March News

Jessica Andujar

Milestones is pleased to announce that we have a new team member. Jessica Andujar, MS, CFY, SLP (in photo), joined the Milestones team this month to provide speech/language services in the busy after school hours and will join us full-time in April. Welcome, Jessica!

Since February 22, Milestones’ staff and the families we serve have been dodging dust and sharing in the excitement of seeing our therapy center transformed. By the end of our Facility Improvement Project, we will have created two large therapy gym spaces, a smaller therapy gym, a lycra room, a room for imaginative play, a room for fine motor/game activities and a room for messy play. We also will have moved our sibling-family room, feeding therapy and neurofeedback spaces and our clinical director’s office. And, we will have remodeled our front entrance, reception and administrative areas, and created a great new office area for our therapist staff. There’s something for everyone in this major make-over. Completion date on the project is April 1.

In her continuing professional growth development efforts, team member Krista Shutvet, MOT, OTR/L, recently completed a course of study in “Practical Sense in SI – Part 1” instructed by Julia Harper, PhD, MS, OTR/L. 

There are still openings in our spring Social Skills Groups and less than two weeks until these small-group sessions begin. (The older kids start Monday, April 2, and the younger children on Tuesday, April 3, 5:30-6:30 p.m. for eight weeks.) Check the details on our preschool-kindergarten flyer or our elementary-middle school flyer, then talk to us today about signing up your child. These groups are a beneficial opportunity for your child to become more comfortable in social settings and less anxious when interacting with peers or new people. Call 630-792-1800 to ask about insurance opportunities and to reserve your child’s space in the group.

February News

At Milestones, we are well into our facility improvement project and saw the completion of Phase 1 the end of February. In our first phase we completed our new therapy staff office, meeting room, low-stim/black-light room, soon-to-be lycra room, and neurofeedback room. Phase 2 is happening this week and, among other things, will provide the families and children we serve with a new, larger “fort gym.” Can’t wait to see it! Many thanks to our staff (in photos above) who are working hard moving supplies and equipment around each week to accommodate the next phase.

New Social Skills Groups will get underway in April and run for eight sessions. Let us know now if you are interested. Classes will be held once a week, 5:30-6:30 p.m., April through May. Call 630-792-1800. Ask us about insurance options. Download flyers for elementary-middle school group and for preschool-kindergarten group.  Check our blog post, Children Tackle Anxiety, Shyness in Social Skills Groups, to learn even more. 

Milestones’ Lead Therapist, Rebecca Doyle, LCSW, recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to attend the Attachment and Trauma Network’s first annual Trauma Sensitive Schools Conference. You can learn more about trauma-informed care from the Attachment and Trauma Network.

Kelly Shaw

We are so excited to announce that team member Kelly Shaw, MS, CCC-SLP, has accepted a role as Senior Staff Therapist for us here at Milestones. In this role, Kelly will be involved with mentoring and special projects that will be of great benefit to Milestones, and we are very much looking forward to working with her in this capacity. Kelly has been a speech therapist since 2010 and joined the Milestones team in August 2017.

Also in February, the Milestones team was sad to say goodbye to team member Kelly Grisafe, MA, CCC-SLP, as she has decided to pursue another opportunity that will challenge her in a new way. Best of luck to Kelly!

All the construction is not slowing us down. Amidst everything else, we are getting ready to host a workshop for occupational and speech therapists along with licensed clinical social workers and others on Thursday and Friday, April 5-6, 2018, on the “Trauma-Informed Approach to Sensory Processing Disorder and Arousal Regulation.” If you are a therapist or know of someone interested in this workshop, please go to the Vital Links website for details and to register. This introductory workshop will be presented by Sheila M. Frick, OTR/L, of Vital Links.

January News

Matt Kilian (here with his son) and Sarah Rosenburg were hard at work on the Milestones staff in January and loving it!

Sarah Rosenburg, LCSW, joined the Milestones team at the end of 2017. She is certified in Child Parent Psychotherapy, a form of trauma therapy, and is a certified yoga instructor with an emphasis in teaching yoga to kids. She is bilingual in Spanish and English and has had frequent opportunities to practice her Spanish during mission work in the Dominican Republic with her not-for-profit organization, Renewed Hope Missions. Sarah says she is excited about working with Milestones’ multidisciplinary team, and we are thrilled to have her as a team member!

Milestones also extends a big welcome to Matt Kilian, MOTR/L. Matt joins us to work with our occupational therapy families in the after-school hours. He brings diverse experience and education and lots of enthusiasm to the Milestones team. Families will certainly enjoy working with him!

There is a growing understanding and accompanying clinical practice that addresses the connection between sensory processing dysfunction and trauma. Milestones is pleased to be offering an in-person, two-day introductory course for therapists on the “Trauma Informed Approach to Sensory Processing Disorder and Arousal Regulation.” The course will be on April 6-7 at our therapy center in Downers Grove, Illinois. Early bird discounted registration ends March 6. The course will be taught by Sheila M. Frick, OTR/L, of Vital Links. Go to the Vital Link website for details and to register. A minimum registration of 20 people is required to hold this event. CEUs for OT and ST are available, and an application is pending for CEUs for social work.

COMING SOON! Milestones is eagerly anticipating some exciting new upgrades to our therapy center in the coming weeks. Construction is scheduled to begin near the end of February and take about four weeks. Most of the heavy lifting will be on weekends so as not to interrupt our vital work with the families we serve. We hope you will be just as thrilled as we are about the new look and new opportunities this facelift will bring to the services at our therapy center in Downers Grove, Illinois.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy helps children develop the skills to be successful during play, socialization, activities of daily living, and learning experiences. Learn More

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy helps children gain critical skills related to independent mobility and gross motor functioning. Learn More

Speech / Language Therapy

Speech/language therapy helps children develop the skills to effectively interact and communicate with the world around them. Learn More

Social Work Services

We invite any of our families to meet with our social workers if they feel they could benefit from support or counseling. Social work services are a great resource to strengthen families and children. Learn More

Neurofeedback Therapy

Neurofeedback is a type of brain training therapy that has proven to be a very successful intervention for children (and adults) with a variety of symptoms and disorders. Learn More

Social Skills Groups

Social Skills Groups help children build relationships with peers and develop important social pragmatic skills. Learn More

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