Welcome to KC Developmental Therapies!

At KCDT, we offer a play-based approach that keeps relationships as the focus. We believe that development occurs within the context of engagement and relationships. Our goal is to understand a child's individual differences and keep their natural motivations at the center of our work. We use the child's primary relationships to support sensory, motor, and language development. We empower parents to take an active role in therapy sessions which center on a child's interests and emotions.

We believe that there is no one therapeutic approach that fits every child. We believe that parents know their child best and should be able to choose the treatment approach that best fits their child and family's needs. It is our mission to provide therapy based around the needs of each individual child and family.


KC Developmental Therapies offers a wide range of services to meet the unique needs of children and their families.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy services are provided to help children who have difficulties in the areas of sensory processing, motor planning, visual-motor skills, and motor coordination. Our OT sessions target improving a child's ability to participate in play, learning, and self-help skills. We use sensory motor play in order to help build a child's self-confidence. We want children to confidently explore their environment, whether that's a toddler exploring toys, a child exploring a fun park or playground or a child confidently sitting in school cutting and coloring. Occupational therapists work on helping people in their occupations and the "occupation" of a child after-all is play, school, and self-help skills!

Speech-Language Therapy

Speech-Language Therapy services are provided to help children with speech and language disorders or delays. Some children may only need speech-language services in order to target articulation skills or language skills necessary for reading, writing and being successful in school. Some children may need speech-language services in order to help in the beginning stages of communication; using their voice, using gestures, using eye gaze and facial expressions in order to begin to communicate needs, wants, thoughts and ideas. Some children may need to use signs, pictures or Augmentative and Alternative Communication devices to communicate, such as an application on an iPad. Other children may need help expressing their ideas in an organized manner so they can expand on their ideas during play with family or with friends. We can meet the needs of the child and family where they are and help them expand on their strengths while supporting and working through areas of weakness.

Feeding Therapy

The SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding program is offered to individuals and small groups to help address children with problematic feeding behaviors. The SOS Approach uses a whole child approach to assess organ systems, muscles, development, sensory, oral-motor, learning/behavior, cognition, nutrition and environment. The SOS Approach focuses on increasing a child's comfort level by allowing exploration of food in a fun, playful, non-stressful way. We often work together with feeding groups so that sensory needs, fine motor needs and oral- motor needs can be targeted at the same time when working on feeding. In our experience feeding is such a complex issue and takes a whole child approach in order to be successful.

Parent Training and Coaching

Parent training and coaching are very important to us. We want parents to feel successful in their interactions with their children. Our goal is to help parents on this journey wherever they are, overcoming any obstacles that get in their way. We want to be partners with parents, providing them with our professional knowledge while honoring them as experts on their child.

DIR/Floortime®

We follow the DIR/Floortime® approach to therapy. This means we consider the child's level of development, individual differences, and relationships with assessing and planning treatment. Engagement is always at the center of our work with children. We strive to help parents better understand their child's individual differences including sensory processing, motor planning, and language skills.

Social Skills Groups

Social skills groups, preschool play groups and therapeutic dyads are offered to work on a child's ability to pay attention to friends, include friend's ideas into play, work together as a team, try new skills in a more complex environment and to have fun! We think groups should be tailored around the needs of each individual child so we often make groups from children we are already seeing who we know would be good fits with one another, playing on each other's strengths and weaknesses. For example we might pair together a child who has a hard time coming up with ideas but can stick with an idea for a long time and expand on given ideas with a child who has a lot of ideas but has a hard time staying with and expanding on an idea. We use the Social Thinking® curriculum in some of our groups to help children take in the thoughts, emotions and intentions of the other people they are interacting with.

Consultative Services

We also offer consultation, contract support services and collaboration to daycares, private schools, public schools and community programs. We believe in a collaborative team approach and want to help children in all their natural environments. We offer preschool and kindergarten screenings, follow-up assessment and evaluation and treatment to facilities that do not have on site occupational and speech-language therapists. We are always happy to provide professional development and parent in-services.

