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Hi, I’m Amber. I own Sunny Days Therapeutics in the beautiful city of Athens, GA. I am extremely passionate about finding joy and helping others in my community. In fact, I say my purpose in life is to help others. Let me tell you the story of how Sunny Days began…

The year was 2021 and my son Vladek graduated from High School.  Afterwards, I began looking for programs, therapies, social skills opportunities, and life skills classes to help him prepare for independent living in the “not so distant” future. I quickly realized there was a lack of resources in our community for not only those 18 and up, but for anyone looking for these services. In fact, I learned that there are very long wait lists for PT, OT, and Speech.

At this point, I knew what I needed to do, to help my son and our community!  I sold my home to have business start-up costs, left an executive job with a company that I had been with for several years and formed Sunny Days Therapeutics! So here we are… offering Music, Art, and Recreational therapy for patients as young as 3 months through the life span, including seniors, in a bright, vivid, fun, 4,000 square foot facility that brings JOY to everyone who enters our doors.  In Music, Art and Recreational therapy patients can work on the exact same goals that they can work on in PT, OT, and Speech… BUT, in a more exciting way through activities!! And, it hasn’t been announced yet, but we also have an OT starting this fall! We’re looking forward to making that formal announcement. My hopes and dreams for Sunny Days is to be an all-inclusive one stop shop for all your therapeutic needs.

I know we’re just getting started on our journey at Sunny Days, but I’m extremely grateful to be on this journey and beyond excited to see how we can help those within our community. We are very appreciative to all of the companies we’ve collaborated with so far including The Recess Experience, Brightpaths, the Clarke County school district, the PINES library system, CSP, the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, various assisted living facilities, Quality Primary Care, and so many more. If you have any interest in collaborating with Sunny Days for the betterment of our community, please reach out.  We’d love to help!

Help build confidence through making choices:

Much of a child’s day-to-day routine is already decided for them. Allowing your child to make small choices daily, such as what you listen to in the car on the way to school, what shoes to wear, or what fruit to pack in their lunch can help them feel more confident and in control. If too many choices are overwhelming, limit the options to two such as grapes or an apple.

Participate in activities to reduce stress and anxiety:

Help your child reduce stress and anxiety with different activities they enjoy. This could be achieved by going outside, doing a favorite craft or hobby, short bursts of physical activity, or even saying positive affirmations together. It may seem difficult with an already full daily schedule, trying to get everyone dressed, have assignments done, getting to places on time, but look for small moments when your child can decompress. Even a minute or two of calming breathing exercises and a hug before being dropped off at school can make a world of difference. 

Find the things they love:

Trying to fit in at school and learning how to get along with people that may not share the same interests as you is a good skill to learn, but may be a source of anxiety. If your child feels that they cannot share some of their true interests at school, help them find another opportunity such as a club or team. You could also set aside special family time to explore and participate in your child’s specific interest. Acknowledging and assisting your child in their true interests and helping them find opportunities where they belong will help them manage situations where they may not feel like they connect to others and is so important to their confidence and self-image.

Our first session of Life Skills for those 18+ just wrapped up and it was a great success! 

The NEXT session of Life Skills for 18+ starts on Wednesday, September 7 @ 5:30pm! This is a 16 hour class that spans 8 weeks and will cover a variety of topics! 

Call our office today to enroll! There are LIMITED spots available for this class in order for the participants to get the most value out of the class, currently only 2 spots is still available for this session!

NEW CLASS! Now offering Life Skills for Pre-Teens and Teens! This is a new class that is being offered due to questions from parents like YOU! This class will begin on Thursday, September 15 @ 6pm! This class will cover hygiene, time management, organizational skills, self-advocating skills, cleaning skills, coping skills, and more!

Are you looking to join a Mommy & Me class, already on a waiting list, or it doesn’t work for your schedule? We offer My Little Love & Me classes for children under 5 and their caregiver in music, art, and exercise. Our schedule is designed with working parents and children in daycare/preschool in mind, offering an afternoon art group on Tuesdays at 4pm, rec/exercise group on Thursday at 4:30pm, and a music group on Saturdays at 1pm. 

Can’t make it in person? No problem! We also offer VIRTUAL groups for My Little Love & Me on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Saturdays via Google Meet for only $50/month! We currently have a GROUPON special for your first month for only $35! Click here to sign up now for the discount!  Can’t make it yourself, but have a loved one or nanny that you’d like to bring or attend with your little one? No problem! When you sign up, you can designate other adults to attend the classes. Space is limited in each class, so give us a call to register today!

Are you located near Royston or already participate with Avita Community Partners? Great news! We will be participating in their Family Fun Day on Saturday, September 10 from 10am-1pm! The event will be at CSP in Royston and is FREE to all! Our art therapist, Jasey Jones, will be there providing fun art activities for anyone that would like to participate! Avita will also have multiple activities including carnival type games, bounce houses, community resources, a free hot dog lunch, and so much more! This event is for anyone in the Royston-area that would like to participate and we would love to see you at our booth!

Do you follow us on social media?👀👀👀 If you don’t, you should be! We are partnering with love.craft, the Recess Experience, Quality Primary Care, and the Athens Chamber of Commerce to have a social media giveaway in September! The package has a lot of fun items and tickets to activities, valued at over $275 total! Simply follow all 5 businesses on Instagram, like the giveaway post, share the giveaway to your story, and tag a friend in the comments for your chance to win the whole package! Be on the lookout for the giveaway, you’ll have an ENTIRE WEEK to enter for this amazing package!

Sunny Days Therapeutics is currently hosting a fundraiser! Starting a unique business that genuinely benefits those in the community can be a challenge! Check out our fundraising page and consider donating towards our patient scholarship fund, which in turn will contribute to our growth! Donations will be awarded to individuals as scholarships for those who cannot afford our services!

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