KidVentures Therapy Services

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KidVentures
Therapy Services

5524 Bee Caves Road
Building L
Austin, Texas 78746
tel 512.327.4499
fax 512.327.4495

Camps & Groups

Pragmatics / Social Skills Group

Who

Consists of a group of 4-6 children who need extra help with social skills, peer interactions, self-regulation, and pragmatics. Pragmatics is the functional use of language in everyday social situations/contexts. Some children can describe pictures and make sentences with appropriate grammar and content, but have difficulty using language appropriately and naturally in social situations. Children may also have difficulty understanding social cues, initiating and maintaining play interactions and/or conversations, and understanding appropriate versus inappropriate ways to interact in social situations with peers and adults.

Description

This group helps to give children the tools to communicate effectively in a variety of social situations (positive and negative) that arise in our everyday life through modeling, facilitation, and group practice of specific skills so that they can build confidence and positive peer relationships. The children and families are provided with ideas for home practice to help generalize skills learned during group. Some children are not ready for a larger group setting and therefore begin in a social skills dyad (group of 2) before becoming a member of the larger group.

Led By

Led by a Speech-Language Pathologist and/or an Occupational Therapist

When

We currently have groups for children ages 4-11. Please call KidVentures for information on availability for each of these groups.

Cost

Please contact KidVentures for information regarding cost.

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Food School

Description

KidVentures Therapy Services is proud to introduce a new feeding program called “Food School”. Our feeding team, comprised of occupational therapists Angela Balmer, Erin Fisher and Allison Martin and speech-pathologist Cezanne McLoughlin, is working hard to evaluate and treat children that are picky or problem eaters using the S.O.S. Approach to Feeding. This program has been developed over the course of 20 years through the clinical work of Dr. Kay Toomey. Our Food School Program integrates postural, oral motor, behavioral/learning, sensory and nutritional factors and approaches in order to comprehensively evaluate and manage children with feeding challenges. The general goals of our program are:

1. To learn to have positive experiences with food
2. To learn about mealtime routines
3. To decrease resistance to touching, tasting, and swallowing food
4. To increase the range of foods a child will try
5. To increase the volume of food ingested

For more information, please call us at 512-327-4499.

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Bike Riding Group

Who

This class is designed for a group of 4-6 children who need a little extra help learning to ride their bike. Members do not need to be KidVentures clients. Many children who attend bike group resist coming to the first session or are nervous about attending the group. This is perfectly normal, so please don’t let fearfulness about bike riding deter you from signing up your child. We provide a VERY safe and secure environment and approach to bike riding and your child will go at a comfortable pace. The most important part of bike group is that your child feels safe and has FUN!

Led By

KidVentures Staff

What to Bring

Children are required to bring a bicycle without training wheels, a helmet, and a water bottle. Please adjust the seat height on the bicycle so that your child’s feet touch the ground with ease.

**If you are planning on buying a new bike for your child prior to this class, we suggest buying a cheaper one (from somewhere like Target) to learn on. It is better to get a bike a little on the smaller side, where at the lowest setting your child can sit comfortably on the bike and have both feet flat on the ground. Please don’t hesitate to call us if you have any questions.

When

Mondays and Fridays 4:00-5:00, October 15th – November 2nd

Cost

$325. Payment for the class series is required upon registration in order to hold your spot. This group is not reimbursable by insurance.

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Bike Skills Classes

Who

kids ages 5 years and older

Description

Individual one-on-one sessions for kids who want to learn to ride their bikes or need extra help with advanced bike skills

Led By

Jennifer Thomas, MS, OTR or Angie Balmer, OTR

What to Bring

• Helmet
• Water bottle
• Bike without training wheels
• Please adjust seat so that child’s feet can touch the ground with ease

**If you are planning on buying a new bike for your child prior to this class, we suggest buying a cheaper one (from somewhere like Target) to learn on. It is better to get a bike a little on the smaller side, where at the lowest setting your child can sit comfortably on the bike and have both feet flat on the ground. Please don’t hesitate to call us if you have any questions.

