Leap into Literacy Spring Event!!

Join our Spring Event as we discover the world of literacy through fun activities, free books, read to a dog, music, story time, snacks and much more!!!

When: April 17, 2024 | 3-5pm

Where: Children’s Clinics | 2600 North Wyatt Drive Tucson, Arizona 85712

This event is open to All Abilities!

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED

Back-to-School Fair

Our Back-to-School Fair is scheduled for Wednesday, July 17, 2024. More information and registration will be posted closer to the event date. STAY TUNED!

 

Halloween

STAYED TUNED FOR THE HALLOWEEN 2024! This is one of the biggest and most favorite of events with staff, families, and patients. Details and registration will be made available closer to the event.

Sibshop (ages 13-17)

Brothers and sisters, ages 13 to 17, with siblings that have complex medical needs, have feelings that may be hard to express, even to a friend. Sibshop is that safe space that allows them to explore and express their feelings and meet others with shared experiences who truly understand. Sibshop celebrates the many contributions made by brothers and sisters to the family and engages them through fun and interactive games.
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Sibshop Is Just For Siblings To: 
  • Laugh
  • Have fun
  • Play games
  • Talk about the good and not-so-good parts of having a sibling with special needs
  • Spend time with other siblings that “get it”
  • A chance to be heard and seen

This group meets every third Thursday of the month for a three-week session (5/16/2024, 6/20/2024, 7/18/2024). If you’re new to the group, please register for the event.

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Sibshop Registration

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Please identify an individual other than yourself that we can contact in case of an emergency.
Please check that you have read and agree to the following:*
I consent to the photographing/video recording/ audio recording of the above-named patients by Children's Clinics staff at this event. I agree the resulting images or recordings may be used for Children's Clinics publicity or marketing purposes (brochure, pamphlet, lobby display, social media posts, printed material, etc.). I understand that I have the right to reverse this consent, in writing, at any time before the image or recording is used for the purposes indicated above.
Agreement: I agree to stay at Children's Clinics throughout the duration of the group for my child.*

Walk, Ride, or Roll Community Event

Join us May 4th, for a Star Wars themed Walk, Ride, or Roll event! Family and friends are invited to walk, ride a tricycle, bicycle, scooter, or use a wheelchair to get some exercise and connect with others in the community. Costumes are optional and encouraged! All Abilities Welcome!

May the Fourth be with you!

Must Register Below!

Adaptive Soccer

***Soccer Registration is Now Full. To be put on the waitlist, please register below.***

All Abilities Welcome!!!

