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, a comprehensive Behavior Management program for families of children with autism, Global Developmental Evaluations, home-based Infant Massage Instruction, Family Counseling and Support, Therapeutic Listening program, and Interactive Metronome services (helps children with ADD/ADHD or motor planning issues.)

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

Clinic Administration

Speech Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Physical Therapy

Behavior Therapy

Social Work / Counseling

Developmental Therapy


  • Sara Skomsvold, Spanish Interpreter


Staff Members


Allison Albers, M.S. CCC-SLP/L

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



Elaine Barrett, DT

Elaine is a Developmental Therapist for Illinois Early Intervention who earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from Eastern Illinois University in 2010. She has had several years of experience teaching in school settings as well as providing interventions with students with special needs. She has instructed and assessed students, provided classroom modifications as needed, participated in IEP evaluations and meetings, and co-moderated "Coping wtih Anger" interventions with the school social work department. For the past year, she has provided home-based individual therapeutic interventions to families of children with special needs ages birth to three years, with focus on parent training and advocacy. She's worked with a range of diagnoses such as autism, Down syndrome, speech disorders, or global developmental delays. Go to top of page



Elizabeth Benney, M.A. 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 served as Chair of Professional Development for several years. 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



AnnaMarie Bergman, M.Ed. DT

AnnaMarie is a Developmental Therapist for Illinois Early Intervention who earned her Master's degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Elmhurst College. She completed her Bachelor's degree in Psychology at Saint Louis University in 2009, along with minors in Special Education and Sociology. While in graduate school, she interned at Assential Therapies in Niles and student taught at Benson Primary School in Itasca in a preschool special education classroom. She has professional experience providing therapy to children birth to three with autism, Down syndrome, speech/language delay, global developmental delays, and also to bilingual families.Go to top of page


Debra Chandler MSW LCSW LPHA

Debra is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her Masters degree in Social Work from Wayne State University. Debra completed her undergraduate education in Social Work from Eastern Michigan University.  Debra completed the certification for school social work from the University of Michigan.  Debra has over 30 years experience in the field of mental health providing therapeutic services and professional supervision.  Debra has provided mentoring to graduate students from Wayne State University and the University of Michigan. 


Debra has an extensive background working in the field of psychiatric social work. Debra has worked with all age groups challenged by emotional disorders.  Debra has focused her practice on providing assessments and direct care to help individuals and families develop emotionally supportive relationships, community resources and improved coping skills.  Debra is committed to advocating for quality mental health care for the people that she serves.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



Sarra Ghezali

Sarra is a Paraprofessional ABA Line Therapist who works as a behavior line therapist under the supervision of the behavior analysts in the center's Autism program. She is in process of earning her Bachelor of Science from Western Illinois University. She has had several years of experience working with special needs children. She also participated as a Posse Scholar for two years with The Posse Foundation. She participated in a summer program teaching Syrian refugees English and preparing them for the TOEFL. She is multilingual and speaks English, Arabic, French, and Spanish.

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Lauren Gronowski DrOT OTR/L

Lauren is a Licensed Occupational Therapist who earned her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy in 2011 and Master of Occupational Therapy in 2008 from Governor State University. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Health Science from Bradley Univeristy in 2006, Lauren's specialty is pediatrics and she has worked with CPS for several years at a Early Childhood Center, a non-integrated, multi-sensory learning environment for children with developmental, physical, and cognitive disabilities. She has had experience working with a wide range of diagnoses such as cerebral palsy, autism, spina bifida, Down syndrome, TBI, and other developmental disabilities.Go to top of page



Erica James

Erica is an experienced ABA therapist in LTP Center's Autism program. She is completing her Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education at Eastern Illinois University and earned her Bachelor of Science in Family Services in 2011. She has worked for several years as a Behavior Therapist for home support and home-based ABA programs. She has experience as a Lead Teacher in a clasroom setting and works as a Tutor and Mentor for Children and Adolescents in the Chicago area. She completed CPI (Crisis Prevention Institute) training in safe managment of disruptive and aggressive behaviors.

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Cassie Kucala, DT PTA/L

Cassie is a Developmental Therapist and a Licensed Physical Therapy Assistant. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Family and Child Studies in 2010 from Northern Illinois University and earned her Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therarpy in 2013 from Fox College. She is a credentialed Early Intervention provider for both developmental therapy and physical therapy, specializing in pediatrics. Her clinical experience includes outpatient and inpatient services in medical/rehab settings as well as child development centers and home-based services.Go to top of page



Katey Larson DPT PT/L

Katey is a Licensed Physical Therapist who is a credentialed Illinois Early Intervention provider. She received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northwestern University in 2013 and earned her undergraduate degree in Sports Medicine and Kinesiology from DePauw University in 2013. In her practice, she focuses on active play to improve strength, coordination, balance and reach age appropriate gross motor milestones as appropriate for each individual patient.

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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


Katie Lester, M.A. CF-SLP

Katie is a Licensed Speech Language Pathologist who received her Master of Arts in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and earned her bachelor’s degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She has experience working with children of all ages in an elementary school, middle school, daycare, clinic, and outpatient setting.  In addition, she previously evaluated and treated patients at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago in collaboration with other therapists and medical professionals. She provided therapy for adults with cognitive, swallowing, and language impairments post stroke and TBI. More recently, she has focused on providing therapy to children birth-three with speech and language disorders. 