We encourage you to drop your child off and return 10 minutes before the end of the session to see what he/she has learned that day and can practice at home for the week. You are also welcome to wait in the KidVentures waiting room.

When

TBD according to child and therapist schedules

Cost

$90 for each 45min one-on-one session

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Thanksgiving Camps

Who

2+, siblings welcome

Description

Join us for our very first Thanksgiving Camps! We will have two one-day camps where your kids will engage in games and activities involving: gross motor skills, sensory play, fine motor play including arts & crafts, social games, and reading stories.

Led By

KidVentures Therapists and Staff

When

Dates:
Monday, Nov 19th: Turkey Bounce House Camp
Tuesday, Nov 20th: Flying Turkeys Games Camp
Wednesday, Nov 21st: Thanksgiving Sensory Play Camp

Time: 9:00am – 12:30pm
• We will eat snack and lunch, so please send those with your child each day

Cost

$70 per day for first child, $50 per day for siblings
• Payment in full is required upon registration; no refunds
• Enrollment is on a first come, first served basis
• Camp is not reimbursable by insurance

Contact Ashley at KidVentures to reserve your spot!

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Winter Camps

Who

2+, siblings welcome

Description

Join us this winter for a fun-filled holiday camp. Your kids will engage in games and activities involving: gross motor skills, sensory play, fine motor play including arts & crafts, social games, and reading stories.

Led By

KidVentures Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists and Therapy Techs

When

Dates & Themes: TBD

Time: 9:00am – 12:30pm
• We will eat snack and lunch, so please send those with your child each day

Cost

$70 per day for first child, $50 per day for siblings
• Payment in full is required upon registration, no refunds
• Enrollment on a first come, first served basis
• We reserve the right to cancel a day of camp if not enough children sign up to make a group. You will not be charged if this happens.

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Spring Handwriting Class: Grasp & Upper Case Print

Who

Preschool – Kindergarten

Description

In this class, your child will learn strategies to help him or her use the correct grasp when writing. All capital letters of the print alphabet will also be introduced. This class engages children by using a multi-sensory approach, and participants use several mediums to learn letter formation (not just pencil and paper). Fun writing projects such as science experiments, art creations, and games keep the children engaged and excited about writing. Each class will include gym time to work on hand, upper extremity, and core strength and endurance. Even the most reluctant writers improve their handwriting as well as their confidence and willingness to engage in writing tasks.

Led By

Brandi Gitcho, MA, OTR and Therapy Techs

When

Dates & Times: TBD

Cost

Cost: $450 (per 10 sessions)
• Payment in full is required upon registration in order to hold a spot
• Enrollment on a first come, first served basis
• This group is not reimbursable by insurance

***Please keep in mind that our handwriting class is geared towards helping kids learn in a group environment. While we have several staff in place, this class is not set up for individual care. If we feel a child’s behavior is detrimental to the group in any way, he/she will be asked to leave and parents will need to pick them up upon phone call.

***We appreciate your help in making this class/group environment a good one for your child and his/her peers. Please discuss with your child appropriate behavior for this setting. Thank you! Also, please feel free to call us to discuss if you have questions or concerns about behavior.

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Spring Break Camp

Who

Kids ages 2 and up, siblings welcome. You do not need to be a current or previous KidVentures client.

Description

Join us this Spring Break for a fun-filled camp consisting of games and activities involving gross motor skills, sensory play, fine motor play including arts and crafts, social games, and stories.

Led By

KidVentures Occupational Therapist, Speech Therapists, and Therapy Techs

What to Bring

When

Dates & Themes: TBD

Time: 9:00am – 12:30pm
• We will eat snack and lunch, so please send those with your child each day

Cost

$70/day for the first child, $50/day for siblings* Payment in full required upon registration; no refunds* Enrollment is on a first come, first served basis

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Summer Camp

Who

2+, siblings welcome

Description

Join us this summer for fun-filled therapeutic camps in which we strive to help your children with their play and social interaction with peers. Specific areas to be addressed include: social/pragmatic skills, gross and fine motor skills, arousal level/self-regulation, sensory processing and speech-language.

