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)
Expressive language disorder
Fluency and stuttering
Receptive language disorders
Torticollis and plagiocephaly
Sensory processing disorders
Postural control and body awareness
Poor Reflex Integration
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 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-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.Back to top
Our therapists are highly trained and we are proud to offer specialized interventions and programs designed to meet your child's needs.
NEW 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.
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).
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.
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, 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 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.
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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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.
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.Back to top