Photo by Karen Blackledge/The Danville News

Michele Blasius, seated, and Michele Boone review therapy reports of KidVentures in Danville.

DANVILLE — A new downtown business serves hundreds of children from birth through 12th grade in schools and in their homes.

KidVentures provides occupational, physical and speech therapists for children, according to owner Michele Boone.

The business moved to 619 Mill St. in November after previously having an office at Grandview Nursing and Rehabilitation in Mahoning Township.

Boone founded the business more than 25 years ago.

"We contract through school districts," she said of the 11 districts they work with.

Boone said the number of students they serve has been increasing.

KidVentures employs the therapists assigned to the districts they travel to.

Michele Blasius, office manager, said they work directly with special education departments in schools.

They also provide early intervention speech and physical therapy services through the Danville Child Development Center. The therapists visit those children in their homes.

The amount of time a therapist spends with each child depends upon the child's individual education plan, Boone said.

"Every school district is required to provide services to those students in need," Blasius said.

As office manager who has been with the business since 2010, she coordinates paperwork among therapists and schools.

Boone started the business while living in Riverside.

"Jerry Saunders was superintendent in the Millville district and my neighbor. He was looking for services in the Millville district," Boone said.

A physical therapist, she began providing physical therapy services to students in that district.

Montour County Reporter