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Until recently, parents with special-needs children were often driving 90 miles or more to Tallahassee after working all night to ensure their children could receive assistance from Play Big Therapy.
Last year, to serve this region, owners Kelley Hutto and Rachel Scharlepp opened a second therapy and learning center at 4550 Lafayette St. in Marianna, in the Rivertown Community Church shopping center. Less than a year later, the facility includes a private school for special-needs children.
A judge in Tallahassee has dismissed Medicaid fraud charges against a former owner of PlayBig Therapy, finding that the case hinged on alleged violations of state agency rules, not criminal statutes.
PlayBig offers children and teens several different types of therapy through interactive activities.
MARIANNA, Fla. - Play Big opened in Marianna in October 2017. Currently, it is serving around 25 patients a day.
Patients are coming from outlying counties but Play Big is looking to serve more children in the community.
"The biggest thing we've been having a hard time with is getting the word out for people to know when it's appropriate for a referral to come to us," said Carissa Stumpf, Practice Manager.
Stumpf said that Play Big receives a lot of referrals from local pediatricians, but a parent, teacher, or coach can also refer a child.
"Many people don't understand that their insurance would cover therapies for their child or that their child even needs therapies," said Carissa Stumpf," Practice Manager.
The idea at Play Big is to help children develop different learning skills by playing and interacting with their therapist.
"We are coaches, and they are athletes at play big. And so, they learn how to really interact with an authoritative figure that's not a parent, or a teacher," said Carissa Stumpf," Practice Manager.
While the company does cater to children with speech, occupational, physical or behavioral health needs, they also offer open play hours on Friday and Saturday for kids who don't need special attention.
Play Big in Marianna is planning to add to their services.
They will host summer camps starting after Memorial Day and plan to add a learning center in the fall.
For more information, visit www.playbigtherapy.com
Kelly Hutto (formerly Hackler) is a former FSU track All-American and the co-owner of PlayBig Therapy & Learning Center, a local facility that uses play therapy and other methods to help children with autism, developmental delays and social, emotional and behavioral issues. In this latest installment of "Say Hello To ...," Hutto talks with columnist Corey Clark about why physical therapy is so close to her heart, how she met her husband Michael and what she loves about Tallahassee. Continue reading on Tallahassee.com
BIG is in our name! We use the adjective to describe our treatment approach. The PlayBig Method involves BIG movement, BIG expressions, BIG results, and, of course, BIG play. Over the past two years, the idea of big has grown bigger than our treatment.
The PlayBig team is forever seeking to broaden our understanding of the autism spectrum and effective treatments. We are interested in exploring how other parts of the world view and treat this complex neurodevelopmental disorder. Our search lead us to Dr. Rajalakshmi in Chennai, India. You might remember an article we posted about the dangers of ABA written by Dr. Rajalakshmi. We understand the controversy around this idea, however didn’t want to shy away from its important message to avoid feelings of discomfort. Instead, we wanted to learn more and straight from the source. Although very different from the Western approach, families touched by autism have rightfully demanded to know all their treatment options. The following is an interview with Dr. Rajalakshmi herself.