About Eb Pediatric Resources

EB Pediatric Resources is located in Chicago, IL. We provide a variety of home-based and center-based services for children, including Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Developmental Therapy, ABA Therapy and other Pediatric Therapy services, Global Developmental Evaluations, home-based Infant Massage Instruction, Family Counseling and Support, and a tutoring service called Therapeutic Play Interactions™.

The Learning Through Play™ Center for Child Development in the Lakeview area offers Playgroups and Classes for children ages 2-5 years. These classes were designed by developmental therapists and early learning specialists to help children transition effectively to preschool and kindergarten. They are small (6-7 children max), provide a teacher/child ratio of one adult for every 2 children, and are taught by experienced therapists. The classes are formatted to provide a playful but structured forum for children to learn socialization and language skills, to separate from their parents in a gentle and positive way, and learn to be comfortable and confident in a structured classroom setting. The classes are particularly helpful for children who may still be learning language skills or have difficulty socializing with their peers.

The Center also provides a pleasant, environment where parents can socialize and browse through books and parent resources. Therapists are available to consult with parents, as needed, and discuss their concerns and goals for their children.

Children learn through play!

Our philosophy is that all children have an amazing capacity to learn new skills and all children learn best through play. Our therapy approach involves assessing a child's areas of challenge — whether cognitive, social, sensory, motor or language-related — and providing them with tools to overcome these challenges through play-based interventions.

Our therapists are multidisciplinary and are trained in therapeutic and educational models including DIR/Floor Time, ABA, RDI, interactive metronome, Therapeutic Listening Program, augmentative communication, and PECs.

Our Staff Members

Clinic Director

Speech Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Behavior Therapy

Developmental Therapy

Music Therapy

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Staff Members

 

Allison Albers, SLP-CFY

Ally received her Master of Arts in Speech Language Pathology from Hampton University in April 2013 and earned her undergraduate in 2009 in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from Michigan State University. She has had experience across multiple settings including acute care, outpatient, clinic, pre-K and elementary school. She evaluated, diagnosed, and treated speech and swallowing disorders at the Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital, Sentara Outpatient Therapy Center, and Sentara Neurology Clinic in conjunction with teams of neurologists, respiratory therapists, occupational and physical therapists. She screened evaluated, diagnosed and treated Pre-K through 3rd Grade children for speech and language disorders including children with cleft palate, genetic syndromes, autism spectrum disorders, hearing-impaired, cochlear implants, cerebral palsy, and other impairments. She screened, evaluated, diagnosed and treated children ages 2 years to 13 years for speech and language disorders at Hampton University’s speech and hearing clinic. She taught children between 3-5 years old at the YMCA Preschool.Go to top of page

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Benney, MA DT CIMI

Elizabeth is a Developmental Therapist and Evaluator for the Illinois Early Intervention Program as well as an IAIM-certified Infant Massage Instructor. She is the founder of the Illinois Developmental Therapy Association and current Chair of its Professional Development Committee. Her practice specializations include certification in the Interactive Metronome program, Therapeutic Listening program ("Core/Listening with the Whole Body"), and Infant Massage Instruction. She has had extensive experience addressing atypical sensory integration and her practice specifically addresses sensorimotor stability and organization. She utilizes various modalities including DIR® model of Floor-time as well as ABA protocols to tailor her sessions to each individual child as appropriate.

Elizabeth earned her graduate degree from University of Chicago and collaborates with graduate schools to provide child development graduates and interns with supervised clinical experience and training. She opened the Learning through Play Center several years ago as a forum in which she and her staff could design a unique style of developmental playgroup, which utilizes structure in conjunction with various modes (art, music, movement) tailored specifically to help children organize, adapt, socialize, communicate, and learn effectively in group settings.Go to top of page

 

 

 

Catherine Byrnes

Catie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Art Studio from DePaul University. She will earn her graduate degree in Child Development with Infancy concentration from Erikson Institute and plans to receive her Developmental Therapy credential by June 2015. Her experience includes working with at-risk children and adolescents through after school programs for Chicago Public Schools. She has been working for the Learning through Play Center assisting with running the therapeutic playgroups.

