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1120 S. Calumet, Suite #3
Chesterton, IN  46304
(219) 983-9675

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INSURANCE ACCEPTED

We accept a wide variety of insurance plans in commercial, government and exchange arenas, including Medicaid.

The insurance experts at Kidworks will work with you to attain the maximum benefits to which you are entitled.  Please contact our office for more information. 

careers at kidworks

Kidworks is a dynamic transdisciplinary pediatric therapy clinic. We are a leader in working with children with special needs in Northwest Indiana. We are always interested in hearing from talented and passionate therapists. Kidworks was founded and is owned by a Mom of special needs children. She understands the needs of parents and the desire to find quality therapy services for children.

 

Kidworks offers careers which are both challenging and rewarding. The focus of our therapy positions is to provide quality/ethical clinical services, positive customer service, develop/maintain relationships with other professionals as well as providing direct services to families. You will work with children (0-18 yrs) with a variety of disorders. We use innovative therapy approaches including co-treatments and collaborating with other professionals (OT’s, SLP’s, PT’s and DT’s) to help children meet their full potential. We go home at the end of the day knowing we have helped make a difference for children and families in our community.

If this sounds like the position for you, please send your resume to:

Ann M. Mika

M. A. CCC-SLP, Clinical Director

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Requirements:
• Minimum of a Masters degree in any of our therapy fields
• Certification and state licensure in good standing
• Must obtain credentialing in Early Intervention (we will help you every step of the way with this process in Indiana)
• Flexibility to meet the needs of others and the team
• Ability to communicate with others with respect, encouragement, open-mindedness, and provide supportive feedback.
• Initiative and problem-solving skills
• Organization and time management skills
• Commitment and passion to our values and mission

Benefits:
• Opportunity to work with a fun and compassionate team that becomes “family”
• Supervision and ongoing mentorship/collaboration with experienced therapists
• Compensation is based on experience
• Paid Time Off (PTO) and paid holidays
• Medical/Dental/Vison/Life insurance for full time employees
• Mileage Reimbursement
*Bonuses at 3, 5, 10, 15, 20 years for your commitment to Kidworks

Kidworks provides:
• Early Intervention services through the state’s First Steps program
• Clinic based private Speech, Occupational, Physical, and Dietitian therapies
• Social Skills groups
• Advanced student pediatric rotation placement
• Support referrals, parent and educator resources and training

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.

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