Children and parents report that TMC's Special Kids Programs have made a genuine difference in their lives. Our Special Kids programs were developed in close consultation with parents, pediatrician and case managers to encourage active and healthy lifestyles and to help families transition into community activities. With guidance from experts, children and families are taught how to apply and practice the skills they have learned in individual therapy in a group setting.
Special Kids Programs are funded by the TMC Foundation through the support of The Stonewall Foundation. They provide much-needed help for the children of working families who are unable to afford health insurance and who do not qualify for government assistance, or cannot receive therapy in any other way. A small co-payment may be required.
Special Kids' services are by physician referral only. Please call (520) 324-6978 for more information.
Hands On Therapy provides a burst of therapy for children when early intervention can make a significant difference in a child's development. In some cases, it can take months before insurance starts paying for therapy. The Hands On Therapy program provides a burst of therapy during this waiting time to ensure that a child is not held back in development. Children receive individual, hands-on therapy, including physical or speech therapy or occupational therapy, such as working on tying shoes or improving handwriting.
Aqua Kids began in October 1999, to the delight of parents and their children with special needs. The program brings parents and children of all ages into a warm-water pool. The pool is a fun place for children to discover mobility, strengthen muscles, improve coordination and learn water safety skills. Interaction among the children is fostered through group activities. Parents learn therapeutic water activities that are beneficial to their children, so both can feel confidence and joy in pool activities.
Fit Kids involves parents and their child in activities that help children become physically fit and healthy. Classes are held once a week for six weeks focusing on children and parents learning about nutrition, planning meals, stretching and having fun exercising. The goal is not to lose weight, but for these children to grow into their current weight while becoming more active and practicing good nutrition. Fit Kids also improve their social skills and establish their own exercise goals. Siblings are welcome. The size of the group and its age range varies, but classes are small with children ranging in age from 7 to 16. The class is held four times a year.
Hear Start provides children with a complete audiological assessment and refers these patients to appropriate community agencies. Early testing is important - undetected problems can slow a child's progress in school and overall development.
Special activity groups rotate throughout the year and provide children a variety of opportunities to practice their skills in a supportive social setting. Recent groups have included a Lego group, a yoga group and a youth athletes group. Groups rotate depending on the interests of children and families.