At Capable Kids Pediatric Therapy Center, our mission is to provide comprehensive and compassionate pediatric therapy services to improve the lives of children with special needs.
Our philosophy centers on empowering our children to gain independence while putting the “fun” in function. We utilize traditional manual therapy techniques in conjunction with complimentary alternative treatments to provide our clients with exceptional care. We strive to provide parents and caregivers with the most current resources and research information thus building up the foundation for their child’s success. We believe that in treating the child as a whole, we insure the greatest gains.
At Capable Kids, every child has the power to soar!
If your child needs speech therapy, please visit our partner site Lynnsspeechtherapycenterinc.com.
If your child needs occupational therapy, please visit our partner site rightstartsot.com .
Kerry L. Walsh, PT MS
Kerry is the owner and director of Capable Kids Pediatric Therapy Center. She received her master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Springfield College in Springfield, MA in 1995. She has over 25 years of pediatric experience with a concentration in the 0-3 population. Before opening Capable Kids, Kerry practiced in a wide variety of pediatric settings including NICU, acute care, home based Early Intervention, outpatient, and long term care rehabilitation. She served as the outpatient physical therapy supervisor at a level 2 trauma center where she was formally acknowledged by the head of the trauma team for her excellence and expedience in affecting the outcomes of trauma patients. Kerry was also an integral member of the Infant Toddler Assessment Program for high risk infant follow up. In addition she has worked at Children’s Specialized Hospital in Toms River, NJ and was a co-facilitator of their Autism Support Group.
Kerry specializes in treating children with a variety of diagnoses including Torticollis, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Sensory Integration Disorders, developmental delay, and various other neurological and orthopedic conditions. She utilizes both clinical expertise and extensive course work in NDT,MFR, Craniosacral Therapy and Sensory Integration to provide her patients with comprehensive manual care. Kerry has been the guest speaker at several conferences for early childhood educators and serves as a co-presenter for “Physical Therapy Evaluation and Treatment of the Child with Autism” at continuing education conferences. Kerry is the co- author “Stars – Social Skills Training and Readiness Skills” which is a FUNctional Multi-sensory Group Approach to Enhancing the Social Skills of Children with Autism and Other Special Needs.
She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the Pediatrics Section of the APTA, as well as the New Jersey Physical Therapy Association. Kerry is active in her community served as the assistant director of Maternal Wings Charity for Expectant Mothers. She volunteers as an assistant coach for the Brick Stars Challenger Hockey Team. In addition she utilizes her experience as the parent of a child with Autism to assist other parents embarking on the journey. She provides resource information regarding various educational and recreational opportunities for children with special needs. Kerry is dedicated to helping each child achieve his or her goals regardless of the obstacles they may face, and believes that every child has the power to soar.
Evaluations: All evaluations are scheduled within 7-10 days from initial phone call. We work to the best of our ability to accommodate your schedule.
Treatment sessions: There is no wait list at our facility. We believe in prompt initiation of recommended services.
Services: In addition to our traditional physical therapy services, we implement a variety of alternative treatment techniques or programs to facilitate each child’s success.
Our areas of specialty include:
Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT)
The Listening Program
Anat Baniel Method for Children
$300 – Evaluation
$115 – One hour session
$100 -- 45 minute session
$80 – Half hour session
Capable Kids Pediatric Therapy Center offers independent evaluations for mediation and adjudication cases. Our rates are competitive with industry standard, and our turnaround time for reports is 48 hours. We work in conjunction with Lynn’s Speech Therapy Center and Right Starts Occupational Therapy to offer a reduced rate when evaluation by two or more disciplines is required for one client. With our combined 40 years of experience, we strongly believe that we can offer your clients the most comprehensive evaluations in the least amount of time. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss the above listed services, please feel free to contact us at the numbers listed below.
Single Discipline Evaluation: $800
Two or more Disciplines $600 per discipline
Call today to schedule your evaluation:
Capable Kids Pediatric Therapy Center 732-761-48400
Lynn’s Speech Therapy Center 732-761-8400
Right Starts Occupational Therapy 732-701-7768
Having Physical Therapy and Speech Therapy available under the same roof gives us the ability to schedule co-treatments or back-to-back appointments for your convenience. We are privileged to work with incredibly talented, skilled therapists at Lynn's Speech Therapy Center. If your child needs speech therapy, follow the link below and schedule an appointment today!
We have also been blessed to work with the phenomenal occupational therapists at Right Starts. They are conveniently located in Toms River. For more information, visit https://www.rightstartsot.com/
What is Torticollis?
