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Do you have concerns
with your child’s development?
We offer FREE Screenings for ages 0 – 5 to assess your child’s development in the following areas:
- Fine Motor Skills: Does your child struggle with coloring or handwriting? Does he/she have difficulties self-feeding or using hands to grasp items?
- Gross Motor Skills: Are crawling, walking, jumping, or balancing difficult for your child? Are you concerned with their muscle strength?
- Sensory Processing Skills: Is your child sensitive to sounds or textures, or are they a picky eater? Are transit ions or everyday routines such as bath time, meal time, or outings hard for your child?
- Head Positioning: Does your child’s head/neck tilt to one side? Can your child turn head properly in both directions?Receptive and Expressive Language Skills: Does your child understand what others are saying and respond appropriately and consistently? Can your child get their needs met by using words/sentences? Does your child interact well with peers? Do they struggle to make friends or play with other children?
- Speech Skills: Can you easily understand what your child says? Do people outside of your immediate family struggle to understand your child?
Free Screenings Available On The 2nd Saturday
of Every Month 9:00AM–11:00AM
This screening is free of charge and open to all families!
Our licensed occupational, physical, and speech therapists will meet you & your child and gather information on your child’s skills. This brief assessment will determine if further evaluation and/or treatment is needed. To make appointment, call (219) 983-9675
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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