1. Would my child benefit from services at Kidsplay?
If you suspect that your child may have a speech or language concern, a gross or fine motor problem, or difficulty processing sensory information, a speech/language evaluation or occupational therapy evaluation may be warranted. If you have any questions, an experienced therapist can discuss your concerns and assist with deciding whether an assessment would be appropriate. We also welcome you to visit Kidsplay. We offer tours of the clinic, as well as the opportunity to observe treatment sessions and meet with clinic staff to discuss any questions you have about the services that are offered here.
2. What is the process by which my child will receive services?
The first step is to receive a prescription from your child's primary care physician. Next, you can contact Kidsplay either through the web or phone where you will be asked to complete an intake packet providing basic information on your child and health insurance. Someone from Kidsplay will call you to schedule an appointment for an initial evaluation. The evaluation takes 1-2 hours. Once completed, an assessment report will be compiled with recommendations and sent to you and your child's physician. In some cases, prior aut horization from the insurance company is also required, so the appropriate information will be provided to them as well. Once authorization is received, any necessary therapy is scheduled. The children receive a regular appointment time.
3. Does my child's doctor play a role?
Yes. All services originate with a prescription from your child's pediatrician. This is required for both assessment and treatment. We can assist with orders. With some insurance plans, a referral from the primary physician is required. Once the evaluation is complete the physician will receive a copy, and the physician will participate in a plan of care every 6 months.
4. Does insurance cover these services?
KidsPlay Therapy Center, Inc. is a contracted Network Provider for the following plans: BCBS/PPO/Indemnity, Humana/ChouceCare, PHCS, Great-west, 1st Health. KidsPlay Therapy Center, Inc. also accepts other insurance plans. Please contact us with your insurance information to have benefits verified. We are always updating our provider list to better serve you.
Many insurance plans cover speech and occupational therapy services. It is very dependent on the individual insurance plan, which needs to be checked carefully. Some plans require prior authorization before services can be rendered. Others have restrictions on the number if visits per year that are allowed. Still others require referrals from the primary clinic your child attends. It is necessary for parents to be aware of these benefits.
5. Can you help my child talk?
If you are concerned about your child's speech and language development you should definitely consult with a speech pathologist. It is true that many children acquire these skills in their own time, however, for those children that require additional support to develop those skills we are here.
For children with limited expressive language skills we can help develop a means of communicating skills through requesting, turn talking, communicative intent and much more. We can also help children increase auditory comprehension skills through receptive language training of spatial and temporal concepts, multi step commands and many other areas.
Can we help your child to talk? YES! In many ways!
6. How long will my child be in therapy?
The length of time that a child spends in therapy is very dependent on his or her individual needs. Length of time is also very dependent on follow-through at home. A strong home component is necessary to the success of the therapy.
7. What do I need to do as a parent or caregiver to make sure my child gets the most from his or her therapy?
Parents and caregivers are very critical for therapeutic progress. As part of your child's treatment, you will receive a home program. Since your child is only in therapy a limited amount of time per week, carrying over suggestions at home is necessary for progress. The course of treatment is also decreased by consistent follow-through at home and across other environments that your child may be involved in.
8. How is therapy at Kidsplay different than therapy offered at school?
School therapy needs to be based on your child's educational needs. It is also necessary to qualify for those services. Occupational therapy is considered a related service, meaning that it must be related to a primary service such as an academic service (i.e. learning disability or a speech/language service disabilities, etc.). It cannot be the only service that your child is receiving. Occupational therapy services also vary greatly from district to district and they often are most focused on fine motor issues. Due to time constraints in the schools, sessions tend to be much shorter in your child's school-based programs. Therapists may not be able to provide the intensity and the frequency that is needed. Often schools do not have the space for the equipment or the necessary equipment available to address sensory-based problems. Kidsplay has large gyms with a variety of suspended equipment. Therapists have participated in extensive training focusing on sensory integration. We emphasize contact with your child's school therapist for consistency in treatment and sharing of information from setting to setting.
9. What is occupational therapy?
Occupational therapy is a health profession in which the therapists are trained to improve a person's occupational performance. A pediatric occupational therapist work with the child and family to improve a child's play, education, or self-care skills such as feeding and dressing. An occupational therapist evaluates the child's fine motor, sensory integration, visual perceptual and self-care care skills as well as range of motion, muscle tone, motor planning, functional communication and social adaptation. If the child and family would benefit from occupational therapy, the occupational therapist will recommend treatment and will utilize his or her knowledge in sensory integration, anatomy, neurology, kinesiology, child development, medical diagnosis and current research to improve the child's occupational performance. The therapy sessions are generally fun for the child and a variety of activities may be adapted to address your child's needs.
10. What are sensory activities?
Sensory activities are designed to challenge your child's ability to respond appropriately to sensory input. This is done by providing challenging and exciting activities in which your child can succeed and maintain organization. Some sensory activities may include climbing up a ladder, playing in beans, jumping into a ball pit, sliding down a scooter board, swinging on a trapeze, or walking barefoot in the mud. The activities will be designed to provide the child with proprioceptive and vestibular input to help with organization and body awareness. The challenge level of the activity will increase over time. Therapy should be an activity the child looks forward to; however, this may take some time to get to for the child who is very hesitant of new environments. The trained therapists at Kidsplay will work with your child to provide individualized activities that will provide just the right sensory input as your child's sensory system is maturing. The sensory gym at Kidsplay has suspended equipment, a ball pit, bolsters, a balance beam, tunnels, a trampoline, scooter boards and much more. After receiving sensory integration treatment, therapists observe and parents often report improved attention, improved compliance with dressing and eating, improved tolerance to new places, a more organized child, improved motor skills, less tantrums, improved self esteem, improved academic skills, improved hand-eye coordination and an overall improved sense of self.