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Shari Lenz, MOTR/L

Shari Lenz is an Occupational Therapist with 14 years of experience in Pediatrics and Early Intervention. She is a Staff Affiliate who assists the LTP Center in a diagnostic and supervisor role. 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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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



Kelly Nelson MA CF-SLP/L

Kelly is a Licensed Speech Language Pathologist who received her Master of Arts in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in May 2015 after earning her undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013.  She has had experience screening, evaluating and treating in multiple settings including elementary schools, pediatric clinics, and an inpatient therapeutic rehabilitation program. In these settings, Kelly has worked with children with Downs syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental delay and other various speech and language disorders from ages 6 months to 15 years old.  She uses play-based and routine-based intervention to teach children functional skills and behaviors to help them succeed. Go to top of page



Brooke Owens MA BCBA

Brooke is a Board-Certified Behavior Analysis who is finishing her Doctoral (anticipated 2016) at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She earned her Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis at The Chicago School in 2011 and earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2009 at the University of Southern Mississippi. She is a Certified Behavior Tools Instructor (PCMA) and a Licnsed Beahvior Analyst in Wisconsin as well as a Certified Behavior Analyst in Illinois. In addition to leading the Autism Behavior Program at LTP Center, she serves ad Adjunct Professor for The Chicago School of Professional Psychology's online certification program. She has had several years of experience working as an ABA Consultant to design and implement individualized programs for children and adults with autism and developmental delays, based on the principles of ABA with emphasis on verbal behavior.

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Christine Priore, Clinic Coordinator


Christine is the Clinic Coordinator and Child Development Specialist at Learning through Play. She received her Bachelors of Arts Degree(s) in Early Childhood Education and Psychology from National-Louis University, and is currently working toward her Masters of Social Work degree from Dominican University. Christine has five years of experience working as the Lead Teacher of an at-risk toddler classroom at The Infant Welfare Society of Evanston. Christine is knowledgeable on the referral and intake process for Early Intervention, as well as conducting the Ages and Stages Questionnaire assessment tool in order to refer clients to Early Intervention services. Additionally, Christine is knowledgeable on the School Readiness goals for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers outlined by the State of Illinois, which articulates expectations of children's progress across the five essential domains of child development and early learning that will improve a child's readiness for kindergarten.

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Caitlin Tepe, M.S. CCC-SLP/L

Caitlin is a Licensed Speech Language Pathologist who received her Masters of Science in Speech, Language, and Learning from Northwestern University in June 2013. She received her Bachelors of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Miami University in 2011. Her graduate clinical rotations included experience across the lifespan in many settings including outpatient clinics, daycares, elementary and high schools, and inpatient hospitals. Before joining EB Pediatric Resources, she worked with special education students at a suburban high school in self-contained and inclusive classrooms and special education students in Kindergarten through 5th grade at an inner city charter school network. Her caseload ranged from mild to profound disabilities including autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, cognitive impairments, social-emotional disabilities, articulation and phonological disorders, feeding and swallowing difficulties, ADHD, seizure disorders, neonatal strokes, and various syndromes. She is experienced in completing screenings, administering comprehensive speech and language evaluations, generating individualized treatment goals, and planning play-based sessions geared towards each child’s interests. She enjoys creating social stories and visuals to add her sessions.Go to top of page



Kathleen D. Whitehead, M.A. BCBA

Kate is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She received her Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis; with a focus in Child Development and Autism Spectrum Disorders from Ball State University in 2013. Kate has experience working in the Early Childhood sector, private therapy institutions, as well as consultative work for schools. She has extensive experience conducting functional behavior assessments and analyses, developing behavioral intervention plans for severe problematic behaviors, providing early childhood behavioral interventions, 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, Kate enjoys cooking, running, and spending time with friends and family.

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Stefanie Zwick MSW LSW CAS

Stefanie is a Licensed Social Worker and Certified Autism Specialist who earned her bachelors in Psychology and her masters in Social Work with a concentration in Interpersonal Practice and Children and Youth from the University of Michigan. She has experience working at a center for children with autism in Michigan, facilitating social skills groups, dyads, and individual sessions with children.  Stefanie also worked at a therapeutic day school for children ages 4-18 in New York City. She used the DIR/Floortime model to promote the education and development of children with neurodevelopmental delays of relating and communicating, including autism spectrum disorders.  Stefanie also provided ABA therapy for five years through the Early Intervention program in New York.

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Jessica Zwolfer MS (BCBA-pending)

Jessica is a Behavior Therapist who has just finished her coursework for her Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and will be sitting for the boards (Board-Certified Behavior Analyst) in December 2015. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology from University of Illinois at Chicago in 2011.Jessica has had several years experience working with Discrete Trial Training (DTT), Natural Environment Training (NET), and principles from the Verbal Behavior technique in group and individual settings. She has worked with children of all ages and diagnoses, including autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, and behavior disorders, as well as typically developing children whose parents need some assistance with negative behaviors, feeding issues, or potty-training.

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