Led By

Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists and Therapy Techs

What to Bring

• snack, lunch, and water bottle
• diapers/pull ups, wipes, and change of clothes if needed

When

Time: Mondays-Fridays 9:00am – 12:30pm
• We will eat snack and lunch, so please send those with your child each day

Dates & Themes: TBD

Cost

Cost: $400 (per week long camp). You can enroll for one or multiple weeks.
• Payment in full is required upon registration in order to hold a spot; no refunds
• Enrollment is on a first come, first served basis
• Camp is not reimbursable by insurance

** While we are fully staffed for these camps, if your child cannot stay with the group and requires a one-on-one there will be an extra charge of $10/hour.

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Fun with Food Summer Camp

Who

3 years and up

Description

Join us this summer for a fun-filled therapeutic camp “Fun with Food”. Our camp will work on integrating postural skills, oral motor skills, sensory skills, behavioral/learning and nutritional factors for children that are considered to be picky eaters. The camp will help children have positive experiences with food, begin to learn about mealtime routines, help them decrease resistance to touching, tasting, and swallowing food and help them increase the range of foods they will try. We will also spend time working on gross motor skills, fine motor skills and sensory processing. This camp is an excellent preparatory camp for future Food School individual or group sessions at KidVentures.

Led By

KidVentures Feeding therapists and support staff

What to Bring

• diapers/pull ups, wipes, and change of clothes if needed
• have your child wear clothing that is okay to get messy

When

TBD

Cost

$400 (fee includes food/supply cost)
• Payment in full and Food Range Diary’s are required upon registration in order to hold a spot; NO REFUNDS
• Enrollment is on a first come, first served basis
• Camp is not reimbursable by insurance

** While we are fully staffed for these camps, if your child cannot stay with the group, consideration on an individual basis will be made and an additional $10/hour will be applied if 1:1 support is needed

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Handwriting Fun: Upper Case Letters

Who

Preschool – entering 1st grade

Description

Who knew handwriting could be fun?! Our kids do! Across the board kids have reported loving this camp, regardless of frustration and reluctance.
“Handwriting really can be fun!” – Tyler G

This camp is designed for young writers who are learning to form their upper case letters. Your child will participate in games, obstacle courses, art, and cooking tasks, all while learning the upper case alphabet. Specific areas to be addressed are upper extremity strength and endurance, postural stability, motor planning, fine motor skills, and visual motor/perceptual skills. Writers will learn how to correctly form upper case letters and use age-appropriate writing lines, all while having fun. This camp focuses on learning how to make upper case letters correctly while improving pencil control.

***Please keep in mind that our handwriting class is geared towards helping kids learn in a group environment. While we have several staff in place, this class is not set up for individual care. If we feel a child’s behavior is detrimental to the group in any way, he/she will be asked to leave and parents will need to pick them up upon phone call.

***We appreciate your help in making this class/group environment a good one for your child and his/her peers. Please discuss with your child appropriate behavior for this setting. Thank you! Also, please feel free to call us to discuss if you have questions or concerns about behavior.

Led By

Brandi Gitcho, MA, OTR and Therapy Techs

When

Dates & Times: TBD

Cost

Cost: $400 (per 5 day camp week)
• Payment in full is required upon registration in order to hold a spot
• Enrollment on a first come, first served basis
• This group is not reimbursable by insurance

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Handwriting Fun: Lower Case Print

Who

preschool entering Kindergarten– entering 1st grade

Description

Who knew handwriting could be fun?! Our kids do! Across the board kids have reported loving this camp, regardless of frustration and reluctance.
“I love this camp so much that I want to come back next year!” – Riley M

This camp is designed for young writers who are learning to form their lower case letters. Your child will participate in games, obstacle courses, art, and cooking tasks, all while learning the lower case alphabet. Specific areas to be addressed are upper extremity strength and endurance, postural stability, motor planning, fine motor skills, and visual motor/perceptual skills. Writers will learn how to correctly form lower case letters and use age-appropriate writing lines, all while having fun. This camp focuses on learning how to make lower case letters correctly as well as words and short phrases.

