Our Mission

Kidworks offers a complete spectrum of therapeutic services in a supportive atmosphere designed to stimulate the mind, body, and spirit for kids ages 0 to 18.

 

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Our mission is to collaborate with families and medical professionals to create and achieve highly effective, evidence-based therapy goals.

Each child is carefully evaluated to make an individualized plan of action. We believe in the needs of our families and therapists and prioritize them above all else to create a positive and productive environment.

Additionally, Kidworks is committed to being an active participant in our regional and professional communities by providing advocacy, information, and education.

Our Approach

Therapies to fit your child’s needs.

1

Identify needs.

At Kidworks we start with a very thorough evaluation to identify all areas of need. Our therapists have advanced degrees in their fields and specific knowledge in pediatric development.

2

Collaborate on a plan

After the evaluation, a plan of care is written which contains both long and short term goals. These plans are shared with the prescribing physicians and we encourage collaboration with parents to create a team effort for the best possible outcomes.

3

Assess Progress

Goals are regularly updated and a new plan is written as goals are met, changed, or as new areas of concern are emphasized. Effective progress is based upon family participation and informed decisions.

OUR VISION

Kidworks was founded in November, 2006. Kidworks offers a higher quality and variety of pediatric therapy services. 

Kidworks was the first to bring many options to families in the area: expanded playgroups, social skills groups, feeding groups…. We also work to encourage a multi-disciplinary approach and a supportive work environment. 

Our goal at Kidworks, LLC is simple: extraordinary quality of therapy and customer service. We accomplish this by observing a common set of values. There are no shortcuts; we believe that our goals are accomplished only with a real commitment from every team member. 

We listen and act upon our therapists’ and client’s needs to provide dynamic services which engage the challenged child’s mind, body, and spirit to maximize their potential outcomes. It is our belief that inclusion of the family is necessary to make positive changes work inside the home, in the community and at school. 

We strive to remain a vital and energetic force of aid and guidance for families with challenges and a leader providing therapeutic services in Northwest Indiana.

CLINICAL ROTATIONS

Part of Kidworks’ mission is educating future therapists.  

We are a clinical rotation site for most schools with graduate programs in Indiana and the surrounding states.  Advanced students come to observe and work with our talented therapists. 

Kidworks has been a gift to our family from day one. I was a scared and near-tears mom who’s little boy just aged-out of Indiana’s First Steps and was given a list of places to call to get him more help. As I went through the list, the star aligned. I was surprised when the owner picked up the phone that day- a mom who was inspired by her own children and struggles to find help and who was determined enough to open her own clinic to help others. It was amazing how she could read my fear and know that I needed someone to really walk me through not only the process of “what do I do next,” but also support me with being a mom of a child with special needs for the first time. At the end of that conversation, I felt like someone finally knew how I was feeling and I felt confident getting my son an evaluation for services. 

One day in my son’s occupational therapy session, we had a giant “light-bulb moment.” Our son was in the corner, staring at the hinges in the door. It was as though he was stuck there and had no interest in any other activity. I remember feeling really embarrassed by it. Then, after a while, Molly, our OT, crawled over to the door and started staring at the hinges with him. I asked her, “What are you doing?” She said, “I’m staring at the hinges. You have to enter his world.”

What she was really teaching me was that if I wanted to connect with my son, in a way he could understand, I was going to have to start seeing the world through his eyes. Meet him where he is at. And, from that day forward, nothing was the same. The growth my son had was incredible. She changed MY thinking, so that I could help my son when my therapist was not there. And now, 10 years later, we still refer to this moment and remind ourselves to get into his world. Just the other day, my husband said, “You need to go look at the hinges.” 

We had many services over the years at Kidworks, including Speech Therapy, Music Group, Occupational Therapy, and various social clubs. I owe so many profound experiences in my life to the therapists at Kidworks. My son struggled to talk and spent a lot of time screaming for his needs early on. Then, when he learned to talk, he only spoke back the things he heard. He could say, line for line, every commercial, cartoon, or movie line he ever watched and would say it in a sort of robotic way. He would use these “scripts” to try to communicate with us. For many years, he had never spoken a word that came from his own mind. Then, one day, he said, “I love you” to me and it was different. I wasn’t scripted and it wasn’t spoken in that way where you knew it was from something he watched on TV.

I was lucky enough to be the first one to hear him say words from his mind and his heart and I owe that to Ann, his Speech Therapist. Ann was incredibly supportive and went above and beyond the role of SLP over the years. She watched my son and my family grow not only in size, but in knowledge and confidence. She helped us, help ourselves until the day he “graduated” speech therapy, a truly bittersweet moment for our family.

Many times, when I hear my son chatter on and on today, I think back to those days early on with Ann and think how lucky we were to have her.

I cannot express my gratitude enough to all the therapists that helped my son and my family over the years at Kidworks. Our town is so lucky to have a clinic like this- one that leads with their hearts.

Our Office Address

1120 S Calumet, Suite 3
Chesterton, IN 46304

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Give Kidworks A Call

(219) 983-9675

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