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Pediatric Therapy – Capable Kids

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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, and continue to offer virtual visits to our patients.

Learn more about virtual pediatric therapy visits here.

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.

Occupational therapists have additional training in the following areas and approaches:

  • Infant feeding (breast and bottle).
  • Sequential oral sensory (SOS) approach to feeding.
  • Manual therapy (craniosacral therapy and myofascial release).
  • Therapeutic listening.
  • Musgatova neurosensorimotor reflex integration (MNRI).
  • Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF).
  • DIR/floor time.
  • Total motion release (TMR).
  • Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES).
  • Aquatic therapy.
  • Interactive metronome.
  • Kinesio® taping.
  • Zones of regulation.

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.

Physical therapists have additional training in the following areas and approaches:

  • Manual therapy (craniosacral therapy and myofascial release).
  • Kinesio® taping.
  • Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF).
  • Musgatova neurosensorimotor reflex integration (MNRI).
  • Muscle energy techniques.
  • Total motion release.
  • DIR/floor time.
  • Aquatic therapy.
  • Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES).

Speech therapy

Speech-language therapists 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.

Speech-language pathologists have additional training in the following areas and approaches:

  • Infant feeding (breast and bottle).
  • Sequential oral sensory (SOS) approach to feeding.
  • Avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID).
  • Videofluoroscopic swallow studies (VFSS).
  • Picture exchange communication system (PECS).
  • Social thinking/zones of regulation.
  • DIR/floor time.
  • Hanen (it takes two to talk, more than words).
  • Prompts for restructuring oral muscular phonetic targets (PROMPT).
  • Interactive metronome.
  • Augmentative communication (high and low tech).
  • Total communication.
  • Oral placement therapy.
  • Pragmatic organization on dynamic display (PODD).

Diagnoses we treat

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).
  • Toe walking.

Learn more about our specialized programs here.

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