Caribbean Kids and Families Therapy Organization (CKFTO) started as an idealistic concept of an Occupational therapist and a parent of a child with special needs in 2008. It was brought to life by a dedicated voluntary Board of Directors, who set out to create a structure to provide clinical and financial assistance to families in a sustainable model.
WHAT WE DO
Occupational therapy is the therapeutic use of purposeful and meaningful activities to promote health and wellness. Occupational therapy at CKFTO focuses on the promotion of fine motor, perceptual, cognitive and developmental skills in children with various levels of special needs and learning differences. Through a family-centered approach, we address the specific needs of each child and the individuals in that child’s world.
Occupational Therapy Services
Music therapy is a holistic form of therapy that involves the skillful use of music used as a therapeutic tool to restore, maintain and/or improve a person’s physical, emotional, social, cognitive and psychological well-being. Music is a universal language; its unique qualities make it an effective and distinctive mode of therapy for both children and adults of varying needs, abilities and challenges. Music provides a positive and creative outlet for self-expression and personal growth. Music can stimulate many brain centres simultaneously such as auditory, sensory, visual, motor and emotional. It can stimulate right brain function while increasing bilateral activity between brain hemispheres. It can also assist in integrating/internalizing motor skills, increase reflexive, auditory, tactile and visual responses. Music can help bridge the gap between verbal and non-verbal expression with one’s self and one’s environment.
Uses the buoyancy of water to facilitate movements not achievable outside the aquatic environment. The hydrostatic pressure of the water provides a blanket of deep pressure to the child’s largest organ: the skin. Unique properties of the water allow children to work on development skills such as crawling, walking, rolling and jumping.
A psycho-educational assessment is typically initiated because of concerns of parents and/or the school about the child’s functioning. The goal of the assessment is to evaluate a child’s cognitive ability and academic skills. The child’s behaviours, and socio-emotional functioning are also assessed. The evaluation is used to determine if the child requires special education services, and to develop recommendations to help the child learn and function in school.
Caribbean Kids and Families recognize the importance of supporting the child’s family and will play host to various support groups to help family members understand they are not alone, although it may feel like it at times. We plan to offer parent, grandparent, father and sibling support groups.
A variety of day-camps are held during holiday breaks, including:
We offer an extensive library of recommended therapeutic books, CDs and DVDs for families, teachers and professionals to access.
Available to family members, teachers of children with special needs and the children themselves. The resource room will provide information and assistance through a library, computer programs, assistive technology and the use of the internet.
Physiotherapy, also referred to as physical therapy, involves evaluating, diagnosing, and treating a range of diseases, disorders, and disabilities using physical means. Practiced by physiotherapists or physical therapists, physiotherapy is considered within the realm of conventional medicine.