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Capable Kids Pediatric Therapy

Capable Kids Pediatric Therapy

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  • Overview
  • Therapy Services
  • Specialized Programs
  • Virtual Visits
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    For information on how we're keeping our Capable Kids patients and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, click here.

    St. Francis Capable Kids Pediatric Therapy 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 newborn to 26 years old, with many types of diagnoses and related difficulties, including:

    • Autism spectrum disorders

    • Attention deficit disorders

    • Developmental delays (motor, language or speech)

    • Neuromuscular disorders (cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy or spina bifida)

    • Feeding difficulties (failure to thrive, difficulty nursing/bottling, picky eaters, ARFID or difficulty chewing and swallowing)

    • Birth injuries (including brachial plexus injuries)

    • Concussion and brain injuries

    • Difficulties with daily living skills

    • Genetic syndromes (Down syndrome, Fragile X)

    • Speech sound disorders

    • Auditory processing disorders (APD)

    • Hearing loss

    • Expressive language disorder

    • Fluency and stuttering

    • Receptive language disorders

    • Voice disorders

    • Torticollis and plagiocephaly

    • Congenital syndromes

    • Sensory processing disorders

    • Orthopedic injuries/surgeries

    • Self-help skills

    • Postural control and body awareness

    • Arthritis

    • Toe walking

    • Handwriting Difficulty/Dysgraphia

    • Poor Reflex Integration

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  • Occupational Therapy

    Occupational therapists work with your child to build the skills needed to participate in daily activities like eating, handwriting, getting ready for school and playing. This includes addressing any sensory processing, emotional state regulation, fine motor, visual motor, postural, organizational or developmental difficulties. We offer specialized programs and work with you and your child to build skills, carry out recommendations, and achieve the goals you have for attending therapy.

    Physical Therapy

    Physical therapists help your child physically participate in daily activities. For older children, we address physical disabilities and issues with strength, coordination, balance and physical endurance. For younger children, we help each child achieve gross motor milestones such as rolling, sitting, crawling and walking. We specialize in services for infants diagnosed with 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 functionally and successfully. To do this, we provide help with communication breakdowns related to articulation, oral motor skills, language comprehension and production, fluency, voice, social language skills, abstract language and problem solving skills. We also provide assistance with alternative/augmentative access to communication.

    Our infant program helps facilitate safe and efficient feeding. Comprehensive video fluoroscopic swallow studies are also available.

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    Our therapists are highly trained and we are proud to offer specialized interventions and programs designed to meet your child's needs.

    Targeted ARFID Intervention

    We are excited to now offer specific treatment for Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID). Our occupational and speech therapists utilize a combination of manual therapy paired with positive experiences with food exploration that match the client’s sensory needs. Therapists are certified through Dr. Kim DiRe, who is a trauma therapist specializing in the treatment of eating disorders. The goal is to create a chemical shift in the nervous system that diminishes the threat of food thereby increasing the child’s ability and willingness to eat. Click here for more information on our ARFID program.

    Gait Abnormalities

    Gait abnormalities such as toe walking can be normal when your child is just learning to walk; however, if your child is over 2-3 years old, or you observe this pattern for more than 75% of your child's day, you may want to seek out an assessment. Toe walking can cause a decrease in ankle mobility which can create issues with leg pain, balance, frequent falls and basic skills like navigating stairs. If your child is consistently walking on their toes, the trained physical therapy team at Capable Kids can help determine what type of treatment might be right to help improve their gait pattern.

    MNRI – Brain Reconnection: Reflex Integration Therapy

    We 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).

    Handwriting Programs

    Getting It Write is a six-week, specialized handwriting program developed by an occupational therapist designed for children experiencing an 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. Each week focuses on a different skill that precedes the development of handwriting. The program 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 summertime and can be incorporated into your child's individual treatment sessions as well. For more information on the Getting it Write program, click here.

    Also developed by an occupational therapist, the Size Matters Handwriting Program, is a research-based program that focuses on teaching specific skills to prioritize matching the correct size of letters to increase legibility when writing. This is done with simplifying and naming letter strokes, then slowly building the child’s skill with spacing, formation and consistency with writing.

    Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding

    The Sequential Oral Sensory (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, and willingness to interact with and try new foods.

    Children of all ages who have difficulty with feeding for any reason are invited to attend. 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. For more information on the SOS program, click here.

    Tethered Oral Tissues (TOTs) and Myofunctional Program

    Tethered Oral Tissues (TOTs) include lip, tongue and cheek ties. TOTs can affect breastfeeding, bottle-feeding, eating solids, speech sound production, attention, breathing, digestive issues, and dental and facial growth. Our TOTs-trained therapists are here to assess and treat the functional impact of tethered tissues on your child. We work in collaboration with local TOTs-savvy pediatric dentists, oral surgeons, ENTs, orthodontists and lactation consultants to provide comprehensive care for your child, including pre-op and post-op frenectomy services. TOTs therapy is available in Chaska and Savage.

