Cool Beans Therapy Clubhouse (CBTC) has a mission to help children of all ages learn how to be as successful and independent as they can be in their home and school environments. Children should be able to learn without distractions and without having to worry about how they’re going to do something or if they’re going to get into trouble. They should be able to make friends and socialize with peers without worrying about if they’re too close or too loud. Children should be able to finish their schoolwork, without endless frustration and difficulty writing, and still have time to go outside and play at the end of the night.
Cool Beans Therapy Clubhouse has a main goal of improving fine and gross motor skills, sensory skills, handwriting, motor planning, coordination, social skills, and self-esteem in children as well as providing education to parents, caregivers, and educators to bring awareness for the needs, behaviors, and accommodations of young children and students.
There are extremely long waitlists to receive Occupational Therapy services in the Lake Norman and surrounding areas, but Cool Beans Therapy Clubhouse recognizes that children should not have to wait for services. Early intervention is how you get the most out of therapy to improve necessary skills and decrease “poor habits” from forming, but waiting months for therapy services will only make the end goal that much more unattainable.
At Cool Beans Therapy Clubhouse, we know how difficult it can be to take your child to a therapy service and not be able to follow through with anything you have learned in a therapy session because equipment is too big, bulky, expensive, or just not feasible in the home. It can be very inspiring to walk into a therapy gym and see all the neat gadgets and ball pits, but when you get home you probably will not have those items to work with your child. We believe for your child to succeed in therapy AND in their school AND home environments, they need to be able to work on their skills for more than 30-60 minutes a week. Parent involvement is key! This isn’t homework for you to struggle with for hours at home. This should be done in everyday tasks and fun activities that you can do with your child so you can see and enjoy their progress.
Cool Beans Therapy Clubhouse is making your child a priority. Your child deserves intervention now. We want parents AND educators AND students to be informed, educated, and aware of difficulties and differences in learning they may have. We want you to know how to help your child be as independent as possible by not only improving skills, but also by knowing what accommodations might work best for your child. At CBTC we try to keep all therapy equipment simple so you can carry over interventions and be a part of your child’s solutions. We believe if you are informed, want to make things fun, and are willing to work a little you can see positive changes that will make everyone happier and more successful.
Hi, I’m Erin Crome. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology (2003) and Masters of Occupational Therapy degree (2004) from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. I have worked in nursing homes for more than 5 of those years, but working with children has always been my passion. I treated children, ages 0-3, in their homes through the Early Intervention program in Illinois for 3 years. I have worked with students in schools, ages 3-21, in general education classes and special education classes for more than 8 years. I have been able to work with students with a variety of needs including Autism, ADHD, Executive Dysfunction Disorder, Dysgraphia, Learning Disorders, Dyslexia, Down Syndrome, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Development Disabilities, Blind and Visual Deficits, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Oral Motor and Feeding issues, Cerebral Palsy, Traumatic Brain Injuries, and more.
I have been married for 17 years to a software developer (he’s my computer guy). We moved to the Charlotte area from DeKalb, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago) a little over a year ago. I have a 19-year old stepson (who is very bright and strategic and loves video games) with ADHD (inattentive type) and Executive Dysfunction Disorder. I also have an 8-year old son (who is very social and loves Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Scooby-Doo, and Captain Underpants) with Autism and ADHD (hyperactive type). I also have two rescue Pitbull mixes (one is deaf and the other has severe separation anxiety). My family challenges me every day, but they also bring me such joy and pride when I see them accomplish new goals.
I have been on both sides of the table for IEPs and 504s. I have co-treated with Physical Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Psychologists, and Counselors. I have also taken my children to Occupational Therapy, Developmental Therapy, Speech Therapy, Counseling, Therapeutic Horseback Riding, and ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) Therapy. As a parent of children with special needs and an Occupational Therapy provider in the schools and home, I feel like I have a unique perspective and outlook on what treatment should look like and how to assist parents with helping their child to be as independent and successful as possible.