Spotlight on Heroes

    Family First Speech Therapy and Kids Connect Occupational Therapy opened their doors in June and are excited to be serving many families throughout the Greater Houston area.  Vanessa Chan-Felcman, MA, CCC, SLP, founder of Family First Speech, and Michelle Reed, OTR/L, founder of Kids Connect OT, have a combined experience of nearly 30 years treating young children with developmental delays and provide a multidisciplinary approach to treatment.

    Van3199 In October, the clinic participated in the Walk Now for Autism Speaks event and raised over $1200.00 for the Autism Speaks organization!  Kids Connect OT and Family First Speech have also partnered with The Down Syndrome Association of Houston to provide a free monthly, hands-on clinic for parents and their children with Down Syndrome from the ages of six to eighteen months.  It is a clinic focusing on educating parents about the roles speech and occupational therapies play during the early years of development and will provide tangible, take-home ideas for parents to start integrating into their homes.

    Family First and Kids Connect use the DIR/Floortime approach for treatment, a specialized form of therapy that closely looks at each child

    and family as a unique unit and focuses on building meaningful relationships with family, loved ones, and peers.  This state-of-the-art facility is a place where families are an integral piece of the puzzle, therapists form special bonds with their clients, and  where caregivers come to learn about their child, how to read their cues and effectively communicate with them.

    Michelle Reed says, “Focusing on the whole child is what we are really doing here and you can’t do that without working with the family.  We are building a team of therapists that enjoy coming to work, keep updated on the most recent treatment options, and love watching the children grow and develop.  There is nothing more rewarding than watching a child start to initiate interactions and share their desires and interests with their parents.  It’s all about finding what motivates them. ”

    At the Family First and Kids Connect clinic, three of the rooms are equipped with custom built, inviting overhead structures that have several swinging configurations, zip lines, monkey bars, and rock climbing walls.  The largest room even has a two-story castle structure for the kids to explore, a slide coming down from the second story, and a jumping deck down into a ball pit.  This equipment has very specific therapeutic benefits, but with the vibrant colors and magical castle theme, the children forget they are there for treatment.  To them, they are in an inviting and magical environment.

    What we find so inspiring is the passion that Vanessa, Michelle, and the entire staff bring to the treatmentVan3179process. At a time when focusing on doing what is best for patients sometimes falls victim to bottom line worries, Family First and Kids Connect have vowed to always lead with their hearts and the patient’s best interest in mind. They make a phenomenal difference in so many lives everyday. It is truly a remarkable organization that inspires us to do right by our clients and lead with our hearts in all that we do.

     

    To learn more about the facility, please contact:

     

    Vanessa Felcman

    Family First Speech Therapy, LLC

    805 Rhode Place Suite 350

    Houston, TX 77019

    Phone: 713-522-8880

    Email: vanessa@familyfirstspeech.com

    www.familyfirstspeech.com

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    Michelle Reed

    Kids Connect Occupational Therapy, LLC

    805 Rhode Place Suite 350

    Houston, TX 77019

    Phone: 713-522-8880

    Email: mreed@kidsconnectot.com

    www.kidsconnectot.com

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