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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
TALLAHASSEE — PlayBig Therapy Center, a Tallahassee treatment center for children with autism and other neurological disabilities, was recently awarded $52,000 to recoup incurred legal fees and costs by the Department of Administrative Hearings (DOAH) after the judge determined the suspension of PlayBig’s Medicaid payments in April 2016 for five weeks was not substantially justified.
The suspension followed the Florida Attorney General’s office receiving an allegation of fraud from an unnamed source against PlayBig and issuing a subpoena for records due April 15, 2016.
There are those who measure success by money earned or office held, or, as children, by number of homeruns hit or grades received; but there are also those who find gratification and victory in the attainment of much simpler milestones.
At Gretchen Everhart School, Leon County’s special education center for students with significant intellectual, medical, physical and behavioral disabilities, the principal and a special education teacher both stop what they are doing and smile, jubilantly, as a boy, about 12, walks across the room and grabs a tissue out of its box. He wipes his nose and walks back to his table.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV)-- Continuing the efforts of its Family First Initiative, the Mayor's Office held its Provider to Provider Expo at the Turnbull Conference Center, Monday.
The event is one of several events leading up to the 3rd annual Community Summit on Children, Wednesday.
PlayBig Therapy & Learning Center is shaking up traditional treatment practices for patients with autism and other neurological challenges in the Tallahassee area.
“PlayBig is the first therapy practice in the nation to integrate developmental therapies with behavioral health therapies in its model, which has had profound results for our young patients and their families,” said Rachel Scharlepp, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and PlayBig owner.
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.