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

Interpreters

 

Staff Members

 

 

Allison Albers, MA CCC-SLP/L,

Director of Patient Services

Ally is the Director of Patient Services and received her Master of Arts in Speech Language Pathology from Hampton University in April 2013. She earned her undergraduate in 2009 in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from Michigan State University. Ally currently holds licensure through the State of Illinois as well as credentialing through the Early Intervention Program. She also holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence through ASHA and is SOS Feeding certified.. Ally has experience across multiple settings include acute care, outpatient, clinic, pre-k and elementary school. Additionally, Ally was involved in evaluation and diagnosis of speech/language 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. Ally has experience diagnosing and treating speech and language disorders across multiple populations, including children with cleft palate, genetic syndromes, autism spectrum disorders, hearing-impaired, cochlear implants, cerebral palsy, and other impairments. Currently, Ally provides clinic and home based speech and language services, as well as feeding and swallowing therapy to the pediatric population.

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Elizabeth Benney, MA DT CIMI

Clinic Director

Elizabeth is a Developmental Therapist and Evaluator for the Illinois Early Intervention Program as well as an IAIM-certified Infant Massage Instructor. She was 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 collaborated 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.

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AnnaMarie Bergman, MEd 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 a minor in Special Education and Sociology. While in graduate school, she interned at Assential Therapies in Niles and was a student teacher 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.

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Allison Campbell, MOTR/L

Allison is an Occupational Therapist who received her Masters of Occupational Therapy from Midwestern University where she took electives in autism, developmental disabilities, sensory processing, and school mental health. She completed clinical fieldworks in a school system with a therapeutic preschool and elementary school, a sub acute hospital unit, and a pediatric clinic. Allison also has experience working with families and in the home as a personal support worker at Hope College and while in graduate school. An Indiana native, Allison now enjoys living and working in the windy city!

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Lauren Charnow

Lauren is the Assitant Director of EB Pediatric Resources and paraprofessional clinician. She attended Skidmore College where she obtained a BA in dance therapy and drama therapy. She has spent over 10 years working with children teaching movement, circus, gymnastics as well as tutoring and subbing in the school system. Lauren developed her own summer camp program for elementary school and preschool students that integrates themes (such as anti-bullying, self-esteem, and healthy eating) with movement and theater. She has experience working at a social summer circus camp for a-typically developing children and has completed Circus Arts Therapy Training level one. She is excited to bring her programs to EBPR and continue developing movement based programs to help children learn and grow. 


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Heather Cowden, BS COTA

Heather is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant who completed her Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Assisting from Brown Mackie College in St. Louis.  She earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Missouri where she worked at a daycare for children with developmental disabilities.  Heather has experience working in the daycare setting as well as in the home working with children with autism disorder.

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Debra Chandler, MSW LCSW LPHA

Debra is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her Master 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.

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Colleen Fahey, MA CCC-SLP/L

Colleen is a licensed and ASHA certified Speech Language Pathologist who received her Masters in Arts in Speech Language Pathology from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2010 and earned her undergraduate also at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2008 in Speech and Hearing Science. Colleen has experience as a school based speech language pathologist with Chicago Public Schools where she has worked in the elementary school setting to service children in preschool through 8th grade (ranging from age 3-14 years). She has experience working with children with a variety of disorders including: specific learning disabilities, articulation and phonological delays, receptive and expressive language delays, autism spectrum disorder, stuttering/dysfluency, apraxia, social communication delays, cognitive delays, cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, and other syndromes. Colleen has provided collaboration and consultation with classroom teachers, families, and other therapists to determine eligibility decisions regarding student placements, to develop IEPs, and determine accommodations and modifications to support students in their least restrictive classroom setting. She has experience with Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) systems (low, mid, and high technology) to facilitate communication in children with limited verbal abilities and has Picture Exchange Communication System Basic Training.

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Jessica Ganter, MSc

Jessie is the Early Intervention Service Coordinator and received her MSc in child psychology from Kingston University London just this past summer. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from DePaul University in 2016. Jessie has experience working in various child development centers and preschools. She is currently working towrads completeing her training to become a Registered Behavior Technician.

