense of community are forged and developed in the process of becoming well and is an unintended benefit to exercising together with peers.  If you are struggling to find organized sports leagues, why not gather up neighbors to throw frisbee with or play some relay games with on a Sunday afternoon!

Modify these relay suggestions for a fun afternoon!

Healthy Eating Plate by Harvard School of Public Health


Great picture graph for kids and parents to use as they seek to eat healthy and be healthy! Sprout Peds is hosting the upcoming Pumpkin Run at the Northwest YMCA as a way to promote healthy lifestyles for all, but we are especially encouraging people with special needs and disabilities to learn to be active early in life for a lifetime of wellness! #sproutfit #wellness

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Use a Healthy Eating Plate that are based on the latest and best science


A picture is worth a thousand words, and that’s why nutritionists use symbols and shapes to answer the question, “What should I eat?” For nearly two decades, the U.S. government distilled its nutrition advice into pyramids.

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