Paul is our Director of Development and Lead Occupational Therapist. After high school, he enlisted in the US Army. Following basic training at Ft. Dix, he was stationed at Ft. Eustis, Virginia where he became a Chinook Helicopter Mechanic. After graduation, he hoped to be transferred to an Army post in Hawaii, but instead was sent north to Alaska! While serving in below freezing temperatures, Paul was asked to go on a ‘special duty’ assignment! He was intrigued and was told to report to the gym on post to learn how to be a lifeguard -in Alaska! He pursued on further to obtain his WSI (water safety instructor) license and taught kids how to swim as a part time job while still working on helicopters as his main duty. Paul swam daily and enjoyed working with the kids! After serving a four-year tour with the military and being honorably discharged, he was encouraged to become an occupational therapist by his brother who was studying to be a physical therapist. After transferring his college credits from the University of Alaska, Paul earned his degree as an occupational therapist and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of New England in 1995.
As related to Pediatrics, Paul has extensive clinical expertise in Sensory Processing Disorder, sensory assessments and treatment applications to also include: therapeutic feeding; splinting; wheelchair assessments; NDT (Neuro-developmental Treatment); PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation); Rood Technique; manual therapies; ‘Wilbarger Protocol’, Brain Gym®, assistive technologies and general occupational performance applications.
Paul is a teacher/encourager at his core and is using his education as well as his passion in the development of the staff here at Sprout Pediatrics. Paul also is our new hire contact and is responsible for interviewing and mentoring all of our new staff. Paul believes the employees at Sprout Pediatrics are a dynamically growing, innovative team of highly skilled and caring therapists seeking to obtain the highest potential as clinicians as well as for service delivery for the families they reach.
Paul shares, “For the first time in my career as an occupational therapist, I feel at home at Sprout Pediatrics as I am challenged to better myself as a professional and as a person on a daily basis with the potential to grow within this company! Sprout employs a group of like-minded therapists who enjoy sharing ideas ranging from the newly graduated therapists to the most seasoned therapists. This unique ‘team’ culture encourages me to become part of a ‘bigger picture’ and empowers me to perform at my best as a pediatric early intervention OT. Not only do I get to ‘play’ all day, I have the great opportunity to become a part of many families lives while helping children with various needs maximize their potential for function and independence. I believe the greatest reward for helping children achieve their greatest potential helps me to achieve my greatest accomplishment in life!”
Paul and his wife, Jennifer, have been married for 7 years. He says, “It seems like just yesterday we were sitting on the dock at camp when I asked Jennifer to marry me!” Paul brings a unique understanding and knowledge to each family that he sees as he also has two kids with special needs. Brady is getting ready for college next year studying to be a nurse practitioner; Riley, who has Autism, just entered into the ninth grade special education program. He thoroughly loves animals and plans to work at the zoo after high school graduation. Halley, who has ADHD, is in the fourth grade and loves gymnastics and walking the dogs in the neighborhood. They all enjoy trips to Maine, hiking, biking, cruises, living in South Carolina and going to their local church. They have two pets: Sgt. Pepper the tiger cat, and Molly the orange dog.
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!
“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.
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.
It has been said that it takes a village to raise a child and it is perhaps never more true than in the life of a family with a special needs child.
At Sprout Pediatrics our core beliefs are founded in the belief that we can achieve the Lord’s mandate in Matthews 25:14-28, to reach the potential He has placed in each of us. We believe that in our partnership with families and resources within the community we can achieve success in this high calling.
A majority of my 17 year career as a Physical Therapist have been focused on function and the home environment. My passion has always been to use what we have within our immediate environment to improve function. As it pertains to very young children this results in more family involvement and education as well increased active participation by the child because they are familiar with their surroundings.
We are of the belief that a variety of interventions bring the best outcomes. As a result we are always looking for new and innovative ways to redefine Pediatric treatment. This has resulted in products such as Cuddlecraft, Speechflix and Community Hotspots that are all unique to our organization.
Because information is now so readily available through social media and the internet we attempt to filter and provide good information to our families. This is accomplished through our facebook, twitter and pinterest pages. Please feel free to ask questions or participate in our ongoing discussion on those pages. Your experiences are unique and matter to us:
Rhyno Coetsee PT
Founder and Physical Therapist