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Natalia Gomez, MS DT

Natalia is a Developmental Therapist for Illinois Early Intervention. She graduated with a Bachelor in Speech and Language Pathology from Illinois State University in 2007, and then earned a Master in Elementary Education with Bilingual/English Language Learner Endorsement from Quincy University in 2011. Having served as a teacher for primary grades, she's had a lot of experience in Chicago’s schools. Natalia has had the opportunity to work with a wide range of children, making her very knowledgeable on developmental expectations and school readiness goals. Being a credentialed Early Intervention provider allows her to utilize her skills and awareness in the home and private setting. She prepares play activities designed to help children progress and has the ability to observe, teach and assess the child globally. Natalia is bilingual (English-Spanish), has great rapport with families and is passionate about being of service to children. 

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Aimee Holper, MEd DT

Aimee is a credentialed Developmental Therapist who earned her Master of Education Degree in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2004. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology with a concentration in Juvenile Justice from DePaul University in 1997. Before having children of her own, she worked as a Preschool and Elementary School Teacher in both Chicago and its suburbs. She has taught in various age groups and educational settings over the years, including as a Kindergarten and 1st Grade Special Education Teacher, as a 3rd Grade Classroom Teacher and as a Preschool Teacher. In these roles, she has provided curriculum and goal development, academic support, and group and one-on-one assistance with children involved in both special and general education programs, all while utilizing her play-based, family centered approach. Most recently she has taught two and three year old Preschool and worked as a tutor for Elementary age students. She has had the opportunity to work with children birth to age 8 with Autism, Down Syndrome, and children with global developmental delays.

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Stefanie Irmen MS, OTR/L

Stefanie is a licensed and registered Occupational Therapist who received her Masters of Occupational Science from Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is a licensed occupational therapist in the State of Illinois and is a certified Early Intervention Provider. She has experience in a variety of populations, including working with children with special needs within a private clinic and public school setting, where she works with a multidisciplinary team to complete IEP's and determine best treatment approaches for children with disabilities. Her fieldwork experience includes outpatient orthopedic, assisted living and pediatric outpatient clinic and daycare. Stefanie has been a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association for five years and is a member of the academic honor society, Pi Theta Epsilon.

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Beth Kelso, RBT

Beth is a Registered Behavior Technician who earned her Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis at Ball State University. She has worked for several years providing ABA therapy to individuals with autism and related disorders in home, clinic, and community settings. She has experience delivering one-on-one support and facilitating group activities to improve communication, promote independence, and develop social skills. She is passionate about making a positive impact on her clients and their families. 

 

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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 Therapy 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.

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Katey Larson, DPT PT/L

Katey is a Licensed Physical Therapist who is also 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 2010. 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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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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Melanie Milling, OTR/L

Melanie is a licensed Occupational Therapist who received her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2016. She has experience with a variety of populations, including at-risk toddlers, children with sensory processing disorders, children and adults with Down syndrome, and individuals with autism spectrum disorder. She has also worked adults in the acute care setting. Melanie has experience utilizing DIR/Floortime principles in addition to behavioral strategies in pediatric settings. Since graduating, she has been working at a therapeutic day school for children with autism.

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Hilary Parlette, MS CCC-SLP/L

Hilary is a Licensed Speech Language Pathologist who earned her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Bowling Green State University. She has worked with both children and adults in a variety of school, hospital, and outpatient settings. Her experiences include evaluating and treating individuals with autism spectrum disorders, Down Syndrome, traumatic brain injury, expressive/receptive language impairments, phonological disorders, and literacy difficulties. She conducted research in both undergraduate and graduate school focusing on language and memory difficulties in patients after traumatic brain injury. Hilary currently provides speech and language therapy to children through play-based therapy and collaboration with families and other professionals to achieve functional outcomes.

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Mariya Pashova, MS DT

Mariya is a Developmental Therapist who finished her masters degree at Erikson Institute in the science of child development. Her bachelors degree is in communication, media and theater. Mariya developed a program for children called Shakespeare-iment which focuses around social - emotion development, and uses Shakespeare's plays as stories to engage children in conversation and play. She has experience as a substitute teacher and volunteered for four years at Lurie Children's hospital as child life specialist and educator. Her internship was at Lurie Children's hospital, where she was educational coordinator. She has experience with children who are 3-19 years old. Mariya is fluent in Bulgarian and English, but also she speaks Spanish and Russian. 

