Starting something new is difficult for most of us, and the anticipation can cause unnecessary nervousness in children of all ages and abilities! We want kids and parents to feel at ease from the first moment they meet Capernaum staff! Below is a summary of what to expect on your first visit!
Does your child move, talk, learn, and eat like other children his or her age? Have teachers, physicians, or other caregivers expressed concerns about your child's development? Capernaum staff can help you determine if speech, occupational, or physical therapy evaluations are needed. If you have questions or concerns, our therapists are available to help address them. If you would like to know more about our therapy services, call the office at 952-285-2840, and we would be happy to answer any questions or set up a time for you to meet with a therapist.
Our helpful office staff will ask you simple questions about the services you are looking for, as well as insurance information, and will schedule an evaluation appointment. Have your insurance card handy when you call! You can conveniently obtain a parent packet on our website (under the "Express Registration" on the home page) or from the therapist. Please fill it out, and return it to your therapist at your scheduled evaluation.
It is important that you contact your insurance provider to determine the details of your insurance plan. Please note that some plans within an insurance company may not cover all services.
Capernaum therapists will work with your child's physician(s) to provide the best care and to better meet the established goals. Therapists will update him or her regularly regarding your child's progress. Your child's doctor plays a key role in beginning, continuing, and completing therapy services, by providing a prescription.
Capernaum generally has openings in all therapies! If your child can't be seen soon enough for your needs, we will gladly give you the names of other pediatric therapy providers in the area. The more flexible you are with therapy times, the faster you can get in!
The frequency and duration of your child's therapy is dependenton your child's particular skills and challenges. To encourage rapid progress, your therapist will work with you to determine your therapy schedule, provide home programming ideas, and discuss discharge plans regularly.
Each evaluation typically takes approximately 60 minutes. The evaluation process consists of formal and informal assessments, parent and child interviews, collaboration to develop a family-centered plan of care, and, with permission, interfacing with your child's other care providers/teachers when appropriate.
Therapy services that are provided in the school setting focus on developing skills that are needed specifically for education. Goals are developed that will impact the child's role as a student. Therapy services outside of the school setting focus on the many roles of a child's life within their home, school, and community activities.
(a poem by one of our Capernaum kids!)