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Capable Kids Pediatric Therapy

Capable Kids Pediatric Therapy

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  • Overview
  • Therapy Services
  • Specialized Programs
  • Locations
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    St. Francis Capable Kids has experienced clinicians in the fields of occupational, physical and speech-language therapy services. We provide therapy to children in a fun, safe and friendly environment designed specifically with kids in mind. We have two convenient therapy centers located in Savage and Chaska. 

    You are the expert on your child and we will work with you to address your concerns. Our clients range in age from newborns to 24 years old, with many types of diagnoses and related difficulties, including:

    • Autism spectrum disorders.
    • Attention deficit disorders.
    • Developmental delays (motor, language or speech).
    • Physical impairments (cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy or spina bifida).
    • Feeding difficulties (failure to thrive, difficulty nursing/bottling, picky eaters, or difficulty chewing and swallowing).
    • Birth injuries (including brachial plexus injuries).
    • Brain injuries.
    • Difficulties with daily living skills.
    • Genetic syndromes (e.g., Down syndrome, fragile X).
    • Chronic illness.
    • Speech impairments.
    • Auditory processing disorders (APD).
    • Hearing loss.
    • Expressive language disorder.
    • Fluency and stuttering.
    • Receptive language disorders.
    • Voice disorders.
    • Torticollis and Plagiocephaly.
    • Cognitive impairments.
    • Congenital syndromes.
    • Sensory processing dysfunction.
    • Orthopedic injuries/surgeries.
    • Self-help skills.
    • Postural control and body awareness.
    • Arthritis.
    • Toe walking.
    • Handwriting.

    NEW MNRI – Brain Reconnection: Reflex Integration Therapy

    We are excited to now offer the MNRI (Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration) method as part of our treatment programs in occupational, physical, and speech therapy! This innovative therapeutic strategy addresses primary motor reflex patterns, sometimes referred to as primitive reflexes or infant reflexes, and how they influence development and maturation of functional life skills (fine motor, gross motor, and speech).

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    Occupational Therapy

    Occupational therapists offer specialized programs for sensory integration dysfunction, difficulty with eating, handwriting, self-help skills, postural control and body awareness.

    We also assist with the selection and use of equipment for your child's daily care and in home programming.

    Physical Therapy

    Physical therapists help your child participate in daily activities. For older children, we address physical disabilities and issues with strength, coordination, balance, and physical endurance.

    Our infant program helps each child achieve gross motor milestones such as rolling, sitting, crawling and walking. We specialize in services for infants who have plagiocephaly and torticollis.

    We also assist in the selection and use of adaptive equipment for your child's mobility and home programming needs.

    Speech Therapy

    Speech-language pathologists help children learn how to communicate. We provide help for: alternative/augmentative access to communication, articulation, oral motor skills, language comprehension and production, fluency, voice, social language and behavioral development, abstract language, and problem-solving.

    There are specialized programs available to help meet your child's needs, including a social group and Hanen parent education and intervention program. Comprehensive video fluoroscopic swallow studies are also available.

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    Getting It Write: Handwriting Program

    This 6 week, specialized handwriting program is designed for children experiencing difficulties with inability to finish homework due to the amount of writing involved, receiving poor grades because the teacher cannot read their writing, having to redo papers due to poor legibility, avoiding writing tasks and tiring easily when writing.

    This program was developed by an occupational therapist. Each week focuses on a different skill that precedes the development of handwriting. It utilizes a multi-sensory approach to hand writing that includes general body coordination, tactile and kinesthetic awareness, visual spatial perception, hand manipulation, strength, and motor planning. The program is offered in a group format in the summer and can be incorporated into your child's individual treatment sessions as well.

    Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding

    The SOS approach to feeding is a pediatric feeding program based on the work of psychologist Kay Toomey, PhD. It is designed to assist children and their caregivers who are experiencing difficulties with feeding. The SOS approach can improve or increase the child's:

    • Ability to follow a mealtime routine.
    • Nutrition and ability to gain weight.
    • Oral motor skills.
    • Willingness to interact with and try new foods.

    Children of all ages who have difficulty with feeding for any reason are invited to attend. The program is offered in both individual and group formats. Most sessions are 60 minutes and involve concurrent caregiver education. Home programming is essential to the success of this approach, and we provide support for caregivers to manage the challenges of their child's specific needs related to feeding.

    Newborn and Infant Programs

    Our occupational, physical and speech therapists offer their expertise in the prevention, wellness, education and treatment of newborns and infants. We offer a wide range of expertise and experience in the following areas.

    Prenatal Education

    • Positioning.
    • Calming strategies.
    • Early communication.

    Prevention and Wellness

    Collaboration with ECFE educators on infant development, the use of infant equipment and positioning for strength throughout daily routines.

    Clinical Intervention Services

    • Breastfeeding and bottle feeding.
    • Torticollis-plagiocephaly.
    • Failure to thrive/failure to gain weight.
    • Brachial plexus/Erb's palsy.
    • Sensory strategies for calming and scheduling.
    • Early communication assessment.
    • Assessment of motor development.
    • Birth trauma/birth injuries.

    Therapeutic Listening

    Therapeutic listening is an intervention used with sensory integration principles to enable occupational therapists to more directly address the auditory and vestibular systems. It assists children with listening, motor planning, sensory, auditory and processing difficulties.

    Through the use of electronically altered or enhanced music and specialized equipment, the therapist and family design a program to help children in the areas of: focus/attention, sensory processing/self-regulation, motor planning, auditory processing/filtering, body awareness, balance, coordination, quality of movement, sequencing and communication, problem-solving, visual motor integration, and handwriting.

    At Capable Kids, we can provide access to equipment trials, a CD library and ongoing assistance with programming, even after your child has completed therapy sessions with us.

    NEW MNRI – Brain Reconnection: Reflex Integration Therapy

    We are excited to now offer the MNRI (Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration) method as part of our treatment programs in occupational, physical, and speech therapy! This innovative therapeutic strategy addresses primary motor reflex patterns, sometimes referred to as primitive reflexes or infant reflexes, and how they influence development and maturation of functional life skills (fine motor, gross motor, and speech).

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  • Contact Us

    For more information or to schedule an appointment with St. Francis Capable Kids, call:

    Clinics Savage Medical BuildingSavage Medical Building

    (At County Roads 42 and 27)
    6350 West 143rd Street, Suite 204
    Savage, MN 55378
    Phone: 952.428.1565
    Fax: 952.428.1566
    Map | Driving directions

    Online mapping may give incorrect directions. Please take County Road 42 to Dakota Avenue. Travel 1 block south on Dakota and turn right into the clinic parking lot.

    Directions to clinic office: Enter the Savage Medical Building and take the stairs or elevator to the second floor. Capable Kids is located down the hallway to your right.

    Chaska Community Center

    1661 Park Ridge Drive
    Chaska, MN 55318
    Phone: 952.428.1265
    Fax: 952.428.1266
    Map | Driving directions

    Directions to clinic office: Enter through the doors at the East end of the building. Proceed to the front desk and identify yourself as going to Capable Kids.

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