While some children require support for a few weeks, others may need a lifetime of support.

Whatever the case, the St. Louis Arc is committed to helping for as long as there is a need.

Early Intervention TherapyEarly Childhood Intervention Therapy

Child development happens in sequential patterns for the majority of children.  If a child misses a step, it can weaken the foundation for development of higher level skills.  Early intervention therapy helps a child develop higher skills sets for future learning and growth in a child’s life.

In Your Home or In Our Centers

Providing services in a variety of settings helps a child learn and makes it easier on families to implement therapy into their already busy lives. In addition to our center-based therapy, our therapists travel to meet families in their homes or other natural environments in the community. Natural environments may include your child’s daycare, favorite restaurant, or a grandparent’s home – wherever your child feels comfortable spending time.

Types of Therapy Offered: Occupational, Physical, and Speech and Language

Occupational Therapists assist young children who are experiencing difficulties with sensory processing, fine motor, and self-help skills.

Physical Therapists focus on the evaluation and treatment of movement, such as posture, mobility, and balance.

Speech and Language Therapists help young children improve communication.

To schedule an evaluation for Occupational, Physical, or Speech Therapy, contact Kate Hannon, Sr. Director, Belle Children’s Services, 314-817-2257.

Including Parents

Therapy Classes and Playgroups

Music Therapy

Children’s music groups utilize music therapy techniques and principles that support children in developing abilities that are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives, while having fun and learning to be successful in a small group setting. Click here to download a registration form. For more information, please contact Bre Ward, Coordinator of Leisure Services, at 314-817-2226.

Download the 2018 Spring Summer Leisure Times and Registration Form for a complete schedule of activities.


Capable Kids and Families® Playgroup

Capable Kids and Families playgroups are open to any family with young children.  Our age guidelines are birth to 6-years-old, but older siblings are welcome to join us.  Our playgroups offer families a non-structured opportunity for fun play and making connections with others.  Families are welcome to drop in at any of our scheduled playgroup times.  In order to protect the health of others, we respectfully request that all participants be fever and symptom-free from illness for at least 24 hours.

For more info or to RSVP, please contact Julia Schaffner, Program Coordinator, at 314-817-2247.