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.

December News

Milestones staff filled their spare moments in December with several training opportunities and preparing for new classes starting in January. They also managed to work in a little staff fun; it was a great way to close out 2017.

  • The King of Swings workshop hosted at Milestones in early December for our therapists and other guests was a “swinging success.” The Milestones team learned many new therapy techniques from presenter Alexander Lopiccolo, which had immediate application for the benefit of families we serve.
  • The Milestones team learned about the “Alert Program for Self-Regulation” and the “Zones of Regulation” in an inservice presentation this month. Thank you to team members Krista Shutvet, MOT, OTR/L, Ashley Valosek, MS, OTR/L, and Kelly Shaw, MS, CCC-SLP, for sharing information learned from continuing education courses they recently attended.
  • The Milestones team had fun this month with our annual “Secret Santa” event and luncheon. These opportunities help reinforce the joy and special relationships the staff at Milestones share with each other — and which we pass on to our families.
  • The winter session of our social skills groups will begin in January. Social skills groups meet weekly for eight weeks to provide extra help for children in learning basic communication and relationship skills when dealing with unique sensory, social, emotional-behavioral or physical needs. Be sure to register if you haven’t already! Go to our flyers for specific information about preschool-kindergarten or elementary grade groups or click here for general information on our social skills groups web page.
  • We hope all our families enjoyed the holiday season, increasing the moments of joy you spent with your child. Now, the Milestones team is ready and eager to help you and your child make 2018 a year of great success in achieving new milestones. If you do not yet have appointments scheduled, please call and we’ll talk about your next step: 630-792-1800. 

November News

With some warm and sunny weather in Chicagoland (rare this fall!) the Milestones staff enjoyed some wonderful Thanksgiving moments with their families. High on our collective list of things for which to give thanks is the gratitude we feel in being able to serve our families at Milestones. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you; thank you for trusting us to partner with you in meeting the needs of your amazing children. Here’s what’s news around Milestones:

  • Several members of the Milestones team recently attended the local event affiliated with the “Campaign to Heal Childhood Trauma” presented and supported by numerous organizations involved with serving children and their families. The purpose of this five-city tour is to raise awareness of how childhood trauma impacts the development of 1 in 4 children in the U.S. and how these often-overlooked experiences can adversely impact children’s development and their physical and emotional health. November is National Adoption Month, an important time to remember that adoptive children and those in foster care are at significant risk for developmental trauma. All proceeds from this campaign go to three non-profit organizations who serve this population. 
  • A big Milestones welcome to Candace Adeszko, MOT, OTR/L. Candace brings with her several years of experience working with children in various settings and has a strong background working with children with sensory challenges. She will be available to work with families in the after-school hours.
  • Team member Kelly Komperda, DPT, recently enjoyed fun and sunshine at Disney World with her husband Steve!
  • Remember to register for the new series of social skills groups starting in January. Go to our blog page to read a Q&A on social skills groups with Milestones Lead Therapist Rebecca Doyle, LCSW. There, you also can access the flyers for both our preschool-kindergarten and our elementary grade sessions that run January 15/16 through March 5/6.

 

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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