Child and Family Support Program

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

Co-Directors:

Mary Mueller, LCSW-C
Lori Tolen, OTR/L

About Our Program:

The Child and Family Support Program is a home, center, and community-based program that provides occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, caregiver training, as well as mental health counseling for children and their families living in the Baltimore Metropolitan area. We also assist eligible Baltimore City infants and toddlers and their families by providing service coordination. We are a family-centered program that views the parents or guardians as the primary decision makers in determining what services their child receives.

Services:

Our team provides a wide variety of services, including:

  • Home and center-based evaluations and occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy for children six and under
  • Evidence-based therapeutic interventions (i.e., sensory integration, neurodevelopmental treatment, manual therapy, oral-motor feeding therapy)
  • Service coordination for Baltimore City infants and toddlers eligible families
  • Training for parents in the skills that will assist them in caring for their child in the home
  • Information concerning their child's development
  • Evaluation, adaptation, and monitoring of specialized equipment needs in the home
  • Home and center-based mental health counseling for children, adolescents, and parents
  • Evidence-based intervention to enhance caregiver/child attachment for caregivers and their children who are developmentally under the age of 2 years
  • Assistance in accessing community resources
  • A toy, book, and equipment lending library

Admission Criteria:

We treat children between birth and six years of age with a variety of developmental delays and disabilities, including but not limited to the following:

  • Speech/language disorders
  • Developmental delays
  • Prematurity
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Down syndrome
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Sensory processing disorder

We also treat children, adolescents, and adults with mental health needs including, but not limited to:

  • Adjustment disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Mood disorders

Success Story:

Seeing Alyssa today, one would have no idea how much she has been through or how far she has come in her five short years. Her parents knew that she had enlarged ventricles in her brain at 16 weeks gestation. She was born five weeks early via C-section due to hydrocephalus and her abnormally large head. A VP shunt was placed when she was only seven days old. In her first 13 months, Alyssa underwent 14 neurosurgical procedures due to multiple issues with her shunt. She also had a g-tube placed due to feeding issues. Alyssa was diagnosed with cortical visual impairment as well. Due to her hydrocephalus, her head size was much larger that her body which made movement very difficult.

When she first started receiving physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy through the Child and Family Support Program (CFSP), she screamed throughout most sessions. She was terrified of new people, movement and any changes in her environment. After years of therapy, she slowly began to make changes. First she started rolling over and then she lifted her head while lying on her tummy. Her progress just continued from there.

At age five, Alyssa now attends the Maryland School for the Blind while still receiving physical therapy in the home through CFSP. With visually impaired children, it is very important that they work on skills in their own environment as well as at school. Alyssa now rolls to get around on the floor and can sit up on her own. She is becoming more interested in standing and has pulled herself up at the sofa. She has also started taking some steps in a gait training device. Although she is still fed by a g-tube, she is also eating fork mashed foods. She also has an extensive vocabulary, though most of her language is primarily echolalic.

While Alyssa still has many challenges to face, she is truly an inspiration. Her life and continued progress make a statement about never underestimating a child's potential. Her family never gave up on her ability to improve. Now only Alyssa, with the support of her family and guidance from professionals, can determine just how far she will go!

Hours of Operation:

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

Contacts:

Mindy Golden
Referral Coordinator
Phone: (443) 923-3285
Fax: (443) 923-3845
Email: Golden@kennedykrieger.org

Related Materials and Information
Additional Diagnoses Served: 
Sensory Processing Disorder
Adjustment Disorders
Anxiety Disorders
Mood Disorders