FIRST STEPS AGENCY

Collaborating for Kids believes in providing a fun, creative, and enriched environment to foster the maximum growth and development in your child.  Our team of experienced, motivated, and friendly therapists focuses on incorporating skill building activities into the daily lives of the child and family.  We also empower our parents by providing the proper education, resources, and support systems to ensure therapeutic activities and progress are carried over into the family’s daily routine. Our team at CFK has worked with children diagnosed with, but not limited to, autism, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, spina bifida, Down Syndrome, genetic disorders, developmental delay, hydrocephaly, prematurity, brachial plexus injury, plagiocephaly, feeding difficulties, fine/gross motor delay, childhood apraxia, hearing impairment, cleft palate, torticollis, failure to thrive, stroke, and many other diagnoses.

SPEECH - LANGUAGE THERAPISTS

Our speech-language pathologists (SLPs) specialize in helping children improve their ability to understand and express themselves.  SLPs may address articulation, phonological disorders, language impairments or delays, apraxia (motor planning disorder), dysarthria (weakness of speech musculature), feeding and swallowing disorders, auditory processing disorders, and AAC (speech generating device, sign, picture communication), social skills and more.  Bilingual speech therapist available in certain areas.

 

SPECIALIZED FEEDING THERAPISTS

An experienced pediatric speech language pathologist or occupational therapist can provide services for children that have oral motor and feeding dysfunction.  The therapist, working closely with the family, develops safe age-appropriate feeding plans to maximize oral feeding abilities and self-feeding skills.  As a result, this specialized feeding therapy can help a child sustain oral nutrition and hydration with an age-appropriate diet of solids and liquids.  

 

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS

Our occupational therapists (OTs) strive to make therapy engaging and fun through interactive play activities and a family-based treatment approach. OTs help children learn the skills needed to participate in activities of daily living in any environment. Some of these activities and skills include handwriting, toilet training, dressing, shoe tying, self-regulation and processing, self-feeding and care, fine motor development, and more.

 

PHYSICAL THERAPISTS

Physical therapists focus on improving strength, range of motion, endurance, posture, and/or balance and coordination in order to help your child successfully complete everyday tasks. Children engage in fun therapeutic activities in order to become more independent and confident in their skills. Therapists can make recommendations and guide families in acquiring and maintaining adaptive equipment, orthotics, and environmental adaptations. 

 

DEVELOPMENTAL THERAPISTS

Our developmental therapists (DTs) use creative play therapy to engage and motivate the child.  DTs can focus on cognitive skills, language and communication, social-emotional skills, play skills, behavior management, attention skills,  gross and fine motor skills and self-help skills.  Parents are active partners in sessions to create a team approach and increase progress toward goals.  Developmental therapy communication specialist: developmental therapist with specialized training in communication and language delays.

Please refer to the Indiana First Steps website for additional information regarding early intervention services: http://www.in.gov/fssa/ddrs/2814.htm)

For further information regarding our First Steps services, please contact us at 317-215-0239.