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Kids Who Count

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Special Education

Mission: We empower families to optimize the developmental potential of their young children. We do this by providing early intervention services to children ages 0-3 years of age in south utah county, and offering applied behavior analysis (ABA) to children 2 and over with autism spectrum disorder.

Results: Since 1986, families and children who’ve come to Kids Who Count for support have been met with a compassionate team of therapists, nurses and special educators with unparalleled training and experience in early childhood development. We understand the challenges of raising a child with delays or disabilities—many of us have been there ourselves. In 2018, we expanded our services to include autism treatment for children 2 and over. Our families will tell you what a difference Kids Who Count has made in their lives.

Target demographics: Young children with special needs

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 900 children with special needs and their families by providing comprehensive services to optimize each child's developmental potential

Geographic areas served: Utah County offering Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for children on the Autism Spectrum. Early Intervention services are provided to children birth to 3 residing in Nebo School District boundaries of South Utah County.

Programs: Early Intervention: Occupational Therapy Speech Therapy Physical Therapy Special Education Mental Health Nursing Nutrition Autism Services: Applied Behavior Analysis Parent Support & Education

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We love Kids Who Count! We've had two boys who have used their services. Everything from Speech to OT, PT, swim therapy, nursing services, etc. They helped our boys and our family progress so much and taught us along the way.

1 Lydia B.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son needed services when he was only a few months old and they continued until he graduated at 3. We worked with Mary and Annette the entire time and they really helped give us ideas to help little D. D has 2 short arms and a total of 7 fingers, had open heart surgery, plus 4 other surgeries and struggled to gain weight. Annette helped track his weight and development and Mary helped come up with great activities to help D use his hands/ arms better. When D was born and for the first 5 months of life he NEVER moved his left arm and we thought it wasn't useable. With Mary's help D has been able to learn to move his arm above his head, use tools to fix things and play. We also had speech services and it helped D learn to speak more and start saying words.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I admire and respect the work Kids Who Count is doing. At a time when children with special needs can be overlooked, Kids Who Count has stepped up to help even more kids reach their development potential.

I’m grateful that their team of hardworking professionals keeps providing exceptional services and making a difference for families in their community.

1 Darci C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My youngest was missing her speech milestones. Everyone said not to worry. Kids Who Count listened and my youngest started services. The progress she made has been amazing. There is nothing better than to here her say mom! There is less frustration and contention in our home as communication gets better! I am so thankful for people who care and understand. Thank-you so much making my family better!!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

As an educator in the community, I can not say enough good about the work that this organization does for kids. They are professional in every sense of the word. Our community is a better place because of Kids Who Count and the tireless work they do on a daily basis to help our kids.

1 Nikki Brems W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son Hayes was able to work with speech therapist Darla Davis for around 6 months. He loved Darla and called her his best friend. Darla would always have great activities that helped Hayes focus on the sound we were working on. He gained confidence in speaking and I was able to learn so many useful tricks to help him everyday. When he turned 3, kids who count was so helpful with the transition from their program to the school district.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization who is truly making a difference in the world. They've got an amazing staff who is not only knowledgeable but shows extreme dedication to the kids they serve and help. They are focused on providing the best care possible.

1 Michele T.4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization supports the most vulnerable lives among us...children born with disabilities. They nurture both the children and their families through home visits, connecting additional community resources and providing any professional services necessary to give these children a positive start. Positive beginnings change lifetime trajectories. As an Autism Specialist for the area public school district, I see the long term benefits for children who receive the quality early Intervention Kids Who Count provides.

1 Tessa M.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kids Who Count has helped 2 of my children with early intervention. Their help has been critical in helping my 2 children with autism meet their milestones. We have worked with the Physical Therapy team to help my son learn to crawl and walk and worked twice with the Speech Language Pathology team to work on communication. What I have learned from them has been SO helpful in meeting my son's needs. They also have offered support for autism when my sons aged out of early intervention. I am forever grateful!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We found Kid Who Count about six months ago Our daughter was non-verbal so we got her tested. With the help of the Speech therapists our daughter's vocabulary has grown like crazy. She is not only talking, but speaking full sentences. We still have a good amount of work to do with our daughter's speech, but Kids who count has been amazing at helping us transition to preschool since our daughter is turning three soon.

