Posted by: gravessack | November 5, 2010

A Recommendation: “Kids Abilities”

If you are looking for a great clinic for child or young adult therapy, I have a recommendation (based upon personal experience). Ever since pre-school, I have had the same physical therapist who now has opened a clinic of her own. I am hearing good things about it!

Kids Abilities is a pediatric therapy clinic that provides services to children and young adults with disabilities. When it was founded five years ago, Kids Abilities was just on one floor in a building in Shoreview. Today, the clinic has two locations: one in Shoreview and one that was newly added in Hugo.

Kids Abilities has about 20 experienced workers who help clients with disabilities, including autism, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, attention deficit disorder, among many others. Here is a quick list on what “Kids Abilities” offers:

  • Physical Therapy – Therapists work to improve clients’ mobility, on positioning or mobility equipment such as wheelchairs, standers, walkers, and orthotics. They also offer seating evaluations and recommendations for adapted bikes, therapeutic electrical stimulation, and neurodevelopmental treatment.
  • Occupational Therapy – Therapists work to improve clients’ fine motor skills and daily living skills. They offer Sensory Integration Therapy, handwriting, and therapeutic listening. They also offer Visual Perceptual Screenings.
  • Speech Therapy – Therapists work to improve speech and language, feeding, and social skills. Therapists have training with augmentative devices and oral motor therapy. They also offer oral placement therapy.
  • Massage Therapy – Kids Abilities has recently hired a licensed massage therapist on Thursday afternoons to help loosen tightness in people with disabilities.

Kids Abilities also offers special groups year-round, including dancing, yoga, T-ball, reading, handwriting, and feeding. These group provide a safe place for clients to participate and to learn things at their own pace. Kids Abilities also is a tester for the disability-friendliness of the Ipad (in fact, each time the creator of the Ipad make changes, he sends them to the clinic to be tested).

To learn more about Kids Abilities, click here.

Written by: Michael L. Sack

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