July News

Kelly Komperda leaves Milestones for Georgia

• Best wishes and a sad Milestones farewell to team member Kelly Komperda, DPT, as she leaves Illinois to join her husband in Georgia where he is pursuing a new job opportunity. We trust she will put her doctor of physical therapy degree to good use in her new home, and we look forward to hearing what doors will open for her. Kelly will be missed!

• The Milestones team enjoyed hosting their peers and other professionals who make referrals to our therapy center at an open house on July 13. The guests were able to see our recently renovated facility and learn about some of the new emphases in our therapies here at Milestones. Thanks to Lead Team members Jessica Vickery, MS, OTR/L, and Rebecca Doyle, LCSW, for planning this special event.

• In keeping with our ongoing efforts for continued professional development, the Milestones Lead Team engaged our staff in multiple in-service presentations during July utilizing the expertise of our own team members. These included:

  1. “Trauma and the Brain” by Lead Therapist Rebecca Doyle, LCSW
  2. “Play: Why and How Do We Use Play” by Senior Therapist Kelly Shaw, MS, CCC-SLP
  3. “SPD Subtypes Revisited” by Ashley Valosek, MS, OTR/L

June News

Sarah Rosenburg in the Dominican Republic

•  Milestones team member Sarah Rosenburg, LCSW, has been involved in mission work in the Dominican Republic for the past several years. She traveled there again this month. Here’s what she says about this wonderful way she gives back to others: “The first part of June, I traveled to Santiago, Dominican Republic, to work in a small community named Cuesta Arena. For the past 10 years, I have worked with the Iglesia Evangelica Dominicana through my non-profit, Renewed Hope Missions. This summer, I led a group of eleventh and twelfth graders there to work at and attend the graduation of a preschool in the community (the only school in the community). Since its opening six years ago, the school has graduated 49 children and provided tutoring for those children as they moved into the public school. The team provided education support and began construction of a playground by building a swing set. They also installed electricity in the school and painted the school and surrounding homes.”

•  With a number of weeks of school break yet before us, you can still schedule a summer intensive program with Milestones to give some extra attention to a needed area in your child’s developmental milestones. Or, maybe you find that something like learning to ride a bike is not working out for your child with unique needs. Our expert staff can help you address a special concern by providing intensive work on it this summer, while your child is not in school. Talk to your current therapist about extra sessions if you are in therapy right now. If you aren’t currently active at Milestones, just call the office (630-792-1800) and tell us you’d like to talk about what’s possible with a summer intensive.

•  Team members Jessica Andujar, M.S. CCC-SLP, and Brittany Wilkie, LCSW, attended a valuable continuing education course this month titled “When Children Won’t Eat:  Picky Eaters vs Problem Feeders – Assessment & Treatment Using the SOS Approach to Feeding.” When a child has problems with food, for example cannot gain weight because of inability to eat certain food groups or textures, or cannot tolerate the introduction of new foods, the SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) approach helps the child interact with food in an intentional but playful, non-stressful way, beginning with the ability to tolerate the food in the room and in front of them, then moving on to touching, kissing, and eventually tasting and eating foods. Talk to Jessica or Brittany if this is an area of concern with your child.

•  Here are the latest updates on our treatment center improvements:

–Our front lobby continues to evolve with the recent addition of a “kid’s nook” with a fun chalk wall, book rack, and coat rack tree thanks to the imagination and power-tool-talent of our Administrative Director Gretchen Manske.

–Exciting, new and inflatable sports equipment is drawing a lot of attention in our back gym.

–We have added a delightful, new kitchen set to the Imaginative Playroom.

–Our small gym is now open and ready for use. 

Stop in and ask for a quick look when you are in the area. We are thrilled to show off the new and innovative additions we’ve made to our therapy spaces at Milestones in Downers Grove.

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!

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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