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KidsWhoCount 07/20/2020

Thank you Mercedes! We are honored to work with you and your family :)

3 Bridget W.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Over the years our family has had some big problems with communication, social atypicality, stress management, and feeling isolated, but the Kids Who Count directors and staff have provided us with such useful one-on-one and group education and community resource information that my confidence in my ability to take of my special needs kids, my marriage, and myself has grown astonishingly. I am proud of our personal and familial development, and I give much of the credit to KWC's aid. We have attended KWC's marriage workshops, group therapies, and play dates, and we have received in-home speech therapy, occupational therapy, mental health counseling, and health screenings. How incredible has been our journey with Kids Who Count!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Jackman loves the time he gets to spend with our speech therapist Danielle Orrock! He truly has a langue all his own and Danielle has helped our family to integrate new skills into our family that help bridge the gap between what Jack is saying and how it's supposed to be said. We love watching him work on syllable sounds and using his voice intentionally during his play time. Danielle has helped our family so much and we are so grateful for this much needed resource provided by Kids Who Count!

2 Heather N.7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We had the best experience with Kids Who Count. After wondering if my daughter was developmentally delayed, I reached out to Kids Who Count. I had no idea how to navigate this new world I was entering. Kids who count came in and started the help we needed right away. They helped my daughter make big progress, and they were such a support to my husband and I. They were such a blessing to our family. Thank you KWC!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Kids Who Count cares about the families and children they work with. They are kind, caring, conscientious and deliberate in the wonderful services they provide!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have been working with Kids who count for 6 months now. We have not been able to pin down a diagnosis with our pediatrician or the many specialists we've visited but with the help of Kids who count our son is making great strides in progressing.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our son was born with many birth defects and was in the ICU after birth for 9 weeks. Kids who count provided services to him such as feeding therapy, physical therapy and occupational therapy. Without these crucial services, Nathan would not be thriving like he is today at 11 years old. Within his first two years of life, Nathan has 25 operations including open heart surgery and Kids Who Count was there to help us make forward progress instead of falling further and further behind in critical areas of development. What a wonderful organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter received services when she was 2 years old and not talking as much as her peers. I was impressed with how well my speech therapist helped me understand what to do to help my daughter develop her language skills. I still use the techniques I learned! Overall the program was fantastic and the staff were incredibly supportive.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When our son turned 2, we talked to his pediatrician about how little he spoke. He referred us to Kids Who Count and they immediately got the ball rolling to get him evaluated. He qualified for their speech therapy services and we are so grateful! In home visits, a therapy plan specific to our son’s needs, tips and advice on things to work on at home outside of visits, a fantastic speech therapist. These are the things that made it so that a year later, our son now speaks like the average three year old! Wonderful program, wonderful people, wonderful experience!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Several years ago, we used the services of Kids Who Count when our little daughter wasn't reaching the typical milestones in her development due to intrauterine growth retardation before she was born. She wasn't crawling or walking but mentally seemed fine. We had the BEST therapist come to our home. She was gentle and fun but knew how hard to push and when to back off. She quickly made progress and caught up to her age group. Our little girl grew up to be a beautiful young woman who played high level volleyball, became an amazing violinist, and just became the state mandolin champion. She is competing at the national contest this week. We can't credit Kids Who Count for all of that, but they helped our daughter get a good start.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with Kids Who Count as children they serve transition into our school district. I’ve also done observations and autism assessments many years ago. I’ve always been extremely impressed with their support of children with special needs and their families. They educate and support in very meaningful and impactful ways. The start families and children on a positive trajectory. They are a critically important and valued provider of early intervention services in our community! They strive for excellence and maintain a strong ethical leadership. Can’t thank them enough!

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a current board member but also have been a parent. I have had two kids involved with Kids Who Count. My kids and families experiences with the organization led me to want to stay involved. Great service, great people, and making a difference in children's lives! I am a better dad and person since being introduced to Kids Who Count.

2 Jessica A.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

My sweet Lincoln received physical therapy (at home and in the pool), occupational therapy, some speech therapy, and services for the visually impaired, including visists from a teacher of the visually impaired (TVI) and orientation and mobility through Kids Who Count. We began services when he was only 5 months old and about to undergo surgery to amputate his right foot. For over two and a half years, wonderful therapists came into our home to teach me how I could better help him reach his developmental milestones. They helped me to adapt his environment to optimize the potential for him to succeed. They encouraged me and helped me to recognize the "inchstones" he was achieving along the way. We are so very grateful for our professional, yet loving therapists at Kids Who Count!