 

 

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Ami Puente, COTA

Ami is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant who completed her Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assisting at Baker College of Muskegon in Michigan. Ami has over 10 years of experience working with children in a daycare setting along with providing in home respite care for families with children with disabilities. She completed her clinical fieldwork through Montcalm Area Intermediate School District providing therapy to kids with sensory, cognitive, and physical delays. Ami also has professional experience working as a Developmental Care Specialist for children with autism spectrum disorder. Prior to her move to Chicago, Ami was a traveling Certified Occupational Therapy
Assistant working with the geriatric population.

 

 

 

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Carol Robinson, CCC-SLP/L

Carol earned her MA in Speech Language Pathology from Kent State University. She has spent several years working with children in classroom settings including private and public schools. She comes to us from Chicago Public Schools where she participated in multidisciplinary assessment team activities involving IEP/504 plans to gather data, assess, and interpret results for referred children with suspected disabilities. Her contributions included eligibility determinations, administration of assessments, identification of student needs and impact of communication disorder on educational achievement. She worked cooperatively with family members as well as team members to facilitate data-driven educational plans. Carol is also a Yoga instructor and has lived and worked within a Kripalu Volunteer community where she participated in volunteer curriculum of self-inquiry through service; and she has participated in numerous transformative workshops.

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Sara Shapiro, MA CCC-SLP

 

Sara is a Certified Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist who has experience working with children from birth through age 16 on developing their communication skills. She attended Washington University in St. Louis and obtained a bachelor’s degree in both psychology and linguistics. Sara then went on to earn a master’s degree in speech pathology from The Ohio State University. While attending graduate school, Sara had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings: a private clinic, three different schools, a rehabilitation hospital, an adult developmental disabilities center and a voice clinic. In 2010, Sara returned to school to obtain a certificate in sign-language interpretation. She is currently fluent in American Sign Language and is excited to combine this skill with her knowledge of language development to increase communication skills of young children. Sara has experience working in the school setting with children in preschool through 8th grade, Early Intervention and working in the private clinical setting. Sara works with children with a variety of delays and disorders including: specific learning disabilities, articulation and phonological delays, receptive and expressive language delays, autism spectrum disorder, and hearing impairment. Sara has received the basic level certification in PECS and basic training in a variety of reading programs. She also has experience working with Augmentative Communication Systems in order to promote functional communication for kids with limited verbal means. She is excited to work closely with families and their children to help all children reach their fullest potential.

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Sara Skomsvold, Spanish Interpreter

Sara is a Spanish Interpreter who moved to Chicago from Mexico. She studied Industrial Design at the University of Guadalajara. It was not until she had her daughter that she began working in Early Intervention. Her fluency in both Spanish and English provided the opportunity for her to help the Hispanic community. She has now been interpreting for the last 13 years. She is passionate about helping the kids, families and therapists reach their best possible outcomes.

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Lindsay Stonecipher, MS OTR/L

Lindsay is a licensed and registered Occupational Therapist who received her Masters of Occupational Therapy from Rush University in 2007. She is a credentialed Illinois Early Intervention Provider and Evaluator with interests in motor development, sensory processing, emotional regulation and sensory feeding. She has received training in the Astronaut Vestibular Program, TEAACH Autism Program, Handwriting Without Tears and has a certification in Yoga for the Special Child.

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Caitlin Tepe, MS CCC-SLP/L

Caitlin is a Licensed Speech Language Pathologist who received her Master of Science in Speech, Language, and Learning from Northwestern University in June 2013. She received her Bachelor 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.

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Kate Martinek, MA 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 Weintraub, MSW LCSW

Stefanie is a Licensed Social Worker and Certified Autism Specialist who earned her Bachelor in Psychology and her Master 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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Sarai Ramos

Sarai is the Billing Manager for EB Pediatric Resources. She is bilingual (Spanish and English) and is an Early Intervention credentialed Interpreter. She earned her undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies as well as Teaching English as a Second Language. She also has a Paraprofessional Educator License. She's had 12 years of experience with medical billing and has also had several years experience tutoring young children.

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