Challenger Club Meeting: Kim Conant, Special Needs Coordinator

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We cannot begin to tell you how thrilled we are to have this great resource come share with all of you! She is an invaluable resource to us here at Sprout Pediatrics and I know you will learn so much if you choose to invest in attending our next Challenger meeting! So won’t you please join us at the next Challenger Club meeting located at the Northwest Family YMCA. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 19 at 6:30 pm. You will have the opportunity to form connections with other special needs families, as well as acquire resources for the special needs community. Childcare will also be provided for this event.

Kim Conant (LPN), Palmetto Pediatrics’ special needs coordinator, will be discussing how to ensure your child is receiving the care that is needed, by coordinating care with your pediatrician. Kim Conant has experience working with over 1,000 special needs families at multiple offices in the area. In addition, she also has over 20 years of experience in pediatrics and the multifaceted nature of caring for families and children with special needs.

Her position allows for one person to be the primary facilitator for the care that your child receives. Kim coordinates the care of your child with the pediatrician, as well as multiple specialists within the medical community: such a therapists and physicians. She has a vast network of community resources at her disposal! Kim will also discuss the aspects of care one should expect from his or her pediatrician, in order to create the best outcome possible for your child. A family from the community will also share their experience of working with the office over the past 7 years.

Feel free to share this information with others and we look forward to seeing you there!
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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!

Fun Equals Bronco Gait Trainer!

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Here’s Kailen showing off his newfound independence in a device called
a Bronco.  The Bronco is manufactured by Snug Seat.  Thankful for all the engineers that create such innovative products and that they know the importance of stability that allows independent mobility.  The Adaptive Mall is great resource for adaptive tools like the Bronco.  They share that the Bronco “allows upright weight bearing in a fully supported position. This gait trainer has a standard leg and foot separator that prevents “scissoring” of the legs while walking.”

We are excited for Kailen and all the fun he’s having outside playing and enjoying his new wheels!  Next goal: shooting hoops!

4 Things You Should know about the 2013 Buddy Walk for Columbia,SC!

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What?

Beginning in 1995 with only 17 Walks, the National Buddy Walk Program continues to grow and this year is set to sponsor more than 250 Walks!

When?

The Buddy Walk for the Midlands of South Carolina is in it’s 14th year of existence and is scheduled for Sunday, October 20th, 2013.  To see an actual video and schedule of the days events, click here to connect with Family Connection of South Carolina.  Event Video & Registration.

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Because last year’s walk was so well attended, the organizer’s have chosen to have this year’s Buddy Walk at Sequicentennial State Park just off Two Notch Road on the Northeast side of town! Plan to come from 1-5 pm and be prepared for a 1.5 walk to show your support for all the children and their families who live with Down Syndrome! Last year The University of South Carolina sent everyone’s favorite mascot “Cocky” to mill around and visit with all the children and adults who attended.

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Why?

The Buddy Walk was begun to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down Syndrome in their local communities.  Many participants will be wearing their “team” shirts to support the specific child they are walking to endorse and countless families have set up pages to raise funds to donate to the National Down Syndrome Association.  If you do not live in the Columbia area, you can find a walk near you by looking at this resource. “Buddy Walks by State.”

The resources raised by each participating family and team are used both Nationally and locally to continue research and the development of awareness to allow these children to reach their highest potential.  Come join the fun celebrating these children and their milestones.  It is a day filled with joy and love as we celebrate each of these individuals.