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Laura Lascody, M.S. CCC-SLP/L

Laura is a licensed Speech Language Pathologist who received her Masters of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Illinois State University in December 2009 and earned her undergraduate degree in 2007 in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Illinois State University. Prior to joining our staff, Laura worked in an outpatient setting with pediatric patients (infant-12 year) with diagnoses including dysphagia/feeding mismanagement, apraxia, expressive/receptive language disorders, Autism, Downs syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and varying genetic, articulation, and phonological disorders. She also provided therapy for preschool through fifth grade students with speech and language disorders and participated in play-based preschool evaluations. She worked independently to serve children ages birth to three through the Early Intervention program. In her practice, she utilizes a variety of techniques including play-based therapy and use of augmentative communication devices to promote expressive language in nonverbal children. She focuses on improving social, language, and articulation skills for children. Laura is also experienced in providing screening, evaluation, and treatment goals for her clients.Go to top of page

 

 

 

 

Brandi Neuberg, M.S. CCC-SLP/L

Brandi is a Speech Language Pathologist. She works full time in the public schools and part time providing Early Intervention Services at the Learning Through Play Center. She has been working as a speech language pathologist for 8 years and studied Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Arizona in Tucson where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree. Brandi earned a Masters of Science Degree at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in the Communication Disorders and Sciences Department. Brandi works with children ranging from birth thru high school and runs the summer language camp for children in early childhood at the Learning Through Play Center. She has experience with children who have a wide range of communication delays including Autism, Dysfluency, Learning Disabilities/ ADD and ADHD, Cognitive Impairments, Traumatic Brain Injury, Articulation and Phonology Delays, and Language Delays.Go to top of page

 

 

 

 

Lori Pelletier, MS DT

Lori Pelletieris a Developmental Therapist who earned her graduate degree in Early Childhood Education and Developmental Therapy at Elmhurst College. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology at the University of Dayton in Ohio in 2009. She tutored at Giant Steps, a transitional school for children with Autism for almost a year prior to returning for her Master's degree. While at Elmhurst College, she interned at the UIC Child and Family Development Center in Chicago for developmental therapy, student taught at Blair Early Childhood Center in an ECSE classroom, and student taught at Hiawatha Elementary School in Berwyn in a full inclusion kindergarten classroom. In addition to her work with Learning through Play, she teaches Pre-Kindergarten at Queen of Angels in Lincoln Square.Go to top of page

 

 

 

 

Ashlee Snyder, MS OTR/L

Ashlee earned her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Spalding University in 2013 and her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science in 2010. She most recently worked as a Therapy Assistant at the KITE summer Camp in Louisville, KY where she provided therapy through individual and small group sessions for children with developmental and physical disabilities. She has worked with children and adults with disabilities at the HMR Associates clinic for the past 2 years. Her Level II Fieldwork has been in a NeuroRestorative clinic and nursing facility. She was an OT Aide at Children’s Mercy Hospital where she worked with the pediatric population and assisted with feeding, handwriting, gross and fine motor skills, and brachial plexus group therapies.Go to top of page

 

 

 

 

 

Courtney Allen, DT

Courtney is a Developmental Therapist and Evaluator for the Illinois Early Intervention Program. She received her undergraduate from Illinois State University in Special Education. She has worked in the school system with special needs in the suburbs before acquiring her Developmental Therapy credential. She has experience working with children of all ages in many different settings and with a variety of disabilities and diagnoses. Her most recent experience has been working with children diagnosed with Autism. Her professional experience also includes social skills training for children, IEP development, curriculum development, and lesson plans. Go to top of page

 

 

 

 

 

Lisa Brennan, M.Ed. DT LPC

Lisa Brennan is a Developmental Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor. She received her M.Ed. in Counseling with a specialization in Early Intervention from DePaul University and a B.A. in Psychology from Wayne State University. Lisa has completed coursework in sensory integration, treatment options for children with autism, Theraplay, and Floor Time. Before Early Intervention, Lisa worked with at-risk children and their families, led social skills groups for young school-age children, and taught preschool.Go to top of page

 

 

 

 

Heather Copeland, MSW DT

Heather is a Developmental Therapist who received a second Master's degree in Infant Mental Health and Child Development from Erikson Institute, earned her Master's in Social Work from University of Chicago, and has an undergraduate in Psychology from University of Michigan.

