1. 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 […]


  2. 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. […]


  3. 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 […]


  4. 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 […]


  5. 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 […]


  6. The Benefits of Neurofeedback

    July 7, 2016

    Direct from Multiple Families’ Experiences by Nina Kuhlman, Milestones Staff “Both my children have experienced huge benefits!  My son is talking in complete sentences, can have conversations and his focus is amazing; before we were lucky to get 5 minutes on a task and talking was two word sentences and no real conversations.” “My children […]


  7. Parent-Inclusive Therapy

    May 1, 2016

    Why it Works & Why You’ll Be Hearing More About It!By Janet Puderbaugh, MS, OTR/L, Owner & Clinical DirectorWithout a doubt, there is a general sense of negativity surrounding the idea of parents being overly involved in their children’s lives. There’s even a widely used term for it, “helicopter parenting.”  But when it comes to […]


  8. Reading Together & Speech – A Shared Connection

    April 1, 2016

    By: Shefalie Patel, M.A., CCC-Speech Language PathologistWe all know how important reading is to children’s brain development. But if your child has a speech problem, did you know that reading aloud to your child is a definitive way to strengthen her speech and language skills? Regular, active reading aloud time can help a child better share […]


  9. Five Ideas for Staying Active in Any Weather!

    March 8, 2016

    By Ashley Valosek, MS, OTR/L and Jessica Vickery, MS, OTR/LSpring can sure bring some rough weather to our area. Slush, wind, rain, mud… it’s not easy for parents to find ways to keep children active when the elements seem stacked against us. But to keep healthy, it’s important to stay physically active all 12 months of […]


  10. Best Baby Gadgets for Motor Development

    January 29, 2016

    By Prerna Bodalia, PT, DPTThere are so many choices available when it comes to baby equipment, seats, and stationary centers and playcenters it is easy to feel overwhelmed!  As a physical therapist who works with many babies, one of the first questions I ask a parent when they bring their child in for an evaluation […]


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