ABOUT US

OUR MISSION:

  • To offer not only a fun, safe, and enriching play experience for all children and their families, but one that also promotes neurological and social growth, coordination, balance, and fine motor skills.   
  • Offer community support through activities such as fundraisers and outreach programs. 
  •  Be a vital resource center for parents.
  • Make services provided by ABA, Occupational, Recreational, and Speech Therapists (among other disciplines) available on-site.  
  •  Work closely with parents, professionals, and the community so that we may continue to consistently meet the ever changing needs of our kids and their families. 
  • Foster relationships with local groups and organizations to further better the condition of our community, both locally, and globally.

OUR PROMISES:


  • Maintain the highest ethical practices throughout every aspect of our organization. 
  • Use only environmentally safe, non-toxic products for all of our play equipment and  features, and in maintaining our strict sanitation program. 
  •  Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle in all aspects of our business.

MEET THE TEAM

KAT RADER, OWNER

Kat has always dreamed of opening an inclusive play place for all children.  She has all of the tools necessary to accomplish her goal.  She has a Bachelor's degree in Counseling Psychology, Educational Psychology, and Social Work. She has over 25 years of experience working with children and 15 years of experience working with people with developmental disabilities.  Kat has also managed group homes, worked as an ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) therapist, and has been a clinic manager of a center working with children on the autism spectrum.  When she is not at Kids Play Gym listening to all of the laughter, she enjoys spending time seeing live concerts, hiking, boating, and camping.  

KIM SHEPARD, CTRS, OPERATIONS MANAGER & RECREATIONAL THERAPIST

Kim has a Master’s in Recreational Therapy and is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS).  She has over six years of experience working with therapeutic camps for kids and adults with a wide range of disabilities, where she did everything from arts and crafts to recreation to adventure programming.  She also has experience as a life skills clinician for kids and adults with disabilities and mental illness.  Kim is a strong believer in the power of play and recreation in developing valuable social, emotional, and communication skills, and she is especially passionate about inclusive and adapted recreation.  One of her favorite things about Kids Play Gym is that it’s a place where everyone is welcome to come and have fun and make friends.  And she’s always dreamed of being able to play in a ball-pit at work, so that’s cool too.

SPEECH THERAPIST

Sarah Beck attended Ball State University for her undergraduate bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. She continued for her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. While on one of two internships, she developed her passion for working with children of all ages. During this internship, upon seeing a need and feeling she had an idea from which students could benefit, she used after-school time to develop and run a social skills workshop for teens. Communication is a broad and deeply-impacting portion of every person’s life. To have the opportunity to foster this skill to allow children to better interact with their world, is an amazing privilege and joy for which she is daily grateful! 

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

Danielle Bifulco, OTR/L, has a passion for working with children and families, hoping to make a difference in their lives.  She has always sought out opportunities to work with children--whether it be through work, family, or in the community.  She obtained her B.S. degree in Exercise Science from Indiana University in 2011.  After graduation, she worked as a nurse technician on an acute rehabilitation unit alongside Occupational, Physical, and Speech Therapists.  It was here that she knew she wanted to pursue a career as an Occupational Therapist.  She obtained her Occupational Therapy degree from Indiana State University in 2016.  After graduation, she practiced in an out-patient Autism clinic.  She has also worked as a First Steps services provider working with children aged 0-3 years old, and PRN inside a nursing home.  Outside of work, she enjoys being active, including practicing yoga, jogging, and spending time with her family.

BCBA (Board-Certified Behavior Analyst)

Anna McCullough, BCBA, moved to Bloomington, Indiana in 2015.  She loves this community and loves working with children with autism here.  She has worked with children on the spectrum since 2010. She attended Purdue University where she received her Bachelor's degree in Behavioral Neuroscience.  She then attended Ball State University where she earned her Master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with a certificate in Autism. She passed the National Board Exam in February of 2015 and has been working as a Behavior Analyst since. She has experience with all ages and abilities and enjoys finding the right plan for each and every individual she works with.  She is very excited for the opportunities that Kid's Play Gym will provide for the children we serve.