Date: Mondays March 11 – April 22 5:30 – 7:30pm

Time: Group 1 – 5:30 – 6:30 and Group 2 – 6:30 – 7:30pm

***Groups divided by age and ability

Location: Mehl Family Foothills Park | 4000 E River Road, Tucson 85718

***Soccer Registration is Now Full. To be put on the waitlist, please register below.***

Adaptive Soccer 2024

  • (English, Español, etc)
  • Please identify an individual other than yourself that we can contact in case of an emergency. / Por favor identifique a un individuo aparte de usted mismo que podamos contactar en caso de emergencia
  • Example (Please list all that apply): - Speech / Hablado - Other Sounds / Otros Sonidos - Eye Gaze / Mirada - Gestures / Gestos - A communication device / Un aparato de comunicación
  • Example (Please list all that apply): - Short Simple Directions / Instrucciones cortas y simples - Repetition / Repetición - Face to face communication / Comunicación cara a cara - Speaking at a slow pace / Hablar lento
  • Example (Please list all that apply): - crawling / gateando - walking with assistance / camina con asistencia - walking with out assistance / camina sin asistencia - wheeled mobility / movilidad con ruedas - other assistive device / otro aparato de asistencia
    I understand that I must remain and be present at Children's Clinics for the duration of the program while my child participates in Music. / Entiendo que debo permanecer presente en Children's Clinics de Tucson durante la duración del programa mientras mi hijo participa en Musica
    I authorize my child to participate in Children’s Clinics Childhood Experiences Programs. I acknowledge the risks inherent in the participation by my child. In my absence, I further authorize the staff representing Children’s Clinics to act for me according to their best judgment in any emergency requiring medical attention for my child and I hereby waive and release those staffers, and volunteers of Children’s Clinics from all liability for any injuries or illnesses, that may be incurred while participating in Children’s Clinics Childhood Experiences, while in attendance, except for injury directly resulting from gross negligence or willful misconduct. /Autorizo que mi hijo participe en los Programas de Experiencias Infantiles de la Clínica de los Niños. Reconozco los riesgos adjuntos a la participación de mi hijo. En mi ausencia, autorizo al personal representante de la Clínica de los Niños a actuar por mi acorde a su mejor juicio en cualquier emergencia que requiera atención médica para mi hijo y por el presente exento y libero a esos empleados y voluntarios de la Clínica de los Niños de toda responsabilidad de cualquier lesiones o enfermedades que pudieran adquirir mientras participan en Experiencias Infantiles de la Clínica de los Niños, mientras atienda, excepto por lesiones resultantes directamente de negligencia grave o mala conducta intencional.
    I consent to the photographing/video recording/ audio recording of the above-named patients by Children's Clinics staff at this event. I agree the resulting images or recordings may be used for Children's Clinics publicity or marketing purposes (brochure, pamphlet, lobby display, social media posts, printed material, etc.). I understand that I have the right to reverse this consent, in writing, at any time before the image or recording is used for the purposes indicated above. / Yo consiento la toma de fotografías/grabación de video/grabación de audio de los participantes mencionado anteriormente por el personal de la Clínica de los Niños en este evento. Estoy de acuerdo con que las imagines o grabaciones resultantes sean usadas para los propósitos de publicidad o marketing (folleto, panfleto, exposición en el vestíbulo, publicaciones de redes sociales, materiales impresos, etc.). Entiendo que tengo el derecho de revertir este consentimiento, en escrito, en cualquier antes de que la imagen o grabación sean usados para los propósitos indicados anteriormente.

Wellness Funtivities Camp at Integrative Touch

Our partnership with Integrative Touch continues with their Wellness Funtivities Camp!!

Over seven empowering weeks, starting January 17th, 2024, we invite children of all abilities to embark on a journey of wellness self-discovery.

Kiddos can experience this exciting and joyful camp every Wednesday night for one hour at the Integrative Touch Healing Center. Our programs team will carefully divide all our registered campers into two groups based on age and ability, with different session times to ensure a tailored experience for all participants. Families will receive confirmation of their child’s session allocation.

Our Wellness Funtivities Camp offers immersive activities in music, art, movement, and mindfulness that transcend limitations and foster inclusivity. This holistic camp aims to empower kids, nurture wellness skills, and create a warm space where everyone can thrive.

****As an added bonus, we will be offering parallel parent wellness programming at no extra charge!

Dates: every Wednesday from January 17th – February 28th

Session Times: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm & 6:45 pm -7:45 pm

Location: Integrative Touch Healing Center

Space is limited! Grab your spot today.

Registration link below:

Booking Event – WellnessLiving Systems

 

 

Weightlessness In Water Is Making an Impact

There is something magical about the weightless feeling of floating in a pool, letting the water carry you effortlessly. It’s a reprieve from Earth’s gravity and it’s in the water where you are allowed to utilize your body in different ways.

A pool offers a unique environment for a wide range of therapeutic activities and benefits making it an ideal setting for therapy to occur. It’s not even necessary to have an Olympic-sized pool with expensive technology to obtain positive outcomes. Even in a basic, heated pool, therapists can provide meaningful, personalized treatment that is based on each individual’s needs.

It was exactly those positive outcomes that the Children’s Clinics’ rehabilitation team strove for when they launched the Aquatic Therapy program two and a half years ago. Despite the slight setback with the pandemic, the program has been moving forward steadily and the benefits of the program are being fully realized.

Some of the children that have benefited most are the kids who can’t move on land. When there’s less weight to carry, joints and muscles tend to move more easily. This buoyancy is the ultimate platform to be able to access any part of the body. The ease of movement buoyancy allows, and the gentle resistance being in water provides, are used in activities that help achieve therapy goals.

