Seasonal Therapeutic ProgrAMS FOR PEDIATRICS AND ADOLESCENTS

Seasonal Programming

Unlock Potential and Explore Possibilities 

Seasonal Programs at Ability KC offer support for pediatric and adolescent individuals with an extensive range of diagnoses, conditions, and disabilities.

Our distinctive Seasonal Therapeutic Programs are crafted to spark growth in your child’s journey towards success. Whether your child is entering kindergarten, or has goals to learn how to drive, our unique seasonal programs are designed to equip your child with the skills and confidence they need to be independent in each season of life.

Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL) Foundations Program

Ability KC’s IADL Foundations Program provides a two week (2 hours a day) intensive program targeting specific skills related to pre-driving/transportation, money management, grocery shopping, cooking and pre work skills. Individuals will be evaluated by an occupational therapist (OT) and recommended for this program to address specific skill areas as appropriate. This group-based program will provide education, intervention, and develop home programs related to key skill areas. Following completion of the program, participants will develop their own plan for home programming. Key skill areas targeted in this program include:

  • ADLs/IADLs
  • Driving Readiness
  • Visual Scanning
  • Processing Speed
  • Visual Perceptual Skills
  • Divided Attention
  • Alternating Attention
  • Working Memory
  • Money Management
  • Social Skills
  • Map/Direction Finding

Sessions are offered in the Spring, Summer and Fall.

Adaptive Swim Sessions – Ages 3-8

Adaptive Swim Sessions at Ability KC combines the expertise of our therapists with a focus on gaining confidence in the water, critical water safety skills and learning different swim strokes, all while having fun! Staff are trained in Swim Whisperers by Swim Angelfish to support swim lessons specifically for children with diverse needs, diagnoses and goals related to water. Each session will be led by one of Ability KC’s expert therapists and requires the child to be accompanied by a parent or guardian in the water.

Sessions are held in June and July. A one-time enrollment fee of $80 is due at the time of registration

Children swimming in a pool with therapists.

ChAMP
Children Achieving Milestones Program
Ages 6-10 Years Old

ChAMPs at Ability KC provides expert services to children with a wide range of diagnoses, conditions and disabilities. Children will participate in group and individual therapies to increase their abilities, develop new skills while sharpening others, and address individualized and family goals. Summer programming provides intensive, goal-driven therapies including physical, occupational, speech, and music therapy during the summer months. In addition to the goals and skills participants will work towards, they will gain invaluable social experiences participating in fun and unique group activities with their peers.

    • Expressive Communication
    • Fine Motor Skills
    • Gross Motor Skills
    • Self-Care Skills
    • Sensory Input
    • Social Skills
    • Strengthening
Therapist working with Adolescent patient/technology in Peds/Adol. gym

Beyond Transitions

Ability KC’s Beyond Transitions Program supports transitions from childhood to adolescence or into adulthood by focusing on skills necessary for children to reach their greatest independence throughout their lifetime. We create opportunities for physical, cognitive and social development as well as skills for adapting to situations or activities. The program utilizes a multidisciplinary approach including occupational and speech therapies as well as neuropsychology services.

  • Manage daily routines
  • Meal planning & preparation
  • Develop pre-job skills
  • Practice self-care skills
  • Health & fitness
  • Medication management
  • Household chores & routines
  • Navigate social situations
  • Money management
  • Community mobility
tatem doing laundry with therapist

Intensive Constraint & Bi-Manual Therapy

Using constraint and bi-manual training interventions, Ability KC’s pediatric team encourages children with hemiparesis to use their affected arm that has been impacted by a neurological event such as a stroke or brain injury. With the combination of group-based constraint activities and engaging home programs, these evidence-based practices help improve both the quality of movement and the amount of use of the affected arm and hand in activities of daily living. Each group activity is customized to be fun and motivating to support each child in reaching their goals!

    • Focus on hand and arm mobility, self-care, and social skills
    • Themed activities to motivate and encourage
    • Engaging home programs to improve carryover of skills learned during therapy and to facilitate increased use of their arm in activities of daily living.
Therapist with green ABKC shirt with Brain Injury patient

Feeding, ORAL REHAB and Dysphagia (F.O.R.D.) Program

The Feeding, Oral Rehab and Dysphagia (F.O.R.D.) Program is tailored for children facing feeding and swallowing challenges, offering a nurturing environment alongside peers of similar ages. Our therapists employ evidence-based methodologies such as the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding and the Beckman Oral Motor Approach, ensuring effective treatment of feeding difficulties in children. Sessions are available individually, in outpatient groups, or as part of our comprehensive Day Program. Help your child overcome feeding challenges and reach their goals with our expert support. Join us at Ability KC for this exciting new program!

Program dates coming soon!

Our Approach

Ability KC takes an integrated approach to our seasonal therapeutic programs for pediatrics and adolescents.

Our team will work with individuals to develop a care plan that can include intensive outpatient rehabilitation services, goal-based group therapies, and interest-based resources.

View Our Approach

Therapist with green ABKC shirt with Brain Injury patient
Therapist with little boy in pool smiling
zoomed in shot of people using bikes in Adult gym
Shot of full Med Rehab adult gym/shot of facility
patient in pink shirt playing game in group therapy
“When the need is great, the ideas need to be greater” quote on wall in peds gym
Dr. Kolessar (neuropsychologist) smiling/talking with patient

A Brighter Future Starts Here

Start your journey with Ability KC by using our online therapy planning tool, or feel free to reach out to our team regarding any questions or comments you may have.

little boy with teacher