Therapy Services

Easterseals is the champion for abilities, by opening new pathways to opportunities, so that every child can realize and reach their full potential. We take a complete approach to therapy, working with the whole family to help children with autism, cerebral palsy, disabilities, developmental delays, and other special needs reach new milestones each and every day. Easterseals Central Illinois works with the family to set and meet goals for each child individually. Our team of experts ensures that no matter how many services you are receiving, we are all working toward the same goals. 

Physical Therapy (PT)

Easterseals pediatric physical therapists promote increased independence and confidence with gross motor abilities. Physical therapists are experts in movement, motor development, and body function (ex: strength, flexibility, coordination, and endurance). They work closely with each child and their caregivers to determine a treatment plan based upon goals and priorities. Physical therapists work with children with a wide variety of diagnoses including, but not limited to: developmental delays, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, spina bifida, torticollis, plagiocephaly, genetic disorders,  hypotonia, toe walking, and those needing post-surgical rehabilitation

Occupational Therapy (OT)

Easterseals pediatric occupational therapists help find what is meaningful to your child and therapy focuses on caregiver and child-centered goals.  Occupational therapists increase a child’s independence and quality of life while targeting a variety of areas including daily living skills, sensory processing, self-regulation, motor skills, and coordination. Treatment  includes an emphasis on educating the caregivers and providing strategies to increase participation in their home and community environments.

Speech Therapy (ST)

Easterseals pediatric speech therapists use a variety of techniques to teach essential skills needed to be confident and successful communicators. Speech-language treatment plans and goals are developed and implemented based on your child’s needs and goals of the family. Our  therapists are experts in creating an environment in which children feel  successful, yet are challenged to develop their individual skills.

Feeding Therapy

Easterseals feeding therapists can turn mealtime struggles back to an enjoyable experience again. By working closely with the family, our therapists utilize several different approaches depending on the needs of the child. One of which includes SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) approach to feeding which address both sensory processing and oral motor skills a child needs to eat a wide variety of food groups and textures. This approach allows a child to interact with food in a playful, non-stressful way.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA Therapy)

Applied behavior analysis is a therapy based on the science of learning and behavior that aims to decrease challenging behavior and target socially significant behaviors for each individual. ABA is a validated approach that uses evidence-based interventions and data collection in order to make treatment decisions based on your child’s individual progress.  An evaluation by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) is completed to determine the treatment plan and the treatment setting using a family-centered approach.  Our team builds an individualized plan for each child, outlining goals and addressing challenging behavior. Easterseals’ ABA therapy can be provided in a variety of settings, including 1:1, small group, classroom-like environment, in the home when appropriate, or a combination of all these settings.

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