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Child and Family Support Center

Kennedy Krieger Institute • 1750 East Fairmount Ave. • Baltimore, MD 21231

Director:

Mary Mueller, LCSW-C

About Our Center:

The Child and Family Support Center is a family-directed multidisciplinary program dedicated to providing comprehensive care for children and families in the Baltimore Metropolitan area. Our occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, and mental health counselors work together to help children fulfill their potential. In addition to individual therapies, we assist families with service coordination through Baltimore City’s Infants and Toddler Program, including service coordination programs focused exclusively on serving the Latino and Orthodox Jewish communities. We provide services in-home, at our clinic, and in the community. As a family-directed program, we understand that parents and guardians are the experts on their children. We are dedicated to making sure that caretakers understand, participate in, and guide their child’s care.  

For Appointments & Referrals, Contact:

Mindy Golden
Child and Family Support Center Referral Coordinator
Phone: (443) 923-3285 • Fax: (443) 923-3845 • Email: Golden@kennedykrieger.org

Julia Chavez
Primeros Pasos Referral Coordinator
Phone: (410) 298-9284 • Fax: (410) 298-9288 • Email: Chavez@kennedykrieger.org
Referrals can be made in Spanish or English

Naomi Shabtai
Kodem Kol Referral Coordinator
Phone: (410) 298-7000 ext. 41891 • Fax: (410) 448-7366 • Email: Shabtai@kennedykrieger.org

Child and Family Support Program Services:

Occupational Therapy

Our occupational therapists provide home-, center-, and community-based evaluations and treatment for children from birth to kindergarten. Treatments address a wide-range of concerns including developing self-care, fine motor, and perceptual motor skills, facilitating typical development, and addressing feeding and sensory issues. Our occupational therapists involve parents and caretakers in therapy and provide them with skills to build on their children’s progress between sessions. 

Physical Therapy

Our physical therapists provide home-, center-, and community-based evaluations and treatment for children from birth to kindergarten. We provide treatment for children with developmental delays, neurologic disorders, chromosomal abnormalities, and other genetic conditions. We also provide assessments for orthotics and adaptive equipment and manual therapy for infants with torticollis and plagiocephaly. Our physical therapists involve parents and caretakers in therapy and provide them with skills to build on their children’s progress between sessions.  At this time, physical therapists are available to provide services in Spanish.

Speech Therapy

Our speech-language pathologists provide home-, center-, and community-based evaluations and treatment for children from birth to kindergarten as well as reading help for school-aged children. Speech-language pathologists help children with expressive and receptive language, communication skills, clarity of speech, feeding issues, literacy, oral motor difficulties, and use of augementative/alternative communication (AAC) devices.  Speech therapy from Spanish speaking therapists is also available.  Our speech-language pathologists involve parents and caretakers in therapy and provide them with skills to build on their children’s progress between sessions. 

Early Intervention Service Coordination

Our early intervention service coordinators provide home-, center-, and community-based services for children from birth to age 4 through Baltimore City’s Infants and Toddlers Program. Service coordinators create an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), coordinate and monitor services, provide family education and support, and connect families with community resources. 

Mental Health Counseling

Our licensed social workers provide home-, center-, and community-based evaluations and treatment for children from birth to age 18 and for parents or primary caregivers of children receiving services at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Social workers provide individual therapy for children, adolescents, and adult caregivers as well as family therapy and short-term parenting programs including Circle of Security. We treat a wide variety of mental health issues including anxiety, depression, anger issues, trauma, behavior problems, ADHD, relationship issues, social skills, school struggles, adjusting to distressing life events, and coping with disabilities and chronic illnesses.

Therapy Groups

  • Early Explorers Preschool Group: Speech and occupational therapists help children ages 2 to 5 with developmental disabilities prepare for school while meeting individualized therapy goals.
     
  • Happy Feet: Gait Improvement Therapy Group: Physical therapists work with children ages 18 months to 4 years, who walk on their tip toes or have other difficulties developing a normal walking pattern.

Toy Lending Library

Our occupational therapists, physical therapist, and speech and language pathologists utilize our Toy Lending Library to ensure that children have developmentally-appropriate toys that allow them to work toward their therapy goals between sessions.

Hours of Operation:

Therapy can be provided in the family's home, our center, schools, child care centers, Head Starts, or other locations in the community. Services are provided by appointment, with daytime and limited early evening hours available. Medical assistance and private insurance reimbursements are both accepted.

Referrals

NEVAEH’S STORY:

Nevaeh was born prematurely at 24 weeks’ gestation and was hospitalized for four months in a neonatal intensive care unit. She had bleeding on the brain and a shunt.

At 6 months old, she was referred to the Child and Family Support Center, with diagnoses of hydrocephalus and developmental delay. When the occupational therapist and physical therapist began to work with Nevaeh and her family, Nevaeh was not yet rolling over or sitting, and had no interest in toys. The therapists worked closely with Nevaeh and her mother in their home, and gave the family therapy recommendations they could incorporate into their daily interactions with Nevaeh. They set up play spaces with recommended toys and materials to support her development. Over time, Nevaeh began to blossom. By age 2, she was starting to try to communicate with her family members, and the program’s speech therapist began to work with her.

At 2 1/2, Nevaeh is happy and very attached to her mother, and she loves the company of all her family. She can crawl, pull to stand, and walk. She uses words to communicate and is enjoying her favorite toys, particularly looking at books and turning the pages. As Nevaeh approaches 3, her mother is proud that she is ready to start in a school program where she will make many new friends and continue to receive the therapy she needs to help her thrive.

Child and Family Support Center Outreach Programs

The Child and Family Support Center has two outreach early intervention service coordination programs for Baltimore City families.  One of the outreach programs is for families in the Hispanic community and the other is for families in the Orthodox Jewish Community.

Primeros Pasos Early Intervention Service Coordination for the Hispanic Community 

Early intervention service coordinators, who are fluent in Spanish and dedicated to working with Baltimore’s Latino community, provide home-, center-, and community-based services for children from birth to age 4 through a partnership with Baltimore City’s Infants and Toddlers Program. Service coordinators create an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), coordinate and monitor services, provide family education and support, and connect families with community resources. In addition, Primeros Pasos offers training in "Providing Services to Spanish-Speaking Families In Baltimore”  to providers and community agencies.

  • For referrals to Primeros Pasos in Spanish or English, please contact Julia Chavez at (410) 298-9284
  • Para remisiones a Primeros Pasos en español, póngase en contacto con Julia Chavez al (410)298-9284

Kodem Kol Early Intervention Service Coordination for the Orthodox Jewish Community

An early intervention service coordinator, who is dedicated to working with Baltimore’s Orthodox Jewish community, provides home-, center-, and community-based services for children from birth to age 4 through a partnership with Baltimore City’s Infants and Toddlers Program, the Maryland State Department of Education, and the Center for Jewish Education. This service coordinator creates an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), coordinates and monitors services, provides family education and support, and connects families with community resources. In addition, Kodem Kol offers training in the "Social Pragmatics of Orthodox Jews" to providers and community agencies.

  • For referrals to Kodem Kol, please contact Naomi Shabtai at (410) 298-7000 ext. 41891.

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