Family Training and Resources

We provide family services such as developmental evaluations, family counseling and infant massage instruction (individual or group).

Our therapists are trained in various therapeutic and educational models including DIR/Floor time, ABA (and other forms of pivotal response and discrete trial intervention), PECs, augmentative communication, sensory integration, interactive metronome, and theraputic listening. We encourage continuing education and provide opportunities to access new research and learn new intervention methods.

Please contact us at 312-458-9865 for more information or to set up initial consultation

Evaluations / Assessments

Global Developmental Evaluation

A comprehensive global evaluation assessing cognitive, language, motor, social-emotional development using a universally accepted and recognized curriculum-based tool (Hawaii Early Learning Profile) is conducted by a credentialed Developmental Therapist and includes detailed report and recommendations.

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Child Needs Assessment

 

The Child Needs Assessment is a consultation with a Developmental Therapist to discuss your concerns, assess your child's play preferences, identify areas of strengths/needs, and provide specific recommendations to meet your goals.

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Consultations

 

Find help with your specific concerns, such as feeding, sleep, or behavioral issues. Our licensed clinical professional counselors and therapists are experienced in child and family counseling and in providing effective strategies for you to use in the home.

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Family Counseling

Counseling and family therapy is provided by a trained and licensed counselor. Our counselors are clinically trained — licensed clinical social workers (LCSW) or licensed clinical professional counselors (LCPC) or board-certified behavior analysts (BCBA) — and come from several different training fields such as Family Counseling, Social Work, Art Therapy, or Movement Therapy.

  • Therapists and counselors can help families with the unique challenges facing parents who are raising a special needs child.
  • Social workers can help your family find local resources or assist you in placing your child in an appropriate school.
  • Professional counselors and family counselors can help families with communication problems or challenges that impact family relationships such as divorce or when a family member suffers from a mental or physical illness.
  • Art Therapists/Counselors can help you and your child find helpful and healthy ways to interact in the home to encourage emotional bonding and communication.
  • Counselors and Behavior Therapists can assist parents in how to address challenging or disruptive behaviors in the home or school.
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Infant Massage Instruction

We offer at-home classes!
Gift Certificates Available - call 312-458-9865 to inquire.

Infant massage class teaches parents the benefits and techniques of infant massage. Instruction booklet "Nurturing Touch" with illustrated techniques of the class is provided free of charge. Sessions taught by IAIM (International Association of Infant Massage) certified Infant Massage Instructor. Sessions can be given in the comfort and privacy of your own home or at the Learning Through Play™ Center located in the Lakeview area of Chicago.

Infant massage as taught by IAIM focuses on the benefits of "nurturing touch." We teach massage strokes for a child's face, hands, legs, chest, abdomen, and back but we also emphasize the bonding and attachment between a child and parent and help parents read their child's subtle communication cues. The benefits of daily massage are amazing! Massage stimulates a baby's growth and development. The physiological benefits include increasing body awareness, increasing an infant's ability to integrate sensory input, and assisting to regulate heart and lung functions. Massage can help offer relief to a child's discomfort of gas, colic, and congestion. It is a beautiful and tender way to facilitate sensorimotor development as well as attachment and communication skills. (Massage is especially helpful for premature babies or babies with special needs.)

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See also Playgroups + Classes, Intro to Preschool and Dyads.