About Us

Kids Who Count is a non-profit, early intervention program serving families within the boundaries of the Nebo School District. Our mission is to empower families to optimize the developmental potential of their young children.

We’re part of the Utah Department of Health Baby Watch early intervention program for infants and toddlers up to age three. Each year, we help hundreds of families with concerns about their young child’s development.

Since 1986, families and children who’ve come to Kids Who Count for support have been met with a compassionate team of therapists, nurses and special educators with unparalleled training and experience in early childhood development. We understand the challenges of raising a child with delays in development or a disability—many of us have been there ourselves.

Family Stories

  • "Alex’s story began 13 years ago when he was born with an extremely rare genetic anomaly. Doctors told us he would never be able to walk, talk, or play. We had no idea of what to do with a baby on oxygen and a feeding tube when he came home from the NICU, but Kids Who Count Early Intervention program was a pillar of strength for our family.  We credit the highly trained and educated professionals at Kids Who Count with many of the miracles of his development. They taught us and we taught him. There is no better teacher than a parent who loves their child and the best place for a baby to learn is in the home. Today, Alex is doing many things doctors said he would never do—he attends school, plays sports, reads small books and he loves to sing!” 

    Janae A. (Alex’s mother)
  • “We adopted Emily from China when she was 11 months old. She had been malnourished on a diet of watered down formula and sugar water. In many ways her development was lower than that of a newborn baby. She could not hold her head up or move her hands and arms to reach for an object. When we began early intervention services with Kids Who Count, physical, occupational and speech therapists helped us learn how to her motor development and feeding. Nursing services helped to monitor her nutrition and health. Within a few days, Emily could roll over. Within a few weeks she could sit. Today, Emily is in preschool and she can dance, run, talk and eat. The kind and caring therapists from Kids Who Count pushed Emily along and helped us learn how to support her development.  We are forever thankful to Kids Who Count for their genuine love and support in helping our daughter.” 

    Ettie (Emily’s mother)
  • “Caroline is the second to youngest of our 11 children. She was always happy, smiling and excited to play, but she still wasn’t talking at the age of 2.  Our doctor referred us to Kids Who Count and she began receiving speech therapy from Darla. Darla helped our family learn how to allow Caroline to reach out to us to express her wants and needs more often.  We learned strategies and ideas that we could incorporate into our very BUSY family life. Today, Caroline is speaking regularly and we are so thrilled with her progress.  We are so grateful for the help we receive through Kids Who Count.

    Sarah (Caroline’s mother)

Services

When you contact Kids Who Count, caring professionals will listen to your concerns. Full testing of your child’s current health and development is provided at no cost. Learn more about your child’s development and what services your child may need.

“Utah has one of the highest rates of autism, but one of the lowest rates of early detection.”

Any child under the age of three qualifies for services if he or she has a medical diagnosis such as Down syndrome or cerebral palsy. Your child may also qualify if development is delayed in one or more of the following areas:

  • Language—understanding and communicating
  • Learning, problem solving and play skills
  • Social-emotional development and behavior
  • Physical development/motor skills, vision, and hearing
  • Self-help skills—feeding, dressing, toileting

If you are concerned about your child’s development, don’t wait! Get started by contacting our intake coordinator, today.

Early intervention services are provided in the home. The type of services your child receives is based on their unique needs. Our practitioners coach parents and caregivers to find learning opportunities in their child’s daily routines as this is how children learn and develop.

We celebrate what is…and commit to what can be!

Physical Therapy services help children enhance their strength and mobility so they can become independent and safely participate in activities around their home and community. Physical therapists facilitate the development of large motor skills such as rolling, sitting, crawling, walking and running.

Occupational Therapy services enhance the quality and coordination of fine movements in children such as reaching, grasping and manipulating objects, as well as functional skills like eating and dressing. Occupational Therapists also help to identify challenges related to the way a child processes and responds to sensory information.

Speech Therapy services focus on increasing expressive language skills such as gestures, sign language, pictures, augmentative communication systems, spoken language, or receptive language skills such as understanding and following directions. Each depends on the nature of a child’s communication challenges. Speech services also help children develop oral motor skills related to both speaking and eating.

Social Work services can be offered when parents may benefit from a social worker who will listen to their concerns and assist them in planning for services and assistance. Social work services may include linking families to necessary community resources. In some cases, a family may be eligible for counseling, individual therapy or support groups to help them receive the emotional support they need to care for their child.

Nursing Services include in-home health, hearing and vision assessment by a registered nurse. An early intervention nurse monitors the overall health of a child and can coordinate with a medical provider to support the child’s development.

Nutritional services are provided by a registered dietician specializing in pediatrics. A dietician will evaluate the nutritional history and dietary intake of a child, feeding skills and problems, and food habits and preferences. They help parents and caregivers develop a plan to address the nutritional needs of the child.

Services are provided by state-certified Child Development Specialists who are trained to help young children develop foundational skills in all areas of development. Child Development Specialists use coaching strategies to help parents support the learning and development throughout their child’s daily routines.

Ongoing Developmental Evaluation is conducted during the time children are receiving early intervention services to monitor a child’s progress and determine what services are needed to support his or her continuing development.

Community Parent/Child Playgroups can be offered when children need services in a social environment that extends beyond their home. Playgroups provide a unique opportunity for parents and their child to practice skills in a different learning environment with the support of staff and other parents and children. Kids Who Count facilitates playgroups at our center and other community locations such as parks or the library.

Family Training/Parent Support services are offered to help parents understand their child’s developmental needs and how to help him or her learn during their daily routines together. Parents have the opportunity to connect with other parents facing the challenges and rewards of caring for a child with special needs.   


Get Involved

For almost 30 years, Kids Who Count has helped thousands of young children in our community thanks to the support of many generous individuals and businesses.

Here’s how you can get involved:

Donate Now

The services we provide are funded through a grant from the Utah Department of Health Baby Watch early intervention program. And yet, private donations allow us to offer additional, critical services that are beyond the scope of our early intervention grant.

With your support, Kids Who Count can continue to offer services such as inclusive playgroups and mental health services for low-income families.

Your cash donation can make a difference for a child who truly needs it. You can also support Kids Who Count when you shop at smile.amazon.com and select Kids Who Count. 

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Volunteer

We give families hope for the future. And young children the opportunity to realize their potential. You can help by becoming one of our amazing volunteers.

There are many ways you can donate your time to support our mission!

  • Launch a neighborhood/workplace drive for the holidays
  • Building projects/Eagle Scout opportunities
  • Help us at a community event for families

To learn more about these and other volunteer opportunities, contact our team.

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Resources

Kids Who Count is partnering with other community organizations to bring resources, support and services to families and young children within the boundaries of the Nebo School District in South Utah County.

News & Events

JOIN US FOR THE ANNUAL PICNIC

We are so fortunate to work with wonderful children and families. We want to celebrate with all of you. If you are currently receiving services from Kids Who Count, please join us for our annual family picnic at Salem Pond on Monday, August 28th from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Dinner will be served so you

Their Voice: Kids Who Count celebrates 30 years of early intervention

Daily Herald Article: Last week I received an invitation in the mail to attend the Kids Who Count 30th anniversary celebration Tuesday evening. I have written several times about Kids Who Count, an early intervention program funded by the Health Department and serving the Nebo School District area. Early intervention provides a multitude of services for

Contact Us

Kids Who Count
345 N. SR 198
Salem, UT 84653

O 801.423.3000
F 801.423.3844
Kidswhocount.org

Business Hours Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

To schedule a free comprehensive developmental evaluation for your child, contact Peggie, our intake coordinator, today. Or for general questions please call the office.

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