Services

At PlayWorks Therapy Inc., we provide high-quality, individualized therapy services to children from birth to twelve years old. Services include speech-language therapy, feeding therapy, occupational therapy, developmental therapy, physical therapy, social work/counseling services, therapeutic social groups, and therapeutic preschool services. We also offer free developmental screenings to families who are exploring what their child’s developmental needs may be. 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 twelve 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, Director of Therapeutic Preschool Programming
Brittany Hill, MS, MSW, LCSW, DT, Director of Social Work Services
Kelly Scafidi, MSW, LCSW, DT
Rachel Weiser, MS, DT
Becky Clark, 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 evaluation and ongoing treatment for children birth to twelve years of age with communication delays and disorders, as well as feeding challenges. Our Speech and Language pathologists hold Master’s degrees in the field of Speech and Language Pathology, ASHA Membership, a State of Illinois professional license, 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 speech, language, and/or feeding goals. Individual therapy sessions are play-based and combine aspects of child-led 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 speech, language, and feeding difficulties, including:

  • Expressive and/or receptive language delays
  • Motor-planning challenges, such as Childhood Apraxia of Speech
  • Articulation/phonological disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Social language deficits
  • Fluency/stuttering disorder
  • Auditory and/or language processing
  • Down syndrome
  • Voice disorders
  • Hearing impairment
  • Cleft palate or other craniofacial anomalies
  • Feeding concerns (sensory or oral motor)

How do I know if my child needs a speech and language evaluation?
Your child may need a speech and language evaluation if:

  • They are difficult to understand
  • They are not yet imitating sounds or words
  • They are not yet saying enough words or combining words independently
  • They are not yet using appropriate sentence structure
  • They have difficulty following directions and/or answering simple questions
  • They have difficulty communicating in social settings
  • They “get stuck” on sounds, words, or phrases
  • They have a limited repertoire of food types and food groups

Our team of Speech Language Pathologists includes:

Autumn Smith, MS, CCC-SLP, Director of Speech and Language Services
Therese Brown, MS, CCC-SLP
Claire Hacker, MS, CCC-SLP
Sarah Lydon, MA, CCC SLP, Social Media Coordinator
Ana Burgoon, MS, CCC-SLP, Assistive Technology Coordinator
Kelsey Martin, MS, CCC-SLP
Jackie Donahue, MS, CCC-SLP
Emma Baime, MS, CF-SLP
Nicole Sherlock, MA, CCC-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 twelve years of age. 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
  • 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
Brittany Hill, MS, MSW, LCSW, DT, Director of Social Work Services
Kelly Scafidi, MSW, LCSW, DT
Amanda Deligiannis, MSW, LSW
Melissa Svec, MSW, LSW

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 evaluations and ongoing treatment for children birth to twelve years of age with sensory and regulatory challenges, motor coordination delays, self-help skill deficits, and executive functioning concerns. Our occupational therapists hold Master’s degrees, AOTA membership, a State of Illinois professional license, and their Early Intervention Credential.

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

Our therapists have experience and knowledge treating children with a variety of delays and disorders. Areas of expertise include:

  • Sensory processing and regulation
  • Fine motor (including handwriting, grasping, and visual motor skills)
  • Executive functioning (including problem solving, sequencing, planning, organizing, working memory, and emotional control)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Social-emotional challenges
  • Self-help skills
  • Motor Planning (Apraxia)
  • Feeding (sensory and oral-motor)
  • Behavioral challenges
  • Prematurity (e.g. low tone, positioning, motor delays)
  • Down syndrome
  • Genetic or neurological disorders

How do I know if my child needs an occupational therapy evaluation?

