What do you love most about working for PlayWorks Therapy?
I love the community PlayWorks provides. Every day I have the opportunity to learn new skills and tricks from my fellow coworkers and the families I work with.
What is your favorite children’s book?
I’m a big fan of anything by Mo Willems! I love his humor and the messages his stories provide.
What do you enjoy most about living in Chicago?
I love that there is always something to do in Chicago! Exploring new restaurants, going to a museum, I love being a tourist in my own city!
Would you rather a mountain or beach vacation?
This is tough for me! Both? My most recent favorite vacation was Grand Lake, CO featuring both a beach and mountains.
Share a proud “therapy moment” with one of your clients?
I was seeing a child with a gross motor delay. He was still learning how to walk. Through a motivating play scheme, I was able to see him take his first steps! It was a great moment!
What’s your hometown?
What do you specialize in?
I specialize in social emotional development. I love helping families increase their child’s frustration tolerance and attention span to adult directed (structured) activities. I incorporate my knowledge from my previous teaching career to set my clients up for success for when they exit Early Intervention.
What do you do in your free time?
I love to do anything outdoors- especially when the weather is nice!
What is your favorite therapy toy?
I love Mr. Potato head! Mr. Potato encourage growth of symbolic play, concept knowledge, and turn taking!
What is your favorite Telehealth activity?
I love doing scavenger hunts! I will hold up colors or shapes and ask a child to find something in their home that is the specific color or shape I am holding up! It’s a great way to get the kids moving and work on following directions!
Share a fun fact about yourself:
I was an extra in the Muppets movie!
Rachel Weiser, MS, DT