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Chop Chop

What do you get when you have 17 Rehab Service Technicians wielding 17 chef’s knives for 3 hours under the guidance of a Taekwondo champion? A fabulous lunch of stir fry vegetable chicken; cilantro chicken salad and watermelon, strawberry and mint salad for 20 people! 

Thanks to Special Tree's own culinary stars, Courtney Barrett, OTRL and Amanda Pennington, MA,CCC-SLP from Special Tree's NeuroCare Center North for a great culinary lesson. Everyone learned and practiced how to plank, julienne and dice onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, peaches and watermelon.

Congrats, Grads!

It’s been a busy season of graduation celebrations for staff and clients at Special Tree's residential homes!  The Royal Oak staff held a graduation Open House for Cody M. who earned is diploma from Royal Oak High School on May 31st.    

At Williams, staff celebrated client Stephanie H. graduation from Oakland Community College on May 12th with her associate’s degree in General Studies with a concentration in pre-pharmacy, as well as client Webb D’s graduation from Truman High School on June 7th. 

A Job Well Done

Midland Administrative Assistant Kim Campbell needed an extra box Kleenex on her desk when she came into work on May 24th.  That was her last official day of being a job mentor to Jordon, a 23-year-old student from Midland Public School’s Post-secondary Transition Program for students with special needs. 

I Thought He Walked on Water...


Many years ago my mother was on her front porch which faces a lake.  My father was down by the lake doing work.  A few moments had passed when my mom heard my father shout up to her “Look Syl, I told you I could walk on water.”  As my mother turned, sure enough, there was my father walking across the lake.  

TBI Awareness Day At Ann Visger Elementary

“This is awesome!”  That’s how one elementary student summed up the Brain Injury Awareness Day that Special Tree organized for 300 students at Ann Visger Elementary in River Rouge on March 29 in honor of Brain Injury Awareness Month.  Speech Language Pathologists Lauren G. (NCC), Sara K. (Troy), Mary Lynn C. (NCC Intern), Vocational Coordinator Sara L., Day Treatment Services Team Member Danielle C., client James P, and Joe R., planned a full day of activities in the school’s new library just one month after its grand opening on Leap Day. 

Let's Party

Heidi Nadobny, Recreational Therapist

Midland NeuroSkills Center

To the client it’s simply a party, but I like to call it an “acclimation” activity. It’s a nice way for our younger clients who are having issues getting back into the swing of socializing, and spending time with friends to get reacquainted.

Michigan Quality Council names Special Tree its 2010 State Quality Award Recipient

Michigan Quality Council (MQC) has named Special Tree Rehabilitation System the 2010 State Quality Award Recipient.

New Concussion Protocols for High School Athletes

By Kit Pohl, PT, CBIS
Physical Therapist
Troy Neuro Skills Center

September 15 is National School Backpack Awareness Day

By Carrie Parks, MA, OTR/L, CBIS
Occupational Therapist
Special Tree Rehabilitation System


September 15th is National School Backpack Awareness Day.

Are You and Your Kids Getting Enough Exercise?

Part of a series of informative articles from Special Tree's Physical Therapists to get you moving in 2010!

By Kit Pohl, PT, CBIS
Physical Therapist
Troy Neuro Skills Center

How much physical activity do adults and kids need to stay healthy?