Dealing with school-decision anxiety

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We understand families, students, teachers, administrators—probably the entire community—are feeling some level of anxiety regarding the upcoming school year. KidsTLC’s Rebecca Kline Toy and Dr. John Laffoon sat down to discuss the mental health aspect and anxiety surrounding the decisions we’re all making and facing. How do families manage and deal with the emotions from… Read more »

Physical Distancing, Social Connecting—What Our Children Need Right Now

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Yes, social distancing can be a problem for kids. But maybe not how you think. Messaging matters. And social distancing is a significant messaging challenge. Health professionals and advocates, including our infectious disease specialists, have been fighting a tough battle with the term “social distancing” since early in the onset of this pandemic. We understand… Read more »

Special Note from Dr. Erin Dugan

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In the midst of the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, KidsTLC remains committed to ensuring the children and families we serve continue to stay safe while receiving the most high-quality, innovative care. We have swiftly made some unprecedented adjustments in the manner in which we are delivering services, including telehealth and in-home visits, to make… Read more »

Inside Scoop from Recreation Therapy

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For more than 20 years, I have had the privilege of working in residential treatment settings with some of the most courageous children and adolescents in the Midwest, including those living at KidsTLC. As a recreation therapist for children who have experienced trauma, I have often been considered the “fun staff” as I partner with… Read more »

“Those Kids” on our Campus

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I know what many people picture when they think of the kids on our campus. They see THOSE KIDS – kids who are struggling, who have traumatic histories, who are fighting mental illness, and who exhibit disruptive and dysregulated behaviors…sometimes on a daily basis. This is part of who our kids are, but it is… Read more »

By The Numbers

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In Kansas City magazine check in with Dr. Erin Dugan, KidsTLC President & CEO, to capture some interesting stats about our agency! Read the details and see if anything surprises you!

Rep. Davids Visits Campus

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As Mental Health Month is wrapping up, Representative Sharice Davids took time to tour campus and have important conversations regarding children and families in our community. Read the article seen in the Kansas City Star here:

1st in World for DDP…

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(Olathe, Kansas) – Kansas-based mental and behavioral health provider KidsTLC has just been announced as the very first Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Practice and Parenting (DDP)-certified residential treatment facility in the world. KidsTLC is also the only organization in the United States to earn this certification. Leadership at KidsTLC began DDP training nine years ago and… Read more »

KidsTLC Featured on KC Live

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What’s sprouting at the Trellis Center at KidsTLC? Kansas City Live invited Erin Dugan and Molly Pomeroy to share about our agency and upcoming events during #Autism Awareness Month, including Camp Trellis! Crystle Lampitt and Kelly Nyberg TV are pros at making their guests feel welcome and kept the segment meaning-filled! Watch for more updates on summer opportunities or visit for… Read more »

Catch the Inside Scoop!

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We’ve given our autism program a new name and logo! The Trellis Center at KidsTLC provides integrative autism services through the most collaborative, innovative and comprehensive curriculum in the Midwest! We round out our ABA, SLP, OT, RT services with exciting camps, peer-incorporated social sessions and parent training classes (coming soon)! Check out the heartwarming… Read more »