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K1ds Count opens new home


K1ds Count is open for business at its new location at the Crawfordsville Commerce Park.

“We’re really happy with how everything came out,” said Frank Knez, who co-owns the clinic with his wife, Lindsay, during an open house and tour of the new 10,000-square-foot facility Thursday. K1ds Count provides pediatric therapy and behavior services, first with a location in Brownsburg more than four years ago and then in Crawfordsville shortly after.

Ever since opening the Brownsburg clinic in January 2015, and offering in-home services in Crawfordsville later that year, one common question keeps coming up.

“Are we serving the community the best we can?” Knez said. “We want to fully meet the needs of the community in Crawfordsville and Brownsburg.” 

K1ds Count in Brownsburg expanded over time from a farmhouse to occupying three buildings there. And now K1ds Count in Crawfordsville is offering so much more with their new facility on Phil Ward Boulevard where they can now provide applied behavior analysis, speech, occupational and physical therapy to all children both on and off the autism spectrum.

Knez said K1ds Count’s new Crawfordsville location — which has been open for nearly two months after two years on Englewood Drive — is now serving 31 children on the autism spectrum between 4-8 hours a day. They also work with between 10-15 outpatient families whose children don’t have autism but receive speech, occupational or physical therapy for an hour a week.

“It’s been great,” Knez said. “We’re excited to bring out more kids, more therapists and to continue to serve the community the best we can. Crawfordsville is a really amazing community and we’re blessed and thankful to be a part of it and to have everybody’s support.”

The facility includes four classrooms designed in a way to help children become accustomed to a classroom setting at a traditional school. There’s also individual therapy rooms, a kitchen, observation room, an outdoor playground, an outpatient wing and a 1,000-square-foot gym with a ball pit, sensory swings and a playhouse. 

“I think the value of this is it’s a great project in and of its self,” Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton said. “It’s also a win for the community because they’re providing a very important and much-needed service to families in this community. And we’ve heard from a lot of families that this has been game-changer for them to have this kind of service available to them right here for their children. It’s very, very important.”

K1ds Count is the second to build at the Crawfordsville Commerce Park. Ivy Tech Community College first opened its 19,500-square-foot facility at the commerce park in January 2013 and in September 2018 K1ds Count broke ground on land that was a soybean field at this time last year. 

The Indiana Municipal Power Agency began work installing a new solar park on 36 1/2 acres on two sides of Interstate 74 and located off Concord Road. And American Innovation became the newest addition to the commerce park after it announcement its plans in May for a 30,000-square-foot facility on nearly 17 acres. 

Two smaller lots at the commerce park remain open next to K1ds Count, and two larger lots are open on the southern end of the park along Concord Drive.


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