“Right now, they’ve been in the pool for eight weeks (a typical session), and they’re more confident in their movements and have better body awareness,” said Rafael “Ricky” Figueroa, a physical therapist at Children’s Clinics. “We’re very proud of that whole body input that the water provides. It’s easier to know where your legs and arms are in that space (water). So then when we translate that to land, it’s there. And ultimately, that’s our whole goal is to have this translate to the land because unfortunately, we don’t live in the water.”

Aqua therapy is not prescribed for every patient. A team of physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech and language pathologists at Children’s Clinics take into consideration many factors before assigning this specific therapy to patients. However, for those patients who do experience aquatic therapy, the impact is significant. The warm, buoyant water allows the individual to feel free and lightweight by reducing body weight by up to 90%. Children that are normally chair-bound can move freely in the water allowing a freedom they normally wouldn’t experience on land.

Other benefits of Aqua Therapy are plentiful. The act of just kicking across the pool helps with an increased range of motion, improves muscle strength, and enhances cardiovascular fitness. In addition, the act of merely being in the pool boosts balance and coordination, helps with social interaction, and overall increases confidence and self-esteem. Even the heated water of the pool promotes muscle relaxation and has a calming effect on the body and mind.

Aquatic therapy may be nontraditional, but its benefits and outcomes are impactful and worth pursuing for patients. Plus, it is a fulfillment of Children’s Clinics’ mission to provide exceptional care even if it occurs in a wet and weightless environment.

Children’s Clinics Music Program: Mr. Nature’s Interactive Music Hour

Join us for our next Music Adventure with the one and only Mr. Nature!! Each participant will experience kindness, compassion and mindfulness engagement through song, dance, silly song writing and interactive music fun!

Length: 8 weeks ending with a performance of our song creations.

Location: Children’s Clinics | 2600 North Wyatt Drive Tucson, Arizona 85712

Dates: Tuesdays January 9th – Feb 27th

Time: Two groups divided by Age and Ability. Group 1 5:15 – 6:15pm and Group 2 6:30 – 7:30pm

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.

Adaptive Music _Mr. Nature

    Our Childhood Experiences team will contact you if a spot opens up.
  • (English, Español, etc)
  • Please identify an individual other than yourself that we can contact in case of an emergency. / Por favor identifique a un individuo aparte de usted mismo que podamos contactar en caso de emergencia
  • Example (Please list all that apply): - Speech / Hablado - Other Sounds / Otros Sonidos - Eye Gaze / Mirada - Gestures / Gestos - A communication device / Un aparato de comunicación
  • Example (Please list all that apply): - Short Simple Directions / Instrucciones cortas y simples - Repetition / Repetición - Face to face communication / Comunicación cara a cara - Speaking at a slow pace / Hablar lento
  • Example (Please list all that apply): - crawling / gateando - walking with assistance / camina con asistencia - walking with out assistance / camina sin asistencia - wheeled mobility / movilidad con ruedas - other assistive device / otro aparato de asistencia
    I understand that I must remain and be present at Children's Clinics for the duration of the program while my child participates in Music. / Entiendo que debo permanecer presente en Children's Clinics de Tucson durante la duración del programa mientras mi hijo participa en Musica
    I authorize my child to participate in Children’s Clinics Childhood Experiences Programs. I acknowledge the risks inherent in the participation by my child. In my absence, I further authorize the staff representing Children’s Clinics to act for me according to their best judgment in any emergency requiring medical attention for my child and I hereby waive and release those staffers, and volunteers of Children’s Clinics from all liability for any injuries or illnesses, that may be incurred while participating in Children’s Clinics Childhood Experiences, while in attendance, except for injury directly resulting from gross negligence or willful misconduct. /Autorizo que mi hijo participe en los Programas de Experiencias Infantiles de la Clínica de los Niños. Reconozco los riesgos adjuntos a la participación de mi hijo. En mi ausencia, autorizo al personal representante de la Clínica de los Niños a actuar por mi acorde a su mejor juicio en cualquier emergencia que requiera atención médica para mi hijo y por el presente exento y libero a esos empleados y voluntarios de la Clínica de los Niños de toda responsabilidad de cualquier lesiones o enfermedades que pudieran adquirir mientras participan en Experiencias Infantiles de la Clínica de los Niños, mientras atienda, excepto por lesiones resultantes directamente de negligencia grave o mala conducta intencional.
    I consent to the photographing/video recording/ audio recording of the above-named patients by Children's Clinics staff at this event. I agree the resulting images or recordings may be used for Children's Clinics publicity or marketing purposes (brochure, pamphlet, lobby display, social media posts, printed material, etc.). I understand that I have the right to reverse this consent, in writing, at any time before the image or recording is used for the purposes indicated above. / Yo consiento la toma de fotografías/grabación de video/grabación de audio de los participantes mencionado anteriormente por el personal de la Clínica de los Niños en este evento. Estoy de acuerdo con que las imagines o grabaciones resultantes sean usadas para los propósitos de publicidad o marketing (folleto, panfleto, exposición en el vestíbulo, publicaciones de redes sociales, materiales impresos, etc.). Entiendo que tengo el derecho de revertir este consentimiento, en escrito, en cualquier antes de que la imagen o grabación sean usados para los propósitos indicados anteriormente.