Heather joins our staff after several years of conducting Applied Behavioral Analysis therapy privately for children diagnosed with Autism. She has supervised and managed preschool classes for three-year-olds using the Reggio Emilio approach to early childhood when designing the daily curriculum. Her professional experience also includes counseling, social skills training for children, IEP development, child development and scholastic assessments, and data collection/reporting for ABA programs.Go to top of page

 

 

 

 

 

Elissa Garcia, MS MSW DT

Elissa is a Developmental Therapist and Evaluator for Early Intervention Program. She received a Masters in Child Development with a Specialization in Infant Studies from Erikson Institute, and a Masters in Social Work from University of Chicago (degree completed 6/2011). During her child development studies, Elissa interned with an Early Head Start home visiting program and a program that provides specialized early education for children on the autistic spectrum, where she received training in Greenspan's "Floor Time" approach. As a social work intern, Elissa has worked with pregnant and parenting teens, as well as an agency that serves children and teens impacted by trauma.Go to top of page

 

 

 

 

Karla Gidwani, BCMT

Karla is a Board-Certified Music Therapist who earned her graduate degree in music therapy from Illinois State University and her undergraduate degree in Music from DePaul University. She has had several years of experience working with special needs children and youth including assessing clients’ needs and goals to be addressed by music therapy, planning and implementing music therapy groups, assessed and worked with individual or group in hospital settings such as UIC Medical Center. She has had experience collaborating with BCBAs and implementing ABA programs. She has recently become trained in the MTWT® (Music Together Within Therapy) program that incorporates parents/family into the intervention strategies for more effective interventions.Go to top of page

 

 

 

 

Christina Vestevich, M.A., BCBA

Christina is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She received her Master of Arts in Behavior Analysis: Autism Treatment from Western Michigan University under the supervision of Dr. Richard W. Malott. Christina has experience working in the Early Childhood sector, private therapy institutions, as well as consultative work for school districts. She has extensive experience conducting functional behavior assessments and analyses, developing behavioral intervention plans for severe problematic behaviors, providing Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention, staff and parent training, assessing and developing verbal behavior and learning programs, as well as Activities of Daily Living training. When she is not working, Christina enjoys painting, drawing, visiting museums, cooking and sampling many of Chicago's wonderful restaurants.Go to top of page

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Erin Hedlin, MA CCC-SLP/L CLC

Erin is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Certified Lactation Consultation. Her areas of clinical expertise include feeding and swallowing in premature infants, toddlers, and children.  She does a variety of assessments and treatments for feeding/swallowing including bedside swallow evaluations, clinical feeding evaluations, and videofluroscopy swallow evaluations.  She is certified in the NOMAS (Neonatal Oral Motor Assessment Scale) as well as  the SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to feeding.  She has worked in the NICU (neonatal intensvie care unit) for the last 7 years and she has been seeing children through early intervention for the past 5 years.   In the past, Erin has lectured about feeding issues in the NICU and with post NICU infants.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from Ball State University  and her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from Seton Hall University in South Orange New Jersey.Go to top of page

 

 

 

 

Shari Lenz, MOTR/L

Shari Lenz is an Occupational Therapist with 14 years of experience in Pediatrics and Early Intervention. She specializes in sensory processing, modulation and regulation disorders and has extensive experience with preemies, feeding, Failure to Thrive, ASD/PDD/ Asperger's, genetic disorders/syndromes, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and neuromuscular disorders. Shari is SIPT certified and certified in Therapeutic Listening Program. Shari was an OT director for 10 years and currently provides state and private OT evaluations.

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Kim Lukecart, MOTR/L

Kim Lukecart is an Occupational Therapist who graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003.  Kim currently works in a pediatric clinic setting, is an Illinois Early Intervention credentialed evaluator and treatment specialist, and provides hippotherapy to children and adults in Lake Forest, IL.  Throughout her career, Kim has gained experience in a variety of pediatric settings including acute care, outpatient and a neonatal intensive care unit. She provides treatment for a variety of diagnoses for the birth to three populations and has completed many trainings to further her professional development in pediatrics including the SOS Approach to feeding, Food Chaining, Therapeutic Listening, Astronaut Training, kinesiotaping and hippotherapy. Go to top of page