WILTON — Delight Pediatrics Treatment, a new personal observe that specializes in occupational treatment for small children will be opening it is doorways on Saturday, Sept. 9, with a grand opening that will feature a ribbon slicing ceremony alongside with many routines and info pertaining to occupational therapy.
The practice is situated at 411 US Route 2 E, Suite C upcoming to the Greenback Normal in Wilton. The grand opening will commence at 11 a.m. with a ribbon slicing ceremony having place at 11:30.
The event will supply a bounce home, obstacle system, sensory perform, and encounter painting by Splendor and the Brush for little ones. The Frosty Paw ice product truck will also be building an visual appeal to provide ice product and some mild foodstuff and refreshments will be presented by Delight Pediatrics Therapy.
The grand opening will also double as an open up dwelling for households to understand a lot more about occupational therapy and what Delight Pediatrics Therapy has to provide Franklin County.
“A lot of people really do not know what occupational remedy is, except if their kids are at present in it,” owner Courtney Pride shared in a mobile phone interview. “[Occupational therapy] is such an underserved spot in Franklin County.”
Pride is a certified occupational therapist with a master’s diploma from Husson University in Bangor. As an occupational therapist, Pride specializes in feeding therapy, serving to young children with a minimal food plan because of sensory aversion or other things.
She relocated to Farmington with her spouse and animals in 2019 and commenced working in the subject. Having said that, her dream due to the fact grad college has been to open up her possess observe.
“I bear in mind being in a expert enhancement class, and they questioned, ‘where do you see yourself in 10 several years?’,” Satisfaction reported. “My aspiration was to have my individual apply.”
Due to the fact graduation, Pride worked at a handful of non-public tactics, but identified herself commuting up to an hour just to get to perform. Ultimately, she identified herself working at Franklin Memorial Healthcare facility, which amplified her drive to open up her personal apply, and she started placing the wheels in motion for Satisfaction Pediatrics Therapy in January of this yr.
“I cherished my time at the clinic, but I did not really like corporate healthcare,” she shared.
Pride’s principal purpose with the practice is to convey extra specialized treatment to Franklin County. Just like with her commute, numerous people are pressured to generate to Augusta or Auburn to obtain occupational therapy for their youngsters, and apart from Franklin Memorial Clinic, selections in the space are rather slim, according to her.
“We have so numerous kids that have IEPs in the district,” she stated. “Why cannot we have it extra accessible? I want to do that for the neighborhood and in the exact same objective, I’m currently being my own manager, so it has been pretty fulfilling.”
According to her web page, Delight created a sensory pathway for her scientific placement and has been ready to create and set up extra than 15 pathways for faculties throughout the state of Maine.
Sensory paths, according to Pride’s website, are cautiously built pathways developed to promote and interact children’s senses in a therapeutic and pleasing fashion. These paths ordinarily consist of a sequence of colorful and textured flooring decals, alongside with various visual, auditory, and tactile factors strategically put alongside their route.
Overall, sensory paths are an ground breaking software employed in pediatric remedy to support children’s sensory development and in general perfectly-remaining. Pride had earlier designed sensory route for the learners at W.G. Mallett Elementary College in Farmington in 2019. According to an short article shared with the Maine Section of Training, Satisfaction expended 30 hrs on the task and it concerned putting in a sensory route in a 38 foot lengthy hallway going the two strategies, totaling 76 feet.
“I was capable to combine not only my OT understanding that I have put in the past 5 years gaining, but also my interest of crafting and creating factors which designed this job so gratifying for me,” Pride shared with the DOE.
Moving forward, Pride hopes to open up a heart that will include things like more kinds of remedy, this kind of as speech remedy and bodily remedy, but Pleasure Pediatrics Treatment is the stepping stone to that goal. Pride Pediatrics Therapy has begun accepting clients and will have a tender opening starting up Tuesday, Sept. 5, ahead of the formal grand opening on Saturday.