Children may look like little adults, but when it comes to physical, occupational and speech therapy, their needs are very different. That's the foundation upon which Midland-based Children's Therapy Corner
has been built, and it's what families can expect to find in the company's third location, which recently opened in Okemos.
"We specialize, we train, and we send our therapists to conferences on children's therapy," says Matthew Bartels, Children's Therapy Corner's Lansing director and speech and language pathologist. "Our therapists do nothing but kids, so they're really good at it."
Kids have different therapy needs, says Bartels, because unlike adults, they are both healing and growing. Though an adult may need to re-learn how to walk after an injury, a child may be learning to walk for the first time.
"It's a whole different approach," Bartels says. "It's about getting down on the floor with the kids and having fun."
The Children's Therapy Corner in Okemos opened in a 3,000 square foot Woodlake Dr. space on Aug. 19. The large space appealed to the business because of its high ceilings and ability to house climbing ropes, crashpads, swings and other equipment that offers children both fun and therapeutic benefits.
The office currently employs a staff of five. Bartels says he hopes the offices will continue to grow, offer families in the Lansing areas a kind of therapy experience, and eventually expand into a new, custom-built facility, similar to their Traverse City and Midland locations.
Source: Matthew Bartels, Children's Therapy Corner's Lansing
Writer: Natalie Burg, Development News Editor