***Please keep in mind that our handwriting class is geared towards helping kids learn in a group environment. While we have several staff in place, this class is not set up for individual care. If we feel a child’s behavior is detrimental to the group in any way, he/she will be asked to leave and parents will need to pick them up upon phone call.

***We appreciate your help in making this class/group environment a good one for your child and his/her peers. Please discuss with your child appropriate behavior for this setting. Thank you! Also, please feel free to call us to discuss if you have questions or concerns about behavior.

Led By

Brandi Gitcho, MA, OTR and Therapy Techs

When

Dates & Times : TBD

Cost

Cost: $400 (per 5 day camp week)
• Payment in full is required upon registration in order to hold a spot
• Enrollment on a first come, first served basis
• This group is not reimbursable by insurance

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Handwriting Fun: Sentences & Paragraphs

Who

Children entering 1st-5th grades

Description

Who knew handwriting could be fun?! Our kids do! Across the board kids have reported loving this camp, regardless of frustration and reluctance.
“I didn’t even feel like we were working on handwriting because these science experiments are so cool!” – James B

Join us this summer for a fun-filled camp designed to help your child with handwriting skills. Your child will participate in games, obstacle courses, art, and cooking tasks all geared toward an end product of written work based on these activities. Specific areas to be addressed, that promote functional handwriting, include upper extremity strength, postural stability, motor planning, fine motor skills, and visual motor/perceptual skills. Your child’s overall handwriting skills will improve, and he/she will be having fun along the way. This camp is designed for kids that already know how to make their letters and focuses on writing several sentences and/or paragraphs.

***Please keep in mind that our handwriting class is geared towards helping kids learn in a group environment. While we have several staff in place, this class is not set up for individual care. If we feel a child’s behavior is detrimental to the group in any way, he/she will be asked to leave and parents will need to pick them up upon phone call.

***We appreciate your help in making this class/group environment a good one for your child and his/her peers. Please discuss with your child appropriate behavior for this setting. Thank you! Also, please feel free to class us to discuss if you have questions or concerns about behavior.

Led By

Brandi Gitcho, MA, OTR and Therapy Techs

When

Dates & Times: TBD

Cost

Cost: $400 (per 5 day camp week)
• Payment in full is required upon registration in order to hold a spot
• Enrollment on a first come, first served basis
• This group is not reimbursable by insurance

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Summer Grasp Class

Who

Preschool-entering 1st grade

Description

Is your child holding his or her pencil correctly? Does your child need to improve fine motor strength and endurance? Does your child struggle with or avoid art and other fine motor tasks? Join us this summer for a fun-filled class designed to help your child with grasp skills and hand strength and endurance. Your child will participate in games, obstacle courses, art, and science experiments that incorporate using a mature, tripod grasp. Specific areas to be addressed are postural stability, upper extremity strength and endurance, manual dexterity, visual motor/perceptual skills, and of course grasp. They will use a variety of fun mediums to develop their grasp, including tongs, eye droppers, scissors, markers, crayons, and map pencils. If you are concerned about your young child’s grasp, it is best to correct it as soon as possible, as it is very difficult to correct when they get older.

***Please keep in mind that our handwriting class is geared towards helping kids learn in a group environment. While we have several staff in place, this class is not set up for individual care. If we feel a child’s behavior is detrimental to the group in any way, he/she will be asked to leave and parents will need to pick them up upon phone call.

***We appreciate your help in making this class/group environment a good one for your child and his/her peers. Please discuss with your child appropriate behavior for this setting. Thank you! Also, please feel free to class us to discuss if you have questions or concerns about behavior.

Led By

Brandi Gitcho, MA, OTR and Therapy Techs

When

TBD

Cost

$400 (per 5 day camp week)
• Payment in full is required upon registration in order to hold a spot
• Enrollment on a first come, first served basis
• This group is not reimbursable by insurance

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