Occupational Therapist, Pediatrics, School Systems
4 Year Degree
Kenny Rogers Children's Center, is a pediatric, outpatient therapy center. We are currently recruiting a full-time Occupational Therapist to join our team-oriented group of therapists in providing physical, occupational and speech therapy to children from birth to 21.
Our team of therapists, combined with our progressive treatment allows us to provide specialized services to over 400 children in Southeast Missouri. Please visit our web site at www.kennyrogerscenter.org.
Kenny Rogers Children's Center’s mission is to make a difference in the lives of children with special needs and to be recognized as the center that best serves all children with special needs. Our vision is that we improve their quality of life by providing services without regard for ability to pay.
About the Opportunity:
This position offers an exciting opportunity to join a team of dedicated PT’s, OT’s and Speech therapists that pride themselves in providing quality pediatric therapy to area state and public schools in addition to serving at our facility. We proudly use state-of-the-art equipment and have a prominent reputation in the community.
Kenny Rogers Children's Center
* Occupational Therapy
* Physical Therapy
* Speech Therapy
Kenny Rogers Children's Center opened its doors in September of 1974 as the Sikeston Regional Center for the Developmentally Disabled at One Plaza Drive in Sikeston. At that time it was called the Scott-Mississippi-New Madrid Counties United Cerebral Palsy Center.
When the Center opened, it wa...s primarily due to the efforts of the mother of a child with cerebral palsy who needed physical therapy. There wasn’t a facility that provided pediatric therapy locally. This mother took it upon herself to attend seminars, read pertinent information and talk with others to learn the basics needed to provide such services. As word spread, other families contacted her about services for their children with special needs as well. Out of that effort, the Scott-Mississippi-New Madrid Counties United Cerebral Palsy Center opened with five clients, one paid employee, two foster grandparents and several other volunteers.
By 1976, the Center had grown considerably and was serving 23 children. This growth warranted a move. So, the Center rented a 30 by 60 foot building located at 510 East Center Street.
In 1977, country music legend Kenny Rogers was the featured performer at the 25th annual Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo. He was so impressed with the services that were being delivered with very limited funding that he donated an Arabian stallion valued at $25,000 to the Center. The stallion was sold for $75,000. On February 19, 1978 Kenny teamed up with Dottie West for a benefit concert in Sikeston which netted a whopping $74,000. The Rogers-West duo returned in January of 1979 for a second benefit concert, which raised over $72,000. Mel Tillis followed in April of 1979 and the Gatlin Brothers in April of 1980 with very successful concerts which also benefited the Center.
Through the efforts of the Sikeston Jaycees in sponsoring these benefit concerts, and the support of numerous other interested parties from throughout the area, construction of Kenny Rogers Cerebral Palsy Center of Southeast Missouri was completed in June of 1979 at a total cost of $325,000.
Over the years, the Center has continued to grow, not only in size, but in scope as well. In January of 2000, the organization changed its name to Kenny Rogers Children's Center. One of the primary reasons for the name change was that today the Center serves not only children with Cerebral Palsy, but children with all types of special needs, including, but not limited to Down Syndrome, Shaken-Baby Syndrome, Autism, Spina Bifida, Muscular Dystrophy, Seizure Disorder, Williams Syndrome, ADHD, as well as numerous other syndromes.
In April of 2001, Kenny Rogers returned to Sikeston and performed a greatest hits benefit concert. This event raised more than $75,000. In addition, through the efforts of local Lions, from not only the Sikeston Lions Club, but clubs from throughout District 26-D, a matching $75,000 grant was submitted and obtained from Lions Clubs International Foundation. This combined $150,000 was used to equip the Center with state-of-the-art sensory integration rooms and equipment, to address the infrastructure of the facility and to provide cutting edge training for the Center’s staff to better meet the needs of children with special needs and developmental delays from throughout the region.
Today, the Center serves more than 400 children with special needs from birth through 21 years of age at no direct cost to the families served. Services provided include physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech and language therapy.
Kenny Rogers Children's Center's vision is to make a difference in the lives of children with special needs. These children have taught us that the human spirit can never be measured by the eye, only by the heart. Over the years, the Center has literally helped thousands of children with special needs attend public school, function more independently, and gain the confidence they need to lead more active and productive lives. And after all, that's what making a difference is all about!