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Do you know a child or family who is struggling? Perhaps she demonstrates low self-esteem or lacks confidence? Maybe he has difficulty managing change or daily stressors? She may be experiencing anxiety or panic attacks. He may be acting out behaviorally by testing limits. Perhaps a parent is expressing frustration that their child never listens or acts defiantly. Do you know a parent who is at a loss as to how to best help their child or feels burnt out by parenting demands? Parenting is a stressful and challenging job. Parenting a child with a disability can be even harder. No one has to do it alone. We’re here to help.
Our staff complete comprehensive assessments to pinpoint what a child and family need to be able to succeed. Working with the entire family, our staff can identify each child’s unique strengths and challenges and then tailor a treatment plan to meet those needs. Social Work and Counseling Services can help these children and their families learn to grow together.
Common Issues Addressed by Social Work and Counseling Services with Families with Children with Developmental Delays: acting out behaviors - adjustment issues - ADHD (inattention, hyperactivity, impulsivity) – autism – anxiety - depression – death & loss – developmental delays - parental separation & divorce - low self-esteem - social skills - problem solving skills – self advocacy - sibling conflict & rivalry- panic attacks - daycare/ school challenges - stress management - temperament management - transition planning
*Families may benefit from a variety of service frequency and duration based on what they need.
Although mental health benefits vary, most medical insurance plans provide behavioral health coverage. Benefits will be verified prior to the start of services. Services also are available via private pay.
Sue works primarily out of our Villa Park location and has been working in the field of Social Work and with children and families for over thirty years. She has been with Easterseals since 2000. Previously, Sue worked for DSCC, DCFS, DuPage County Health Department, and Provena Mercy’s Behavioral Health. Her expertise includes behavior issues, anxiety, panic attacks, low self-esteem, sibling issues, and social skills. Sue has received significant training and ongoing continuing education courses focused on behavior issues in children. She utilizes many different techniques that address the child’s behavior and how to train staff and support families working with children with behavior concerns. Sue has been a trainer of Nonviolent Crisis Intervention methods for our staff and has many case hours focused on the specific techniques of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). She also provides Early Intervention services to families in their homes in the surrounding communities.
Jessica works primarily out of our Villa Park location and has been working in the counseling field since 2006. Jessica began at Easterseals in December 2017 with an extensive background in behavioral strategies including ABA and structured teaching. Jessica works closely with families as part of our Autism Diagnostic Clinic. Additionally, Jessica’s behavioral services include working with families to address behavioral challenges by educating families about behavior, modeling strategies to promote positive behavioral change, and using visual supports. She also provides School Consultations and Early Intervention services to families in their homes in the surrounding communities. Before coming to Easterseals, Jessica worked as a member of the Autism Diagnostic clinical and research teams at University of Illinois at Chicago. She also provided counseling services, parent education, and school consultation for children and adolescents with ASD and other developmental disabilities.
Yvonne works primarily out of our Elgin location. She has thirty years of clinical experience working with children and their families. After completing graduate school at the University of Chicago, she worked in a variety of community mental health centers, psychiatric hospitals, private practice, and both public and private therapeutic school settings. Yvonne is a fully credentialed early intervention evaluator and provider. She is bilingual in Spanish as well as knowledgeable about working with individuals who use AAC. Her expertise includes anxiety, depression, ADHD, parenting skills, autism, medically complex children, teen parenting, and parental mental health and/or substance abuse. As the parent of three children with exceptional needs, Yvonne understands the joys and challenges of parenting firsthand. Yvonne utilizes a strengths-based, relational model to partner with families and achieve their goals for their children.