Services

Services

PlayWorks Therapy offers four main types of services: Developmental Therapy, Speech Therapy, Social Work/ Counseling and Occupational Therapy. Read on to learn more about each. We believe each child is unique; therefore, all therapy sessions are tailored towards a child’s individual needs. If something below does not fit your situation, please contact us at (773) 332-9439 or fill out our contact us form. If we find our offerings are not the best fit, we will help you locate the appropriate provider to meet your child’s needs.

Developmental Therapy

PlayWorks Therapy offers initial evaluations and ongoing treatment for children birth to ten years of age with cognitive delays and behavioral or social-emotional concerns. Our clinicians hold Master’s degrees in the fields of Child Development, Early Childhood Education, or Social Work and their Early Intervention credential.

Through our collaborative therapy process, our therapists work closely with parents and caregivers to develop the most effective therapeutic plan to support your child’s personalized cognitive, social-emotional, and behavioral goals. Individual therapy sessions are play-based and combine aspects of child-directed and adult-directed therapy models. Therapy sessions occur in our clinic, at preschool or elementary school, at daycare, or in your home.

Our therapists have experience and knowledge treating a variety of delays and disorders including children experiencing:

  • Play skill deficits
  • Preschool readiness challenges
  • Cognitive delays
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Down syndrome
  • Genetic or neurological disorders
  • Sensory processing challenges
  • Delays of prematurity
  • Social skill deficits
  • Behavioral challenges
  • Learning differences

How do I know if my child needs a developmental therapy evaluation?

Your child may need a developmental therapy evaluation if:

  • They have a decreased attention to tasks, books, puzzles, and/or other age-appropriate play materials
  • They have a decreased attention or decreased interest in adults and peers in their environment
  • They are not yet imitating gestures or play ideas
  • They have difficulty following directions or tolerating adult-direction
  • They have difficulty accepting another’s play idea
  • They have difficulty transitioning between activities throughout the day
  • They have difficulty following along with group routines
  • They have a decreased frustration tolerance, give up on activities easily, and/or are not yet attempting to problem solve independently or using an adult as a resource
  • They have several tantrums per day and/or the tantrums last for several minutes

Our team of Developmental Therapists includes:

Amy Wechsler, MSW, LCSW, DT, Founder and Clinical Director
Kimberly Shlaes, MAT, DT, Director of Developmental Therapy Services
Brittany Hill, MS, MSW, LSW, DT
Kelly Scafidi, MSW, LCSW, DT
Rachel Weiser, MS, DT

Click on the therapist’s name above to learn more about their professional background, experience, and personal info.

If you are interested in learning more about our developmental therapy services or to set up your first appointment, please contact us at (773) 332-9439 or fill out our contact us form.

Speech Therapy

PlayWorks Therapy offers initial assessment and ongoing treatment for communication and feeding disorders in children from birth to ten-years-old.

Speech therapy focuses on several areas of development including expressive and receptive language. Our therapists can identify and improve your child’s abilities in expressive and receptive language, functional communication skills, and feeding/swallowing issues.

Our therapists work closely with parents and caregivers to determine the most effective methods to assist the child’s communication. An individualized treatment program is crafted to provide your child personalized speech therapy sessions.

Therapy sessions occur at home and/or in the daycare, preschool classroom, or at our clinic and may include the following treatments: turn-taking through routines, language comprehension strategies, training in alternative communication, literacy activities, physical exercises, encouraging verbalization through play, and articulation practice/drills.

Our therapists work together with a child and their family to address the following areas of concern:

  • Children needing alternative communication
  • Cleft palate or other craniofacial anomaly
  • Expressive and/or receptive language delays
  • Fluency/stuttering disorders
  • Motor-planning challenges, such as apraxia or dysarthria
  • Phonological/articulation disorders
  • Rehabilitative services after injury resulting in communicative or cognitive deficits
  • Swallowing or feeding concerns
  • Voice disorders

Visit the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) to learn the typical speech and language development milestones for children birth to five-years-old.

Our team of Speech Language Pathologists includes:

Autumn Smith, MS, CCC-SLP, Director of Speech and Language Services
Julie Euyoque, MS, CCC-SLP
Therese Schmidt, MS, CCC-SLP
Kelly Fridholm, MS, CCC-SLP
Claire Kakenmaster, MS, CCC-SLP
Jessie Delos Reyes, MA, CCC-SLP
Sarah Lydon, MA, CCC SLP
Meryl Schnapp, MS, CCC-SLP
Katie Dabkowski, MS, CF-SLP
Ana Thrall, MS, CF-SLP

Click on the therapist’s name above to learn more about their professional background, experience, and personal info.

If you are interested in learning more about our speech therapy services or to set up your first appointment, please contact us at (773) 332-9439 or fill out our contact us form.

Counseling, Social Work, & Behavioral Therapy

PlayWorks Therapy offers assessment and ongoing social work/counseling services for children from birth to ten-years-old. Each child and family is effectively and sensitively supported through individually tailored services to serve their developmental goals.

Our therapists work together with a child and their family to address the following areas of concern:

  • Challenging behaviors
  • Coping skills
  • Developmental milestone mastery
  • Difficult diagnoses
  • Feeding difficulties
  • Parent-child relationships
  • Preschool readiness
  • Regulation difficulties/sensory processing
  • Sibling interactions
  • Social skill-building
  • School challenges
  • Sleep disturbances

Interventions occur at home and/or in the daycare, preschool classroom, or at our clinic and may include:

  • Behavior therapy/behavior support strategies
  • Education on child development
  • Family advocacy and coordination of resources/services
  • Parenting Support/family training (e.g. developmentally appropriate daily activities, sleep patterns, feeding, play education)
  • Play therapy
  • Social skill-building

Our team of Social Workers includes:

Amy Wechsler, MSW, LCSW, DT, Founder and Director
Laura Mauriello, MS, MSW, LCSW, DT
Brittany Hill, MS, MSW, LSW, DT
Kelly Scafidi, MSW, LCSW, DT

Click on the therapist’s name above to learn more about their professional background, experience, and personal info.

If you are interested in learning more about our social work/counseling services or to set up your first appointment, please contact us at (773) 332-9439 or fill out our contact us form.

Occupational Therapy

PlayWorks Therapy offers initial assessment and ongoing treatment for children from birth to ten-years-old with developmental delays, sensory and regulatory challenges, attention deficits, and atypical social skills. Occupational therapy focuses on the ability to participate in daily life activities at home, school, and in the community. Our therapists work with each child and family to integrate strategies into daily routines. With individualized treatment plans, our therapists work to engage each child using a multisensory and developmental approach.

One-on-one therapy sessions occur at home and/or in the daycare, classroom, or at our Playworks Playroom.

Our therapists work together with a child and their family to address the following areas of concern:

  • Grasping
  • Handwriting
  • Regulation
  • Self-Help Skills
  • Sensory Processing
  • Social and Peer Interactions
  • Visual Motor Skills (Hand-Eye Coordination)

Our team of Occupational Therapists includes:

Jennifer Brown, MS, OTR/L, Director of Occupational Therapy Services
Natalie Machado, MS, OTR/L

Click on the therapist’s name above to learn more about their professional background, experience, and personal info.

If you are interested in learning more about our social work/counseling services or to set up your first appointment, please contact us at (773) 332-9439 or fill out our contact us form.