Innovative Therapy Services, Pediatric Speech and Language Services
As a child I was always sick. My mother talked about going to different talks in an attempt resolve my constant sickness. I missed 90% of school activities due to being chronically ill. When I was 10 years old the doctors finally informed my mother that I had a heart problem and referred us to a cardiologist. I was born with a congenital heart defect known as Tetralogy of Fallot. Not a promising prognosis for a child born in Nigeria around the biarfran war. I am one of the lucky people that have had only two open heart surgeries and not too many hear related complications. I have ran 4 half marathons and one full marathon and endless 5Ks, 10Ks. I run because I was never supposed to run, given my heart. I have three beautiful children that inspire me to do more for others. During my pregnancy with my third child, I discovered I had contracted Hepatitis C from one of my open heart surgeries. In 2015, I successfully fought with my health insurance to cover the newly approved medication Harvoni for my treatment. Even though I was asymptomatic, I did not want to live with a “possibility” of the disease flaring up and today, I am Hepatitis C. I am free because of my perseverance in not accepting no. My many life challenges have taught me to inspire others and given me the drive and compassion to support others, especially children with disabilities. I have a BA and MA in Communication Disorders and Sciences. In 2000, I started my business Innovative Therapy Services to support children with different challenging disabilities. I continue to work with various community programs both in the private sectors and public schools to support natural learning experiences for students with language deficits. I am starting the Regina Learning Center in honor of my mother who was an educator. Kiva loan will support the Regina Learning Center program that we will open its door to students starting January 2017.
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With a multi-sensory approach, our goal is to encourage children to experience, learn, and grow using the skills taught in therapy for outside of the therapy setting. From active or quiet activities, fine/gross motor activities, or inside/outside activities…We make therapy learning FUN! We are committed to providing our patients and their families with the highest quality Speech-Language Pathology services in a motivating, enriching and therapeutic environment. It is our mission to seek and apply the best, individualized therapy solution tailored to each child’s speech and language learning needs.
Our goal is to improve a child’s quality of life with continued progress through personalized and proven methods of treatment. Our vision is that ITS becomes the leading provider of “quality of life” therapy based on well-designed services and expertise. As a child and family center practice, therapy is geared to facilitate, encourage children and their families to attain targeted goals in all settings. Therapy is child and family-centered. We believe that in order for children to receive the maximum benefit from our services the family must be actively involved with the therapy process. • Speech therapy sessions are conducted during or after school on a weekly basis. • Our therapists provide therapy at the clinic, in the home, and at the child’s daycare or school.
It is in the process of expanding to include a teen and youth center program. The inspiration to create this program came from 14 years of successfully running a summer youth peer mentorship program. Our goal is to provide young adults direct instructions and on-the-job coaching on ways to decrease the prevalence of isolation and to get along with supervisors and colleagues within the work environment.
What is the purpose of this loan?
The money will be used for recruiting and training candidates for Regina Learning Center, that we are starting in 2017. RLC program is to support young adults with disability learn social and communication skills in the work environment.
Years in operation: More than 5 years