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



Staff Members


Allison Albers, MA 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. 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. 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

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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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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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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Laura Henehan, MS 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.

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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 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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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 CF-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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Liza Pritchyk, COTA

Liza is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant who earned her Bachelor of Applied Sciences and her Associate in Occupational Therapy Assistant from Pennsylvania College of Technology in August 2014. Liza is a licensed therapist in the State of Illinois, CPR/AED certified, and is an Early Intervention Provider. Her fieldwork experience includes outpatient/inpatient clinics and hospitals, Pre-k through high school settings, and Behavioral Modification Programs. Liza has worked with various diagnoses including cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, ADD/ADHD, autism, global developmental delay, TBI and spina bifida. Prior to working at EBPR, Liza worked in a post-acute rehabilitative facility serving patients with various diagnoses. Liza has been a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association for three years and has held leadership roles as President for Student Occupational Therapy club in college. Liza is regularly involved in continued research and education programs to assure the most up-to-date treatment modalities are utilized.

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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 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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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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Kathleen D. Whitehead, 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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Julia Woodson, LSW

Julia is a Licensed Social Worker who has a background in family and child therapy. Julia earned her Bachelor in Pre-Counseling, and Master in Social Work, with a concentration in Family and Child Services from Asbury University. Julia has experience working with children who have an array of delays and behavior issues, as well as working with their families to create a practical treatment plan to implement not only in therapy, but within the home. Julia has previously worked in private therapy institutions for children, school based groups, after school groups and home based therapeutic services. In addition to clinical work, Julia is currently working as the Service Coordinator for EB Pediatric Resources; this allows for more contact with parents, as well as a chance to hold family sessions when needed. In her free time, Julia enjoys exploring the city, cooking, reading and walking along the lakeshore with her husband and cuddly poodle.

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Stefanie Zwick MSW LSW CAS

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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