Larkin’s Story

One word to describe her: happy. Larkin loves everyone.  She is genuinely interested in people (especially babies) and enjoys getting up close and personal.  She loves to sing, draw, and play pretend.  She has an amazing memory and capacity to learn amazing facts -from music composers to move characters, and fun trivia in between. Her …

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Having Fun with Handwriting at Home

By Alyssa Huschen, OTR/L Daily handwriting practice is necessary for making printing a natural process. The more automatic writing is, the more a child can then focus on WHAT they are writing rather than HOW to write. When participating in e-learning, children may not be practicing handwriting as much as they would be during their …

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Ways to Stay InTouch Distantly with Family and Friends

By: Easterseals Central Illinois Therapists Most of us love the excitement of visiting or getting visits from families and friends.   Right now we are helping to keep everyone healthy by staying at home.  This will not last forever, but while we are stuck at home we can be creative to stay connected with people outside …

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Easterseals Central Illinois continues to serve families across Central Illinois during COVID-19 pandemic

On March 16th Easterseals Central announced that all therapy appointments would be canceled through March 31st, along with the closing of the Easterseals Learning Academy for that same timeframe and any activity at Timber Pointe Outdoor Center being canceled through the end of April. “The health and safety of our clients and staff always comes …

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Strategies for Speech Development on Walks

Created By:Kelsey Lutes, MS CCC-SLP Think about the different senses and label What do you see at the child’s level?Label what you see with simple language.1-2 words: tree, flowers, car, dog. Look doggie! What do you hear?Crunchy leaves, birds (tweet tweet), dog barking(woof woof), cars (beep beep), airplane (ffffff) What can you smell?Smell flower What …

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A Telethon Host for the History Books

The 46th Annual Easterseals Telethon happened earlier this month on March 7 at the Par-A-Dice Hotel. The culmination of Easterseals Central Illinois’ annual campaign, the telethon has always been a place where old friends can reunite, families can celebrate milestones, and members of the Easterseals family can spend an evening celebrating the organization that ties …

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Easterseals Central Illinois Phase 1 Response to COVID-19

Easterseals Central Illinois has always responded dynamically to the needs in our community. During this unprecedented time, we are once again acting swiftly and with compassion to safeguard the wellbeing of Easterseals clients, families, staff, volunteers, donors and the general public. Today Easterseals Central Illinois announced the below actions designed to support mitigation strategies and …

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Easterseals Central Illinois Phase 1 Response to COVID-19

March 16th 2020 Easterseals Central Illinois has always responded dynamically to the needs in our community. During this unprecedented time, we are once again acting swiftly and with compassion to safeguard the wellbeing of Easterseals clients, families, staff, volunteers, donors and the general public. Today Easterseals Central Illinois announced the below actions designed to support …

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Indoor Gross Motor Activities

By Meghan Cotsones, PT , DPT, Physical Therapist Easterseals Central Illinois  5 Indoor Gross Motor Activities: No Special Equipment Required! Animal Walks: Great for core strengthening, hip strengthening, range of motion, motor planning, and whole body coordination! Can add visual targets (sticky notes, pieces of colored tape, construction paper, etc.) to help with position of …

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