Like A Second Home…

Ralph Griffin, a spunky seven-year-old boy, runs around Children’s Clinics with ease and confidence after his speech therapy appointment. “He has grown up here. It’s like a second home,” his mother, Amanda Griffin, explains regarding his comfort level. “He’s not afraid here. He feels welcomed and safe, even on the days with blood draws.”

Ralph has been coming to Children’s Clinics as a patient since he was discharged from the NICU to see a cardiologist for his heart. At the time, Amanda and Ralph were seeing the same cardiologist at Children’s Clinics. Amanda has a heart condition that brought her to Children’s Clinics as a child, and when she became pregnant with Ralph, her condition needed monitoring.

“It was really comforting to see the same cardiologist. It made life so much easier at the time,” Amanda shares. “And everyone here feels like an extension of family. Everyone knows him. He’s not just another face. I’ve never had a bad experience at Children’s Clinics. The entire staff, from scheduling to even the janitors, they’ve never treated him like he wasn’t a kid. They’ve always treated him like he was a human.”

Ralph grabs Amanda’s hand and escorts her over to the craft table. He motions for her to begin coloring on a Paw Patrol sheet while he begins coloring on a Spiderman one. Amanda naturally reflects on his actions pointing out that he’s a sharer and wants everyone to feel included. He is also a very social and outgoing child and particularly loves little kids.

Despite Ralph’s multiple healthcare needs, he is in every way a typical boy. He’s an active and physical child, with P.E. and Motor Lab being his favorite activities at school. He loves Spiderman, The Incredibles, puzzles, Legos, and the video game Kingdom Hearts.

His communication skills have improved recently after receiving his new talker device (speech tablet) from Children’s Clinics in April. These devices typically help children express a wider range of words, thoughts, and emotions than with speech and gestures alone. Amanda confirms that the tablet has helped Ralph with demonstration and assists him with putting together full thoughts. She’s seen his confidence grow as a result of it.

Amanda dives into how speech therapy hasn’t been the only help she’s received from Children’s Clinics. She is very grateful for the assistance she received during the first few months of Ralph’s life. Being a new mother is challenging, but being a new mother of a child with special medical needs, she was completely unprepared. The most impactful memory she recalls is of Ralph’s feeding therapy.

“He didn’t understand hunger. He didn’t show any hunger cues. He refused to eat in any kind of way. If it wasn’t for the feeding therapy and primary care here, helping me keep up with the G-tube feedings and the education I received, I wouldn’t have known what to do. Even the physical and speech therapy, on my own, he never would be where he is without those teams.”

It is this multi-disciplinary model of care at Children’s Clinics that has facilitated support to not only Amanda and Ralph but to the over 5,000 children in Southern Arizona and their families. The focus is not only on healing and helping children but assisting the whole family in their care.

“One thing I am thankful for is all the therapists were here for him of course – the goal is to get him to learn, but they do a very good job of educating me on the things I can do at home. They always make sure I have the tools at home and that is so helpful.”

Ralph’s attention is pulled away by another boy in the lobby and he’s off to go play. As Amanda leaves her coloring sheet to go watch him she mentions, “I learned early on that I am not alone in his care. They see his care as important. That’s never changed.”