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PlayBig, a recreation and therapy center for children of all abilities, has a location in Marianna, Fla., one of the towns affected by Hurricane Michael. Its staff began seeing existing clients expressing signs of trauma about the storm. They were talking about it incessantly, revealing details about their disrupted lives.
Giant swings and hammocks, a climbing wall, and a bar the kids grabbed, jumped and hung onto for dear life were the highlights for them. After playing for a while, we all had snacks and cupcakes at a big table set up and decorated for the party.
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.
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.