An occupational therapy may be beneficial if your child:

  • Seeks sensory input (e.g. increased need for physical play, toe-walking, difficulty understanding physical boundaries with peers or adults)
  • Avoids sensory input (e.g. covers ears, avoids clothing textures, distressed when hands or body gets messy)
  • Demonstrates difficulty completing two-handed tasks or difficulty manipulating small toys
  • Has messy handwriting or demonstrates difficulty holding a crayon or pencil
  • Demonstrates a decreased attention span, increased impulsivity, or difficulty sitting still
  • Falls down often or frequently bumps into objects
  • Requires increased time to complete simple tasks
  • Demonstrates difficulty transitioning, inflexible thinking, or decreased frustration tolerance

Our team of Occupational Therapists includes:

Jennifer Brown, MS, OTR/L, Director of Occupational Therapy Services
Natalie Machado, MS, OTR/L, Assistive Technology Coordinator
Robyn Geist, MS, OTR/L, Continuing Education Coordinator
Kristen McManus, MOT, OTR/L, Social Events Coordinator
Caroline Stevens, MS, OTR/L, Therapy Resource Coordinator
Caitlin Chociej, MS, OTR/L
Urooba Khaleelullah, MOT, 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.

Physical Therapy

PlayWorks Therapy offers initial evaluations and ongoing treatment for children birth to twelve years of age with strength and coordination challenges, motor development delays, balance deficits, and related concerns. Our physical therapists hold Doctorate degrees, APTA membership, a State of Illinois professional license, and their Early Intervention Credential.

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

Our therapists have experience and knowledge treating children with a variety of delays and disorders. Areas of expertise include:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Post selective dorsal rhizotomy
  • Down syndrome
  • Torticollis and plagiocephaly
  • Spina bifida
  • Toe walking
  • Genetic disorders
  • Neurological disorders
  • Seizure disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Motor Planning (Apraxia)
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Prematurity
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Orthopedic disabilities/injuries
  • Muscle weakness
  • Hypotonia/Hypertonia
  • Hemiplegia and Quadriplegia
  • Club foot
  • Scoliosis
  • Balance concerns

A physical therapy evaluation may be warranted if your child:

  • Is behind in gross motor milestones (crawling, walking)
  • Prefers to turn his/her head only to one side
  • Is not bearing weight on legs by six months
  • Is not sitting by eight months
  • Frequently walks on tiptoes
  • Demonstrates muscle weakness or imbalances
  • Demonstrates decreased overall coordination with gross motor skills
  • Demonstrates decreased strength in lower extremities
  • Is recovering from an injury or surgical procedure of the lower body

Our team of Physical Therapists includes:

Amy Sauers, PT, DPT, c/NDT, Lead Physical Therapist, Assistive Technology Coordinator

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 physical therapy services or to set up your first appointment, please contact us at (773) 332-9439 or fill out our contact us form.

Feeding Therapy

PlayWorks Therapy Inc. offers therapeutic feeding services for children birth to twelve years of age with sensory and oral-motor challenges to promote successful eaters and productive mealtimes. Feeding therapy is offered by both speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists. We offer feeding therapy in both one-on-one and group settings. Our therapists hold master’s degrees, national memberships (AOTA or ASHA), a State of Illinois professional license, and Early Intervention Credentials.

Through our collaborative process, our therapists work closely with parents and caregivers to develop the most effective therapeutic plan to support your child’s personalized goals. Therapy sessions are play-based and combine aspects of child-directed and adult-directed therapy models.

Our feeding therapy group, Food Explorers!, uses the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding to encourage interaction with and acceptance of new foods. Using play-based feeding methods, this group focuses on food exploration through sensory play to increase your child's food repertoire. Participants will become comfortable with new foods at their own pace, using gentle models to increase interaction with each food.

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

A feeding therapy evaluation may be beneficial if your child:

  • Demonstrates aversions to specific food groups, textures, or temperatures
  • Tolerates less than 15 foods
  • Gags, chokes, or vomits during mealtimes
  • Demonstrates ongoing poor weight gain or weight loss
  • Has a history of nasal or gastric reflux
  • Has a history of a traumatic choking incident
  • Has difficulty transitioning to age-appropriate foods (bottle to purees, purees to solids)
  • Is an infant who cries and/or arches at most meals

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