Congenital muscular torticollis or “wry neck” is a condition in which the sternocleidomastoid muscle (SCM) is shortened on one side of a baby’s neck. It is most often caused by the baby’s position in the womb. Due to the action of the SCM, the baby usually presents with the head tilting towards one side and turning towards the opposite side, as if they are gazing up at the sky. Torticollis is often times accompanied by some flattening of the head, or plagiocephaly. Physical therapy treatment of torticollis is critically important for the child’s development…and the earlier that treatment is initiated, the better. If torticollis is left untreated, it can affect a child’s motor development, visual skills, oral motor and feeding skills and facial symmetry. In severe cases, a child may require the use of devices such as a TOT collar or a cranial orthosis (helmet). Very rarely surgical intervention is required, however most children respond very well with physical therapy intervention.
How long will my baby need treatment? That depends on the severity of the torticollis as well as how soon the child was referred. Most children with torticollis are seen once or twice a week until they can sit and crawl independently. At this point the frequency is often reduced to every other week or monthly until the child is walking. We utilize a variety of manual treatment techniques, positioning and strengthening activities to maximize your child’s progress. In addition, we work with you to provide a comprehensive home program for carryover so as to further reduce the time it takes to resolve your child’s torticollis.
What is "Sensory Processing Disorder"?
Sensory processing occurs when the nervous system adequately takes in and organizes messages from the senses and turns them into appropriate motor and behavioral responses. Every activity that we participate in each day requires adequate sensory processing in order to be successfully completed. Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is a condition that exists when sensory signals don't get organized into appropriate responses and it becomes difficult to process information received through the senses, creating challenges in performing daily tasks. A child with Sensory Processing Disorder may find it difficult to:
They may also be:
How is SPD treated?
Physical and Occupational therapies for children with sensory processing disorder is all about FUN! Our sessions take place in a sensory rich environment, utilizing a variety of equipment and activities to provide the "just right" intensity of input to meet your child's individual sensory needs. Your child will swing, climb, explore and play their way to improved sensory processing!
The experience we've had with Kerry is unlike any other. The only thing more impressive than her exceptional expertise in pediatric therapy, myofasical release and craniosacral therapy, is her beautiful way with children. She has a gift that is difficult to describe in words, but that is so evident when she is interacting with her patients. She genuinely enjoys what she does, and is acutely aware of the well being of our son at every single visit. As a parent, there is nothing more reassuring than to have him in her care. She continually goes beyond what is expected and conducts her therapy sessions with compassion and commitment.
Our son is being treated for torticollis. Throughout his treatment, Kerry has provided us positive guidance and invaluable education. She provides a safe, fun environment for my son to challenge his abilities and improve his limitations. Kerry is a true expert in her field. We are incredibly grateful for the care she has given to him, and for the support and guidance she has given to us.
Kelly and Chris
I had the wonderful pleasure of introducing my son to Kerry when he was just 8 months old. My pediatrician was not concerned at all that my son was not yet crawling even though I persisted with the doctor that he was clearly frustrated and wanted to move. It seemed like he couldn’t crawl, instead of that he was just not ready. Kerry was a blessing as she clearly saw why he was not crawling and identified an underlying low tone issue. Over the next 5 months she used her knowledge and clear love of children to teach my son to crawl and then to walk. She confidently led us down the path of recovery.
I would highly recommend Capable Kids to anyone in need of pediatric Physical therapy . They are the best around.
My son Joshua was born prematurely at 26 ½ weeks and underwent extensive treatment which lead him to remain in the hospital for 95 days. He was diagnosed with spastic Cerebral Palsy and global developmental delay, which affected his fine/gross motor, speech, balance and cognitive skills.
From birth to age three, he received early intervention services which helped him significantly. After he aged out of these services and became a full-time student in a special needs school setting, but was not walking independently, had limited verbal skills and poor body awareness, balance, and coordination for his age. He was enrolled in private programs for Physical & Speech services.
I found one of the best PTs--(Kerry Walsh) that one could ever ask for. Kerry worked with Joshua for only 3 months and he became an independent walker! With all of her expertise, knowledge, and "out of the box thinking" she applied her unique skills to her sessions with my son and he became confident. He let go of objects he held on to for stability and began to walk independently. I am ever so grateful for the support and reinforced home skills that Kerry has introduced me to.
I am very blessed and proud to say… Joshua is now 7 years old, walking independently with less balance issues, able to verbally speak a few words, use basic sign language and follow simple commands…all due to the therapy services rendered. Although it’s been an emotional experience during these sessions, the end results are rewarding, a great & wonderful blessing—we could not have progressed without these special services.
Our clients are our top priority. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us. If you have forms or paperwork to send, please fax to (732) 761-8401
100 West Veterans Highway, Jackson, New Jersey 08527, United States
Hours by appointment Monday-Friday.