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Kenny KidsTM Pediatric Rehabilitation Program
Kenny Kids is a specialized pediatric rehabilitation program offered by Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute.
We are dedicated to providing personalized treatment for children from birth to late adolescence who have medical conditions or syndromes that may interfere with normal development. (Pediatric therapy is also offered at many of our other Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute sites).
The Kenny Kids staff consists of occupational and physical therapists and speech-language pathologists who have extensive training in pediatric rehabilitation.
Hanna Maslowski: 2012 Patient of the Year
Maslowski, who has spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, is the recipient of SKRI's highest Inspiration Award – the 2012 Patient of the Year Award. She has been receiving therapy for several years at Kenny Kids – Coon Rapids.
Scott Benz: Determination well beyond his years
Imagine being only 14 years old and suffering four ischemic strokes! That's what happened to Scott Benz in 2010. The strokes occurred during a five-month period of time until a Microplex coil was inserted into his vertebral artery to prevent further episodes.
Kenny Kids: Making lives work through play
Bailey Kircher is a fun 5-year-old from Owatonna. Until recently, autism made it nearly impossible for her to express herself to her parents and siblings. Bailey receives therapy twice a week at Kenny Kids™, part of Sister Kenny® Rehabilitation Institute – Owatonna.
Kenny Kids is designed to help children who experience the following:
Kenny Kids also provides services for children with autism, ADD/ADHD, arthritis, brain injuries, cerebral palsy, chronic illness, cleft palate, delayed motor development, genetic syndromes (i.e., Down syndrome, Fragile X), hearing loss, orthopedic injuries/surgeries and spasticity.
Kenny Kids helps children with their perceptual, social, motor and handwriting skills. Information is provided on augmentative communication, fitness and exercise and on safety concerns for children with special needs.
Education is provided through classes, home programs, family conferences, care coordination with schools and a resource library.
About our staff
Our staff consists of occupational and physical therapists and speech-language pathologists who have extensive training in pediatric rehabilitation.
Occupational therapists focus on:
Speech language pathologists focus on:
Physical therapists focus on:
Frequently asked questions
Frequently asked questions for parents
Every insurance plan is different. Check with your insurance carrier's customer service department to learn about the benefits and exclusions of your plan prior to your initial treatment session.
If your insurance plan requires prior authorization for ongoing treatment, our staff will assist you in obtaining this prior authorization. Co-payments and plan exclusions are your responsibility. Questions regarding insurance coverage should be directed to your insurance company's customer service department.
Children should wear loose, comfortable, active-wear clothing, and have tennis shoes available. Some play activities are messy, so dress your child appropriately. If one of the goals of therapy is to improve your child's dressing skills, a change of clothing may be appropriate to bring to therapy for your child to practice these skills.
Family members and caregivers directly involved with your child are welcome to attend therapy sessions. We feel it is important for caregivers to be involved in learning about play activities that are beneficial for your child. Children who have actively involved families have the best outcomes in therapy intervention.
Due to the privacy of all of our patients, only one or two family members should attend your child's treatment session at a given time. If it is necessary for you to bring siblings along to therapy, you may be asked to wait with your child's siblings in our waiting area. This allows for the privacy and optimal treatment environment for all of our patients, as well as safety and infection control concerns.
If you are not present during your child's full treatment session, you are welcome to attend the last five to ten minutes to discuss your child's session and plan of care in the privacy of a treatment room, rather than in the waiting area.
After an evaluation, the therapists – along with the caregivers – are better equipped to formulate goals and a focused intervention plan. While the child's overall developmental needs might be global, the initial plan may focus on a single area of development for a defined period of time. This individualized treatment plan is determined by the child's current abilities and needs, parents' and family's goals, capabilities and schedules, and other interventions the child may be receiving.
Therapy intervention may be one of the following options:
Frequently asked questions about scheduling
In an effort to provide your children the best care possible, we encourage regular and timely attendance at scheduled therapy appointments. Children demonstrate more objective progress toward their goals when they attend appointments consistently.
Our goal is to provide excellent rehabilitation services and maintain the productivity of our staff by improving scheduling and reducing last minute cancellations.
Please review your child's printed itinerary report for appointment confirmation. You should receive a copy of this itinerary on your first scheduled therapy appointment. You may request an itinerary report at any time from the schedulers/receptionists.
You and your therapist will discuss your child's plan of care, and your therapist will document this plan of care in the progress note to your doctor. If you have signed a release of information, you may request a copy of your child's progress note from the hospital’s medical records department. This plan of care will help you to know how many appointments should be scheduled. You will want to ensure that your plan of care is reflected in the number of appointments scheduled on your itinerary.
For example, if your therapist recommends weekly appointments for two months, your itinerary should include eight visits. If your insurance plan requires prior authorization, the insurance provider will also receive a copy of your child's plan of care. After authorization is received, you may be scheduled only for the number of visits that are authorized by your insurance company.
Once the appropriate frequency and duration of treatment for your child has been determined after his/her evaluation, you can schedule your appointment by calling Kenny Kids directly. Depending on your insurance coverage, your first therapy appointment for treatment may not be scheduled until after prior authorization from your insurance company has been received. Insurance prior authorization may take 10-30 days.
If your child requires weekly treatment sessions, we recommend that he/she be scheduled on the same day, at the same time, with the same therapists. This consistency is optimal for families, children and treatment outcomes. If your child requires therapy from more than one discipline, we will make every effort to schedule appointments consecutively as able or appropriate. When your child's therapist is ill or on vacation, every effort will be made to obtain coverage for your child's treatment session. This may include a substitute therapist, or rescheduling your child’s appointment with another therapist. We will notify you of any changes as soon as possible. You can help us recognize any inconsistencies in your child's schedule by regularly checking your child's itinerary.
If you need to reschedule an appointment due to a conflicting appointment, illness, or family vacation, please let us know as soon as possible. A 24-hour notice is customary. Every effort will be made to reschedule you on another day. Call Kenny Kids directly to reschedule.
Please cancel your appointment by calling Kenny Kids as soon as possible if there are:
Any patient who fails to show or cancels in less than 24 hours for two or more scheduled appointments will receive a letter regarding the no-show and cancellation policy. If a third appointment is missed or cancelled in less than 24 hours, the remaining appointments may be cancelled. Your child may then return for a re-evaluation after receiving a new order from his/her physician.
We understand that illness may result in last minute cancellations. We do NOT encourage you to bring a child to therapy when he/she is ill. It is in the best interest of all of our patients and staff that children who are ill not attend therapy. If your child is ill over a period of time and this necessitates last-minute cancellations, please ask to speak to your child's therapist, who will then work with you individually to determine the best course of action for ongoing therapy and scheduled appointments.
Please be aware that out of fairness to other patients, if you arrive more than 20 minutes late for your appointment, you may not receive the length of treatment session that would be typical or may be asked to re-schedule the appointment.
A referral is needed from your child's health care provider before therapy can begin. Once your doctor has referred you to the Kenny Kids Rehabilitation Program, contact the location of your choice below.
Kenny Kids - Buffalo