    The TOTs program overlaps with the myofunctional program, which is geared toward children ages four through adult. Myofunctional therapy picks up where TOTs leaves off, with a primary focus on increasing patient awareness and movement of oral structures. Adults and children able to complete exercises by themselves are eligible to participate in our myofunctional program. Orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMDs) include abnormal lip and tongue resting posture, incorrect chewing and swallowing patterns, dental malocclusions, blocked nasal airways and speech sound production errors. We might notice them as lisping or slushy speech, tongue thrust, clenching or grinding, mouth breathing, messy eating or limited diet. Orofacial myofunctional therapy targets the muscles of the face and mouth to improve function for better speech, breathing, and eating. The myofunctional program is available in Chaska.

    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: parent education, prevention and wellness, and clinical interventions. This includes teaching optimal positioning for development, calming strategies for engagement in daily routines and early communication for language development. Our team of specialists collaborate with Early Childhood Family Educators (ECFE) on infant development, the use of infant equipment and positioning. Our clinical intervention services cover breast/bottle feeding, tongue-tie, torticollis-plagiocephaly, failure to thrive/failure to gain weight, brachial plexus/Erb’s palsy, strategies for calming and scheduling, early communication assessment, assessment of motor development and birth trauma/birth injuries. Click here for more information on our newborn and infant services.

    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 processing and auditory 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. Capable Kids can provide access to equipment trials, a CD library and ongoing assistance with programming, even after your child has completed his or her clinical therapy sessions. For more information about our therapeutic listening program, click here.

    Comprehensive Video Fluoroscopic Swallow Studies

    Our speech language pathologists will assist in determining the need for a swallow study, conduct the study with the radiology team, and provide written and verbal assessment of your child’s needs in this area.

    Aquatic Therapy

    Our physical and occupational therapists are able to offer individual treatment session at our Chaska Community Center location. It provides an environment where they can use the buoyancy of the water to assist with mobility and functional movement. In addition, the resistance of the water allows the therapists to target specific areas to strengthen. This unique environment provides the opportunity to address sensory needs in a functional environment as well. Aquatic therapy can mirror tasks that are too hard on land or provide an extra opportunity to maximize skills in a novel way. It is a great adjunct to traditional therapy as well as a standalone service.

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  • St. Francis Capable Kids Pediatric Therapy is excited to offer virtual visits as an ongoing program.

    Virtual therapy has proven to be an effective way to provide physical, occupational and speech therapy services over the past year. This service delivery model allows therapists to be in the home with children and their families in order to target specific goals and collaborate on home programs that will fit each child’s needs.

    One of the many benefits of seeing children virtually is being able to provide services to families who do not live close to our clinics and otherwise would not have access. Virtual visits also eliminate pressure to get to treatment sessions when there is bad weather or illness in the family. It can often be easier to schedule into your busy family lives when travel to the clinic is not a factor. Using virtual visits allows therapists to observe children in their homes as well as encourage greater parent involvement in sessions. Families can more easily carry out therapy recommendations because the therapist is able to show them just how easy it is to practice skills at home.

    Research is starting to show and support what we have been seeing during our virtual visits…that children are making as much or more progress with virtual visits, than with in-person visits.

    The process to access services for your child is the same as in-person visits. We work through insurance and we can provide these sessions with insurance approval. Sessions are done in real time using one of two video technology platforms. All you need is a device (phone, iPad, laptop, computer) with a microphone and camera, and you will be ready to go!

    If you are interested in pursuing this new and exciting opportunity, please contact us for more information to get started.

    How to participate in a virtual visit with your child's provider:

    In order to complete virtual visits with your child's provider, your child will need to be added to a parent's Allina Health (MyChart) account.

    To add a child to your account:

    1. Log into, or create, your personal Allina Health account.

    2. To add a minor to your account, click "+ Add someone (proxy). This is located under "Welcome to Your Account," next to your name.

    3. After finishing the form, Allina will process your information and contact you to inform you when the minor is added.

    If you need help setting up your Allina Health account, please see these Frequently Asked Questions.

  • Please note: We will be conducting virtual visits/telehealth care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    In order to complete virtual visits with your child's provider, your child will need to be added to a parent's Allina Health account.

    To add a child to your account:

    1. Log into, or create, your personal Allina Health account.

    2. To add a minor to your account, click "+ Add someone (proxy). This is located under "Welcome to Your Account," next to your name.

    3. After finishing the form, Allina will process your information and contact you to inform you when the minor is added.

    If you need help setting up your Allina Health account, please see these Frequently Asked Questions.


    Summer Service Requests

    If you are an existing client and have not completed your summer service request, let us know your availability by submitting your information via the following link:


    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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