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Chatter Pediatric Therapy being recognized in statewide event

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Published: Oct. 25, 2018 at 6:27 PM CDT
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Many families have made Williston their home over the past few years. As the city and surrounding communities continue to grow, so does the needs for pediatric services such as occupational therapy, nutritional counseling, and child psychology. As these needs have grown in the area, so has a local business providing those services. Now, they are being recognized by a statewide event.

Chatter Pediatric Therapy has been open in Williston for over two years and continues to expand. The private practice has 12 therapists specializing in evaluating, diagnosing and treating newborns through age 18. Bottineau native Katie Kringen started her practice out of her husband’s business before eventually branching out.

"I was basically a one man show out of my husband’s motorsports store and then an occupational therapist and a physical therapist called me and they wanted to get together, so it all started with just us three doing therapy," said Kringen, M.S. CCC-SLP, Chatter Pediatric owner.

Chatter now takes up two floors of its University Avenue office complex. Kringen says they can tackle feeding difficulties, bed wetting, sensory processing issues, dyslexia and more. She says with limited resources in Western North Dakota, she wants to help as many children as possible.

"I don't want to have waiting lists. I want to have a ton of different types of therapists here so we can cover any type of disability, difficulty with kid's development," said Kringen.

Kringen says parents who have concerns regarding their child's development to not hesitate in reaching out to them for a screening.

"So they can come right in, and it's free, and you can meet with a physical therapist or an occupational therapist, speech pathologist and we can lead you in the right direction. If we think your child's okay, we will tell you and give you some tips for at home. If we do think your child needs some help, early intervention, we will tell you and start that process too," said Kringen

Chatter was recently named a finalist for the 2018 Governor's Choice Project of the Year Award at the Economic Development Association of North Dakota fall conference, being held this coming Monday.

"I know that there are three projects that have been recognized and Chatter is one of them and we are super excited about that," said Kringen.

To learn more about Chatter and the services they offer, you can visit their website at chattertherapy.com

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