Do you still have questions?
We get it. Choosing a therapist and a clinic is a big deal. Here are some of the most common questions we hear from families. If you still have questions after this page, please be in contact with us so we can help you better understand our practice.
What is your primary Methodology?
We address sensory and motor dysregulation through reflex integration strategies. This method is a “bottom-up” approach, first addressing the brainstem (the lowest center in our brain), which controls our fight/flight/freeze responses. When this area of the brain is well regulated, we have much better access to the pre-frontal cortex (highest center in our brain) for impulse control, reasoning and executive functioning.
A video explaining our primary methodology, MNRI, can be viewed here.
A video explaining neurotransmitters can be found here.
A video explaining MNRI as a breakthrough in neurological treatment can be found here.
How are you different from other Occupational Therapists?
Read our Blog article to see how our clinic is different. Read Address the Reasons Why
What diagnoses or concerns do you treat?
Our primary methodology, reflex integration, addresses the difficulties that clients with these diagnoses have: ADHD, ASD, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Sensory Processing Disorder, PTSD, Anxiety, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Apraxia and many more.
What do I need to do to begin the process?
Our typical protocol would be to have you:
fill out 4 forms that we have listed on our website.
If you have private insurance (non-medicaid) we will need a credit card on file - You can contact Julie at 316-263-0776 to leave that info with her.
What do you do once you have the forms completed?
Our Billing Administrator, Julie Frazier, will verify your insurance and let you know if there would be any out of pocket expenses. .
We will also contact your physician to get a doctor’s order for OT services. Once we have all the above, we will contact you to schedule with one of our therapists.
What should I expect on my first visit?
You will get a reminder text message approximately 24 hours prior to your appointment.
When you arrive at the clinic, follow the signs to the pediatric waiting room. It is the first door on your left as you go down the hall.
Your therapist will greet you in the waiting room.
Your therapist will have reviewed all the intake forms and will begin the evaluation.
How long are treatment sessions?
Treatment sessions are 50 minutes (unless you’ve scheduled a 30 min spot). This allows our therapist to transition to the next client by completing therapy notes and preparing for the next session.
What if I need to contact my therapist?
If you should need to contact your therapist for any reason, you can call the office line 913-257-5808, and select the appropriate mailbox for her to leave her a message. She will get the message immediately.
Should I bring my other children to the appointment?
It’s generally best to make other arrangements for siblings. However, we do have a pediatric waiting room if they are old enough to either stay in there or sit quietly during the session with the parent. It’s paramount that the session is therapeutic and educational. Due to liability reasons, siblings are not allowed on equipment or in therapy areas. This can be a very difficult situation for the therapist as our equipment and therapy areas look very inviting. Please help us by setting the expectation with the sibling if they do attend.
What if there is not an appointment time that works in my schedule?
We often have a waiting list of clients who would like services. This can significantly increase the time it takes to get your child seen. We still have a few options:
1. You may wish to schedule at least a one-time evaluation appointment (even if it's during the school day) where our therapist could determine level of need and give you some “homework” while you wait to get in to see us on a more frequent basis.
2. Additionally, we can put your child on a cancellation list. Occasionally we have last-minute or temporary cancellations from current clients. We would contact you and offer that spot.
3. And lastly, put your child on a waiting list until a consistent spot opens up.
How long will my child need services from Pediatric Connections?
It is difficult to determine actual length of service for those that enter the clinic, however we do know that when parents do the “homework” our therapists give, there are typically faster gains. During the evaluation, very often you are given your first piece of homework that can be done within your daily routine. That being said, we schedule with the intent of a weekly basis, but certainly try to work within your timeframe and budget. As progress is made, we strive to reduce frequency to bi-monthly and then monthly as needed.
What if I need to cancel or reschedule my appointment?
Please refer to our cancellation policy. This is part of the required forms prior to beginning services. We reserve a time slot specifically for you. We partner with you in this journey and want this to be a top priority in your weekly schedule.
What is the current research for evidenced-based practice?
Please refer to the MNRI website for Dr. Masgutova’s scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, testimonials and various articles.
Additionally, there is a FREE download from Dr. Masgutova’s website, TRAUMA RECOVERY
...One of the most tragic train accidents in the history of the world occurred in a picturesque valley in the Urals of Russia in 1989. Thousands of people volunteered their time and expertise in order to support the hundreds of people faced with unfathomable challenges of survival. This is not a book of tragedy, it is an inspirational book of victory over tragedy. Dr. Svetlana Masgutova discovered the importance of using specialized movements to assist the children in rapidly recovering from shock and hysteria and thereby eventually unveiling the winner within.
--Dr. Svetlana Masgutova - Creator of the Masgutova Method®
Do you treat adults?
While our primary clientele is in pediatrics, we often get referrals from other professionals in the Kansas CIty metro and do see clients over age 18. In particular we often treat adults with past trauma and offer our PTSD protocol in conjunction with other professionals they are seeing facilitating their wellness journey.
Do you have any patient testimonials?
We have a lot of happy families! Check our our Testimony page as well as what some people are saying on Facebook and Google. We'd love to hear about your experience as well! You can leave us a review as well! See what some of the victories parents and kids have shared with us!