Pediatrics Plus giving benefits to kids with special needs

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - He loves falling down, but 6-year-old Payton Hammond is going nothing but up.

    "We were so excited about the new building because we knew it was going to benefit our kids and our families more than we could ever think about," Kami Knowlton said.

    Knowlton is not only Payton's mom; she's also a teacher at Pediatrics Plus. Payton receives speech and occupational therapy here for Autism.

    "It's really a benefit because sometimes in the schools there's not a lot of time allotted as much time as you would in a medical facility so the outpatient therapy that he gets after school has helped him so, so much," she said.

    On Thursday, with the help of Governor Beebe, Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodala, Pediatrics Plus staff and Payton, the center opened its new multi-million dollar state of the art facility.

    Thirty-on thousand square feet, 11 large fully equipped classrooms, four therapy gyms, 23 private treatment rooms and a fully equipped nurse's office are just part of the $7.2 million dollar project.

    Owner Amy Denton said that project of passion will now help more than 400 children with special needs and their families.

    "Just first and foremost is the ability to serve more children. Second of all the space and all of the different rooms and specialty areas that we've been able to put in this facility that will give each kid or us the ability to serve each kid and their individual needs," said Denton.

    Kami Knowlton knows this new facility is just a piece of the puzzle to helping families like hers.

    "You might have had a rough day if a parents come and lets you know that you know, thank you for letting them know how their child's day was, it just flies out the door because at the end of the day you see the smile and the look of hope on the families faces that we service," she said.

    Pediatrics Plus isn't only about little kids; it serves clients from birth to 21-years-old. Another bonus is that this new facility opening will create 50 new jobs.

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