Last month, the local organization KAN/TASK (Kootenay Advocacy Network/TASK) donated $10,000 to the Kootenay Kids Society Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Program (PT/OT), earmarked for the purchase of much needed equipment.
The PT/OT program offers assessments and treatment where there are concerns regarding the physical, sensory, behavioral or cognitive development of children throughout the West Kootenay Region.
Assessments and therapy for children and professional advice for parents are provided free of charge through funding provided by the Ministry of Children and Family Development.
Currently, the funding for this program is insufficient to respond in a timely manner to the number of requests for service received.
In response, Kootenay Kids has, for some years, foregone the replacement of worn equipment in favour of providing as many direct therapy hours as possible.
The $10,000 grant from KAN/TASK will enable both aging equipment to be replaced and new equipment to be purchased and contributes greatly to Kootenay Kids’ capacity to meet the needs of families in our community.