Integrative Touch for Kids™ (ITK)
is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose purpose is to enhance well being, minimize suffering and facilitate healing for families with children with developmental disabilities, genetic conditions, cancers, and other chronic, acute and life limiting illnesses and the greater community.
To change the way people experience health and healing through a unique Whole Child, Whole Family, Whole Community wellness model.
To break down social barriers and engage communities in support of families struggling with special medical needs, improving the quality of life for all.
We are excited to announce that ITK's 7th Annual Healing Retreat will be from July 26th - August 1st, 2015 at White Stallion Ranch!
April 18th - Sons of Orpheus Concert at Grace St. Paul 3-5pm Click here For Tickets!
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News About Us
For those of you that are watching ITK soar, you know that our 2014 Healing Retreat was a HUGE success, thanks to more than 300 individuals who made it possible! It took 70+ youth who are educated about special needs, a healing team of more than 70 doctors, nurses, and heaing arts practitioners, and over 2,000 volunteer hours throughout the week to make it happen. Stay tuned in because we are already preparing for our 7th annual healing retreat week for families with children with special needs.
As ITK's Hospital Heroes program grows, it continues to bring support to hospitalized children and their families. ITK’s Hospital Heroes give families the tools they need to survive together through challenging times. Did you know a child with cancer has a better chance of surviving cancer than their family does of staying together? Volunteers go each week to children’s hospitals and offer support to families. And, to add an extra dose of kindness, they bring Smile and Kindness Cards into the hospital. These cards have colorful drawings and heartfelt messages written especially for hospitalized children and their special caregivers.
Because ITK is all about providing year round support, we offer programs for children and adults. Parents often feel isolated and alone and struggle to keep their family together so ITK provides ongoing support groups for parents of children with special medical needs.
Kids connect through play! So, ITK hosts a series of monthly Playdates in the Park. These are special events to break down barriers of social isolation and get kids of all ages and abilities outdoors, playing together.
Three times a year, ITK hosts Live Butterfly Release Events to honor the unique beauty that each child brings to the world. More than 150 live, indigenous butterflies flit, flutter and fly as children and adults watch in wonder!
Videos About Us
The "Butterfy Effect" Video: Our most recent video includes engaging stories from our healing retreat participants.
Congressman Ron Barber speaks about ITK: Congressman Barber speaks about the importance of ITK at an annual Butterfly Gala event.