Who We Help

The Kids Center is a multidisciplinary treatment center for children with developmental delays and/or disabilities. We serve infants through young adults up to the age of twenty-one with a special emphasis on... the needs of children from birth to five years old.

Who's Eligible?

Any child is eligible experiencing developmental delay may be evaluated for services. A child does not have to be diagnosed with cerebral palsy to receive our care and we do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, or any other reason.

Diagnoses include but are not limited to:
  • Angelman's Syndrome
  • Apraxia of Speech
  • Autism
  • Central Nervous System Dysfunction
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Chromosome Abnoralities
  • Developmental Delays
  • Down Syndrome
  • Feeding Disorders
  • Fluency / Stuttering
  • Hypertonia
  • Hypotonia
  • Prematurity
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Sensory Integration Disorders
  • Speech and Language Disorders
  • Spina Bifida
  • Williams Syndrome

Our Mission

The mission of the Cerebral Palsy K.I.D.S. Center is two-fold. First is to involve, in a meaningful way, children with cerebral palsy and other developmental needs and members of their families in the mainstream of society, thus ensuring their ability to assume their rights as equal citizens. Second is to ensure their ability to receive services as needed to minimize the effects of their disability.
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How We Help

Many special programs and equipment are available at the Kids Center to serve our clients. An interactive team approach is used by the therapists to meet the multiple needs... of the children.

The Augmentative Communication Lab is designed with the needs of the nonverbal child in mind. The lab is equipped with specialized computers and augmentative communication devices to use in the assessment and training of children with special communication needs.

The Casting-Adaptive Equipment Lab provides individualized equipment to help in the treatment and care of the children by:
  • Casting and splitting by physical and occupational therapists as prescribed by a physician
  • Creating custom adaptive equipment and other positioning devices are made using equipment available in the lab
  • Everything is made according to a child's specific size and needs

The Sensory Motor Gym is equipped with movement equipment and Snoezlen activities. The sensory motor gym allows for unlimited sensory experiences under the direction of trained therapists.

The Physical Fitness Gym is a fully equipped workout facility designed with the adolescent with special physical needs in mind. The gym is available by appointment for teen and adolescents with disabilities to learn adapted work out routines and maintain a better level of physical fitness.

The Interactive Metronome is a program shown to improved attention, coordination and timing in children with a wide range of cognitive and physical difficulties including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. The children work individually under the direction of a specially trained occupational therapist.

The Therapeutic Listening Program uses sound training in combination with sensory integrative techniques which emphasize vestibular stimulation and postural movement strategies. When incorporated into a sensory integrative treatment approach, by a specially trained occupational therapist, changes are typically observed in sensory modulation, attention, and behavioral organization through a reduction in sensory defensiveness and a smoothing out of mood variances and arousal states.

Parent Library
To help you keep on top of information, you are free to explore the library on a variety of subjects including medical issues, parenting, and books for children about disabilities.

WHAS Crusade for Children Loan Closet has equipment which may be borrowed on a temporary basis. At the recommendation of your child's therapist, you can:
  • Test the equipment to see if it is beneficial to your child
  • See if it is useful for post-surgically for mobilization or positioning at home
  • Use it while your child is waiting for a piece of equipment that you ordered
Orthopedic Clinic
Physicians specializing in orthopedics are available to do routine orthopedic evaluations assessing the structure and motor development of each child. A health services coordinator works closely with the physicians to ensure that the family's needs are also being met and to keep them current on the latest medical advances. The physician will:
  • Prescribe the necessary therapy
  • Work closely with the therapists to monitor the child's progress and development
  • Prescribe the necessary adaptive equipment and applicances
  • Evaluate and consult regarding the viability of being helped by a surgical procedure

Children can also be followed by their own physicians and our therapists will co-ordinate the necessary communication.

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What We Do

The Kids Center is staffed by highly trained professionals who really care. To help you better understand what we do, please read about the... services we perform.

If you have any questions about our services, please contact us with your questions and we will do our best to get you answers.

Physical Therapy
A licensed physical therapist uses their expertise teamed with a physician and others to:
  • Provide an ongoing assessment of a child
  • Develop and apply an ongoing treatment plan
  • Educate the family on ways to participate in their child's development
  • Help each child reach the highest level of their ability
What we hope to achieve:
  • Improved strength, coordination and mobility
  • Better endurance
  • Better balance
  • Determine the need for adaptive equipment and help obtaining it
Occupational Therapy
A registered/licensed occupational therapist performs ongoing assessments and services to improve a child's ability in sensory, motor, and fine motor skills including:
  • Eating/feeding
  • Moving about in space
  • Dressing, bathing, self-care
  • The ability to process sensory input like touch and feel
  • Sensory integration
  • The ability to use arms and hands
  • The ability to coordinate eyes and hands
  • Reasoning and cognitive skills

Our goal is for the child to learn about their world, how to organize and how to function effectively within it.

Speech/Language Therapy
A certified speech/language pathologist will design a family-centered individualized program to enhance a child's communication and oral motor skills with:
  • Pre-speech and feeding skills
  • Interactive communication
  • Use of adaptive communication devices including computer, sign language and communication boards
  • Language use and comprehension
  • Play skills
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