Brookes Barrack

Brookes Barrack, Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist

Brookes Barrack, MS CCC-SLP has over 10 years of experience working with children on the autism spectrum and with a variety of speech/language disorders. She graduated from Rockhurst University in 2003 with a Master's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She as worked in a variety of pediatric settings including home-based, outpatient clinics, preschools, and elementary schools. Brookes authored the chapter on Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Communication Disorders Casebook. She is trained as a PLAY Project Home consultant and is a DIRFloortime certificate candidate. Brookes is married and is a mom of three.
Emily Tritz

Emily Tritz, Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Emily Tritz, OTD, OTR/L graduated from Creighton University in 2002 with a Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy. She completed her certification in the DIR/Floortime model in January 2011 through the Interdiciplinary Council on Development and Learning (ICDL). Emily is the only Expert DIRFloortime certified practitioner in Missouri and Kansas. She also holds a Profectum Academy Fellows Certificate. She has worked as a pediatric occupational therapist in many different pediatric settings working primarily with children with sensory processing disorder and children on the autism spectrum. Emily is married and a mom of three.
Tiffany Eckland

Tiffany Eckland, Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Tiffany Eckland, OTR/L graduated from the University of Kansas in 1999 with a B.A. in Occupational Therapy. Tiffany has worked with children on the autism spectrum and sensory processing disorders for over 15 years in school, home and outpatient clinic settings. Tiffany is a certified PLAY Project Consultant as well as supervisor. Tiffany is also certified in both the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) as well as Integrated Listening System (iLS). Tiffany is a level CI DIR/Floortime certificate candidate. Tiffany is married and has two children.
Kally Germano

Kally Germano, Special Instructor and Autism Specialist

Kally Germano, MS in Special Education graduated from University of Kansas in 2014. She has worked in the school district for 5 years and then has worked in different settings: in home, clinic, in the community, as school, day cares, working primarily with children with Autism. She is a certified Play Project Consultant in training. She is married and is a mom to one little boy.
Mary Stanley

Mary Stanley, Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist


Hello partner
January 8, 2016 by Brookes

A good partnership is key to maximizing your child’s growth.

Relationships matter. Finding the right therapist for your child is one of the most important things you will do. At KC Developmental Therapies we believe that a good partnership is key to maximizing your child’s growth & capabilities. By working together we can have a bigger impact on your child, their development and on their future.


Relationships matter
January 8, 2016 by Brookes

We believe that relationships are key to your child’s development.

Parents are the “expert” on their child. Our work with parents is the most important part of our job! We make the biggest impact when working in close partnership with parents. When parents are part of treatment, we use the child’s most important relationships to help foster their development.


Follow their lead
January 8, 2016 by Brookes

“A child’s interest is the window to their emotional life”

Stanley Greenspan

We follow the child’s natural interests and ideas during play. Humans are social creatures. We want to share our thoughts and ideas with others. We help children share their ideas with parents, siblings, grandparents and friends. We help parents understand how to support their children’s ideas and expand on them. We help children feel confident knowing that they are understood.


Make a connection
January 8, 2016 by Brookes

We believe that all children can have a meaningful connection with family and friends.

We follow the DIR/Floortime® approach to therapy. Engagement is always at the center of our work with children. We strive to help parents better understand their child’s individual differences including sensory processing, motor planning, and language skills.


Individual differences
January 8, 2016 by Brookes

We believe we are all unique.

What matters most is not what makes us the same, but how we are different. It’s these differences that set us apart from one another, make us unique and make us who we are. We adhere to an individualized-differences approach to treatment. We provide therapy based around the needs of each individual child and family.



Contact us

 


816-769-3558



info@kc-dt.com


13418 Santa Fe Trail Drive
Lenexa, KS 66215


Do you accept private insurance?

We are in network providers with Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cerner and Coventry.

Do you accept Medicaid?

No, we do not accept MO or KS Medicaid.

What if I'm out of network?

We will provided a coded invoice so that you may seek some reimbursement for services. We are happy to provide you with treatment notes and any other information you may need to assist in reimbursement.

What questions should I ask my insurance company?

You should ask your insurance company if you need any pre-authorization for servies, how many sessions you are alloted annually, what your deductible is, and where to send out of network claims.

What is DIR/Floortime®?

DIR/Floortime is an evidenced based treatment approach. It is developmentally based and puts relationships at the forefront. In a recent NIH study Parent-Implemented development models such as DIR/Floortime were found to be more cost effective and to generalize more than ABA.

What is the difference between DIR/Floortime® and ABA

DIR/Floortime is a child led approach. We seek to find children’s interests in order to bring out their intentionality and ideas. ABA is therapist directed. ABA works to build skills rather than buidling development as a whole. We often say that DIR/Floortime works on the process instead of just the end product.

Do parents participate in treatment sessions?

We love to have parent participation. We understand that sometimes parents cannot be in sessions due to scheduling but we love buidling a team with families so that what we do at the clinic can be practiced at home and carryover and generalization can occur.