1. Entering Preschool Can Reveal Need for a Screening

    October 10, 2017

    By Jessica Vickery, MS, OTR/L Preschool is a big step for little ones – parents, too. Seeing your child in this new environment surrounded by new young friends may raise questions, even anxieties, in your mind. Now that a few weeks have passed in the new school year, your child should be adapting to new […]


  2. Back to School, Back to Stress! 5 Ideas for Self-Care

    August 7, 2017

    By Gretchen Manske, Administrative Director Back to school is a time of great excitement (we’ve all see the Target ads, right?) but let’s face it, it can be very stressful as well. Between preparing your child for the new challenges ahead, buying the expected and needed supplies, clothes, and shoes, and adjusting to new wake-up, […]


  3. The 411 About Torticollis & Plagiocephaly

    June 20, 2017

      By Kelly Komperda, DPT Torticollis is a muscle condition in which the head tilts to one side and the chin turns to the opposite side. It can be very disconcerting to a parent when their baby is diagnosed with this physical challenge, but luckily, most of the time it causes a child no pain. […]


  4. Gentle Parenting and the Milestones Family

    May 10, 2017

    By DJ Long, Milestones Staff Writer Have you ever placed yourself in your child’s shoes? Not literally, of course. Those little light-ups would barely fit your big toe. Rather, imagining how life must appear from your child’s unique perspective. Getting inside his head. Growing up in a world of challenges from her point of view. […]


  5. It’s Time to Revisit Screen Time!

    March 5, 2017

    By Janet Puderbaugh, MS, OTR/LWhen it comes to the latest statistics on screen time and children, the numbers are truly unsettling. Researchers say that some preschoolers spend an average of four hours a day watching television or other types of digital screens, and school-age kids an unbelievable seven hours per day! According to pediatricians and psychologists, […]


  6. Looking for Sensory-Smart Outing Ideas? We’ve Got ‘Em!

    January 29, 2017

    By Jessica E. Vickery MS, OTR/LIf you have a child with sensory issues, heading out for a family outing to a movie, Chuck E Cheese or the bowling alley isn’t always a great match for your child. We often have parents ask us about sensory-smart places to try, so we’ve done a little research and we’re […]


  7. More than Clumsy – Details on Dyspraxia

    November 8, 2016

    By Jessica Vickery, MS, OTR/LWhile Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD) are becoming more widely recognized by physicians and the public, dyspraxia is a subtype of SPD that is still not very well known. Children with dyspraxia have difficulty translating sensory information into physical movements. Unfamiliar movements, or those involving multiple steps, are challenging for these children. […]


  8. Does My Child Need Speech Therapy?

    September 27, 2016

    By Shefalie Patel, MA, CCC-SLP Many of us know a child with a speech challenge. The age of the child and the degree of impediment may vary, but “baby talk” that may sound cute when mispronounced by young children can strongly impact the communication quality of an older child or adult. When you consider the possible […]


  9. Team Gains New Insights from DIR® Training

    September 5, 2016

    By Ashley Valosek, MS, OTR/LRecently, several team members from Milestones participated in a special learning session on the DIR® Model, which is a therapeutic technique designed to help understand and promote the positive development of children with sensory processing, educational, social-emotional, and/or developmental challenges. This 2-day session was led by Beth Osten, MS, OTR/L, who […]


  10. Identifying & Strengthening Connections – Social Work Services at Milestones

    July 27, 2016

    By Nina Kuhlman, Staff We are very happy to introduce the newest addition to the Milestones team, Licensed Clinical Social Worker Rebecca Doyle. A graduate of the University of Illinois (B.S. Human Development & Family Studies) and the University of Chicago (A.M., Social Work), Rebecca has been working with children and families for more than […]


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