By Shayla Patrick, KY3 News |
Posted: Wed 5:24 AM, Jan 25, 2017 |
Updated: Wed 12:27 PM, Jan 25, 2017
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – A new therapy program is coming to Springfield that aims to help children with disabilities.
Springfield is soon to be one of just four cities in the state to launch the Capable Kids and Families Program.
The Program was started by a Community Partnership group in Rolla and then spread to St. Louis, Jefferson City, and now here in Springfield.
It’s called Capable Kids and Families and will provide support groups and home visits to families of young kids living with physical or developmental challenges.
A big part of the program involves loaning therapy equipment to families, and delivering it to their homes.
“It could be positioning devices, it could be switches for adaptive toys, it could be sensory integration stuff, just any number of things that a child with a disability who may be in therapy would use at a therapists office but isn’t able to take home,” said Dana Carroll, deputy director with Community Partnership of the Ozarks.
“It allows them to take [equipment] home and helps them advance quicker perhaps,” she said.
Families of children with developmental delays and disabilities often report experiencing isolation, exclusion, financial hardships, insurance restrictions and difficulty accessing treatment, services and resources. Organizers say they hope this program can help relieve some of those feelings and ease the stress upon local families.
Capable Kids and Families services are provided through grant funding from Missouri Department of Social Services. In Greene County, children with developmental delays and disabilities are eligible for this program up until age 6.
CPO is accepting applications for the program now and hopes to launch the program by next month. To learn more about Capable Kids and Families, call (417) 888-2020.