All of us at Milestones say THANKS to you!

November News

  • While the memory of the Thanksgiving holiday is still fresh, all of us here at Milestones want to say a special word of thanks to the AMAZING FAMILIES who walk through our doors. We respect and admire the love, dedication, patience, commitment and energy you give to the therapy process with hope for the best outcome for your child with unique needs. We cannot walk in your shoes but we can promise to walk right beside you through each milestone of your precious son or daughter’s childhood. Thank you for being the great moms, dads, grandparents, foster parents and guardians that you are!

  • Senior Staff Therapist KELLY SHAW, MS, CCC-SLP, and team member MEGAN SZARZYNSKI, MOT, OTR/L, attended a Washington, D.C., conference on DIR® and DIRFloortime® this month. DIR promotes positive development in children and can be used in many situations including with children who have social-emotional, developmental, educational, or autism spectrum challenges. (D.I.R. stands for Developmental, Individual differences, and Relationship based.) In this model, motivation is rooted in discovering the natural interests of the child and working through those interests. The conference was sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning, Inc. (ICDL). We are so proud of all our staff and therapists for their commitment to continual learning for the benefit of our families.

  • We do not have any winter SOCIAL SKILLS GROUPS scheduled yet, but if you are interested please contact the Milestones office and let us know. If enough interest is expressed, we will try to put a winter group together starting in the new year. This eight-week series is designed to help your child become acclimated to and practice appropriate behaviors for the social situations in which they live. Groups are offered in two levels: one for preschool-kindergarten and one for elementary-middle school. Learn more about Social Skills Groups on our website. Email Clinical Director Janet Puderbaugh to indicate you are interested.

October News

While our Halloween dress-up days gave Milestones staff some fun with our families this month, staff have also spent significant time in seminars for continuing education. Here are three of the big ones:

  • Several of the Milestone team members attended the 30th annual ATTACH conference in Virginia Beach, VA. Clinical Director Janet Puderbaugh, MS OTR/L, Administrative Director Gretchen Manske, lead therapists Jessica Vickery, MS OTR/L, and Rebecca Doyle, LCSW, and team member Roopleen Rai, OTR/L, were excited to learn from leaders in the field of trauma and attachment about new research and strategies to heal our children and families facing attachment, trauma and trust challenges.
  • Clinical Director Janet Puderbaugh, MS OTR/L, and team member Linda Neuharth, MA OTR/L, attended the 21st Annual International 3S Symposium, Regulation: Foundation to Function, hosted by the STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder this month in Atlanta, GA. This educational event brought both staff and parents together to examine the concept of regulation at deeper levels and its impact in relationships, trauma informed care and sensory treatments. (Regulation involves self-managing our emotional and behavioral responses at every age and stage of life.)
  • The Milestones team had the opportunity to connect with another community provider and to learn more about Auditory Processing Disorders from  Donna Turetgen, AuD, at an inservice presentation in October. Thank you, Dr. Donna, for bringing your wealth of information and insight to the Milestones team.

Here’s what’s been happening with Milestones’ staff families:

  • Blakeley Wilkie

    Congratulations to team member Brittany Wilkie, LCSW, and her husband, Jeff, on the birth of their beautiful baby girl. Blakely Kaye (in photo) was born October 5, and her parents couldn’t be more in love. Welcome to the Milestones family, Blakely!
  • Administrative Assistant Donna Cooper also has a new addition to the family as granddaughter Ciria Marie made her debut into the world on October 22 at 6 pounds, nine ounces. We couldn’t be happier for Donna and her family and wish her safe travels as she joins them for a visit in Arizona.

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.
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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