Mary Shaw Branton, known by many in Kansas City by her childhood nickname, “Shawsie,” was only 26 years old when she helped found a school for children with disabilities that is now called Children’s TLC.
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What child doesn’t love the water? When I was a kid, I loved nothing more than going to the pool and spending hours swimming and splashing. As an adult, I still find myself spending many hours each day in the pool. While I do have fun, now the focus is providing aquatic therapy. The qualities and properties of water create a unique environment that allows kids to play and learn in ways that they cannot in a land-based therapy session.
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Many things have changed since Asia was a student at Children’s TLC 15 years ago. For example, there is now advanced classroom curriculum, therapy techniques, technology for children with disabilities, the ability to better identify a diagnosis and then implement a proper plan, and incredibly, Asia walking with no assistance. Asia did not have the ability to walk at the time she was a toddler and her peers had reached that crucial developmental milestone. It was a long time ago but she remembers the one-on-one attention she received from Miss Marie in physical therapy ...
As Ms. Kim pulled up pictures of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art on the classroom Smartboard, the children could not contain their excitement. She informed our preschoolers they were about to leave for a special field trip to the museum. Squeals exclaiming “The museum?!” ensued while the best was still yet to come! Twenty-two children from two classrooms, along with volunteers from the Nelson-Atkins, St. Teresa’s Academy and our parents/grandparents loaded up in private school buses made possible by the museum.
The educators from the museum are no strangers to our ...
Brieanne and Timothy Hilton were overjoyed to welcome their second son, Patrick, into the world in January, 2015. After all the initial check ups and visits from friends and family, the new family of four went home. It wasn’t until Patrick’s three month checkup that the family received some unexpected news. Patrick was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and his doctors determined that he also suffered an in-utero stroke before birth. From that moment, the Hilton Family started preparing themselves for Patrick’s future. “We went into super research mode to make sure ...
Zion is the youngest of our three sons. He brings joy and energy with him everywhere he goes. He’s a bright light you can’t help but stare at him and feel happy.
Zion was born three months premature at two pounds five ounces. After suffering severe bilateral brain bleeds, he was given a very grim prognosis and had two brain surgeries, including a ventriculoperitoneal shunt placement which helped relieve the pressure of extra fluid on his brain.
When we met Zion, we had no idea what the future would hold, but we knew we were meant to be his parents and he was ...
The local GoBabyGo chapter has been hard at work for Children's TLC. On Friday, September 25th, Rockhurst University physical therapy and physics students worked together to build four additional cars for our students and clients. Kendra Gagnon, PT, PhD, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy and Mark Pecault, PhD, Assistant Professor of Physics, were the lead teachers. In addition, Kevin Landrek, General Manager for United Access, generously donated his time and expertise as a resource for the students if they encountered any glitches.
A generous donor gifted ...
In 1947, two non-profit organizations, Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City (RIKC) and Children’s Therapeutic Learning Center (Children’s TLC), opened their doors for the first time to provide unmatched care to adults and children with disabilities. Both organizations operated independently for almost seven decades and have now come together to make enhanced, comprehensive services available to all people with disabilities in the Greater Kansas City area. By merging these two outstanding organizations, we create a community where children and adults with disabilit...
KoAnn heard of Children’s TLC for the first time during a conversation with a client. Her client’s granddaughter attended in the 1990s and did so well that she attended mainstream schools and eventually graduated from college. KoAnn wondered if this might be the answer for her little girl.
An uneventful pregnancy. A little girl on the way. KoAnn was 30 weeks along in her pregnancy when she went into labor with her first child.
Little Kohanna was born with her nasal passages completely blocked – a telltale symptom she might have CHARGE syndrome. Like most ...
After a classroom sensory experience with her students using play dough, Belinda Peister, Ms. Belle, thought a bread activity would be a special treat. She knew just the person to lead it, her mom, Jeannine Flory, who has a passion for bread baking. Jeannine has shared this love during her 30 years of volunteering with 4-H members.
The students in Ms. Belle’s class kneaded dough and made rolls in various shapes and sizes. And the best part? Afternoon snack was special since it was the bread they had made.
Ms. Belle's mom didn’t leave the staff out of the fun as ...