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Special Kids Therapy raises funds where insurance leaves off

By Chrys Peterson - email

Posted by Lisa Strawbridge - email

FINDLAY (WTOL) - "We do not cater to any one diagnosis. Every child, no matter how great or small their disability, we're here for them," said the Karen Rettig, director of Special Kids Therapy.

The name of the organization says it all. The multi-sensory room with its flickering lights, moving parts and fun games offers these special kids something they can't get anywhere else.

Parent John Eisenreich said, "I can't say enough about what they do for all kids with special needs -- not just autism, but all kids with special needs."

Special Kids Therapy is primarily a funding organization. They provide grants to pay for all sorts of opportunities for kids with special needs. John was diagnosed with autism when he was two, but the speech therapy he needed wasn't covered by insurance.

"We did the appeals process. I think I had two different appeals, and they were both denied. As a parent, you're like, 'You don't know what's best for my child.' So we applied for a grant through Special Kids Therapy and they were amazing," said John's mother Tammy.

Special Kids Therapy has funded dance and art classes, horseback riding, swimming with  dolphins and more.

"My mission, my goal is to reach these children for them to have opportunities to be accepted and part of life. I think as we accept things -- not only does it improve their life, it improves our life also," said Rettig.

Flag City Music Festival

Although the organization is 100 percent volunteer, they need money to offer services. On Friday, September 4, a 10-hour country concert will benefit the kids. The concert is called the Flag City Music Festival. Billy Ray Cyrus and John Michael Montgomery are just two of the acts performing.

Board Member Karla Lewis has worked for months to put it all together. She tells us, "That's the prize at the end. When I get to see the smiles on those kids faces when they get extra scholarship dollars or add equipment to the playroom or expand the services, that's when we'll say all the literal blood, sweat and tears that we've put into this is worth it because of those kids."

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