September News

The new school year is a good time to check your child’s speech-language development. Call us if you have concerns.

  • Now that school is officially underway, it may be helpful to think about your child’s speech and language progress. For ideas about what is expected for different grade levels, or helpful suggestions for how parents can support kids throughout the school year, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association has compiled some helpful Kindergarten Milestones that can help you (find milestones for other grade levels at the ASHA website). Our therapists at Milestones are excited to work with children and their families during this transition into the school year, so please feel free to check in with us about appropriate school-age development if you have any concerns.

  • Teagan

    We are so excited to welcome Teagan Harper O’Malley to the Milestones family! Teagan was born on September 13 and weighed in at 9 pounds, 21 ¾ inches. Proud parents Lead Therapist Ashley Valosek, MS, OTR/L, and husband Jon O’Malley couldn’t be happier. Welcome to the world, Teagan!

  • Congratulations to team member Megan Szarzynski, MOT, OTR/L, and husband Tim Malone. Megan and Tim were wed on September 8 and are enjoying their honeymoon in Hawaii. Many of the Milestones team members were able to celebrate the nuptials in a fun evening for all. Congratulations, Megan and Tim!

  • Wedding bells also are in the air for the family of another Milestones team member. Clinical Director Janet Puderbaugh, MS, OTR/L, is delighted to be attending her son Camron Jalayerian’s wedding on September 29 when he and long-time love Jessica Stratton will join in marriage. Janet’s family is thrilled to “officially” welcome Jessica into the family although she has stolen hearts and been like family for some time now. Congratulations, Camron and Jessica!

  • Rebecca Doyle, LCSW, and Roopleen Rai, OTR/L, recently attended a Theraplay® course to hone their techniques for helping children who struggle with regulation become focused therapy participants. The principles of Theraplay create an environment that fosters cooperation from the child and engages parents in ways where they can take pride in their child’s accomplishments.

  • The Milestones team has continued its series of in-house learning and training opportunities taking advantage of team members’ expertise. This month, team member Brittany Wilkie, LCSW, shared insight and knowledge on the delicate issue of transitions for the children and families that we serve as well as for our own team members.

  • Our two most recent Job Postings are for a pediatric occupational therapist and a clinical social worker. Do you know someone looking for a career opportunity who you think would be a great fit for Milestones? Please pass this information along. Careers information is on the Therapy Openings section of our website or download our flyers here: OT opening and LCSW opening.

  • Also, we are sad to say farewell to valued team member Sarah Rosenburg, LCSW, who is leaving Milestones to pursue her passion for serving families with a position on the Early Childhood Court Team, a program that was recently introduced into the Cook County court system. Sarah will be one of three community practice coordinators for this innovative program, and while sad to leave Milestones, she says she feels drawn to this work. We wish her well and will miss her.

August News

Holly Kuvlovitz is Milestones’ newest physical therapist.

  • Milestones-For Kids’ Success is so pleased to welcome our newest team member. Holly Kulovitz, PT, DPT, joined us this month, bringing her enthusiasm and vast experience in physical therapy for children ages birth to 18 years in both school and outpatient pediatric settings. Welcome, Holly! We are excited to have you join our team!

  • Lead Therapist Ashley Valosek, MS, OTR/L, and team member Linda Neuharth, MA, OTR/L, conducted an in-service presentation for the educational and administrative team at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School in Naperville, Illinois. Their focus was “Red Flags: When to Ask for Help.” Milestones is pleased to be partnering with this school to provide occupational therapy services for students in their school environment. The in-service presentation gave the school team important information about when to refer a student for therapy.

  • A big thank you to Milestones administrative team member Donna Cooper and Brittany Wilkie, LCSW, who worked with families to transition them into new therapy schedules for a new school year. Finding the right solution to matching family availability with their child’s therapist—and sometimes multiple therapists at the same time—is a big task. In August, we are transitioning many families to new schedules at once. Great job, team, and thank you to our families, too!

  • The Milestones team enjoyed a social evening this month for our annual outing and to celebrate our 16th anniversary. Thanks to team member Brittany Wilkie, LCSW, and her father, Mr. Wierbicki, for hosting us at Tinfish Restaurant in Tinley Park. The hospitality and food were exceptional, and a good evening was had by all in attendance.

  • Last reminder: Fall Social Skills Groups start the second week in September. Check out the information on our website, and call our office (630-792-1800) to see if openings are still available. New groups form each January, April, June and September for 8-week sessions.
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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