May News

Linda Neuharth

A warm Milestones welcome to our newest team member, Linda Neuharth, OTR/L. Linda comes to Milestones with over 30 years of occupational therapy experience in a variety of settings, both in the United States and abroad. We are so excited to have her join our team and to bring her passion for working with families and her insights as both a professional and a parent. Welcome, Linda!

Grandson Arthur

We have another new addition to the Milestones family as well! Clinical Director Janet Puderbaugh, MS, OTR/L, is pleased to introduce her first grandchild, Arthur (in photo), born May 3, weighing in at 7 pounds, 3 ounces. Janet’s daughter, Jesslyn, and her husband, Jeff, are the proud parents. Mom, Dad, and baby are all doing well.

The Milestones team recently had the opportunity to learn more about a revolutionary approach to education through an informative in-service presentation by Christina Neri, LCSW, of the Fusion Academy of Oak Brook. This unique school is an accredited private school for grades 6–12 that uses a one-to-one approach to help students realize their full academic potential while offering opportunities for social and emotional growth.

The Milestones team is sad to say farewell to two of our outstanding OT team members. Mary Juda, MS,OTR/L, and Candace Adeszko, MOT, OTR/L, will be concluding their responsibilities for servicing families in the after school hours this month due to personal reasons. We wish them all the best and will certainly miss them both!

This is your last chance to sign up for Summer Social Skills Groups that begin the week of June 11-12. Small groups of about six children each gain important skills for meeting and interacting with people, which can be very challenging for children with unique needs. Should improvement in this area be a priority milestone for your child’s summer break from school? Check our website for details or call 630-792-1800 to inquire about enrollment.

Other special summer programs to consider are Bike Riding Intensives (one-on-one) and FIT (Family Intensive Therapy). FIT targets one specific need with multiple in-clinic sessions each week, plus homework with the parent. Call 792-1800 and inquire about how your child can jumpstart progress on developmental milestones this summer. Learn more on our website.

Although the construction is behind us, keep watching for new improvements and fun new activities in all of our spaces!

April News

Celeste Mendoza

A big welcome to new team member Celeste Mendoza who joins the administrative team to manage the front desk in the afternoon and late day hours. Many of you may have had the opportunity to meet Celeste when she was completing observation and volunteer hours in the therapy center over the past several weeks. We are delighted to have her on the Milestones team.

The new back gym was used for hosting 35 attendees at our Trauma Informed Care continuing ed course on April 5-6.

Our Milestones construction project is complete! Our new mats for the new back gym are now in and the staff love them! Unpacking, re-arranging and decorating will continue for a few weeks yet, but we are thrilled with all the new opportunities this facility improvement project has brought us. Tell us what you think about all the changes.

The new back gym provided the perfect setting for hosting our April 5-6 continuing education course on Trauma Informed Care, taught by Sheila Frick from Vital Links. We had 35 in attendance with some even flying in from out of state. What a great turnout of occupational therapists and other professionals! Trauma Informed Care is gaining acceptance as a new lens through which to approach the therapeutic needs of children and their families.

Our upcoming Summer Social Skills Groups for preschool-kindergarten or elementary/middle school children will begin meeting June 11 and 12 through August 6 and 7, with no session the week of July 4. Each small group of up to six children will work with our experienced staff to strengthen skills for handling themselves in social situations. Call the office to get details about making this milestone a priority for your child’s preparation for school in the fall, 630-792-1800. Download our flyer for preshool/kindergarten group. Download our flyer for elementary/middle school group.

Parents also are urged to think about reaching other milestones with their child this summer. We are again offering Bike Riding Intensives (one-on-one) and FIT (Family Intensive Therapy). FIT targets one specific need with multiple in-clinic sessions each week plus homework with the parent. Talk to your current Milestones therapist or call 630-792-1800 to inquire about summer programs in bike riding intensive, FIT, or one of our social skills groups. Learn more about each of these on our summer programs website.

The entire Milestones team participated in an evening all-team meeting in April in which we discussed our intervention model and utilization of our new space. It was a great opportunity for our part-time, after-school team members to meet with the whole group and be part of our quarterly employee recognition.

Team member Jessica Andujar, MS, CFY, who started with us part-time in March, has completed the requirements for her Certificate of Clinical Competence and joins Milestones full-time this month. Congratulations, Jessica!

A fond farewell to Monica Bennett after three years of greeting families and serving in our front desk position. She will be missed by the Milestones team and families, and we wish her well in all her future endeavors. 

March News

Jessica Andujar

Milestones is pleased to announce that we have a new team member. Jessica Andujar, MS, CFY, SLP, joined the Milestones team in March 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 all our therapy 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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