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What We Do

What is Easterseals? Easterseals provides services to help children and adults with disabilities and/or special needs as well as support to their families. We've been helping families for nearly 100 years. Today, Easterseals assists more than one million individuals and their families annually at more than 550 Easterseals service sites across the country. Each center …

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Easterseals Central Illinois Response to local news story on bullying and Autism

Earlier this month, a teenager with an autism was attacked by peers in her hometown. As we strive to create a world where every child is 100% Included and 100% Empowered, we released the following statement in order to provide support for Makenna and education for our community. ­The vision of Easterseals Central Illinois is …

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Meet Ben! A Better Hearing & Speech Month Spotlight.

May is Better Hearing & Speech Month. Each year, this month provides an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders, and the life-changing therapy services that people can receive. Easterseals Central Illinois pediatric speech therapists use a variety of techniques to teach essential skills needed to be confident and successful communicators. Speech-language treatment plans and …

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Autism Awareness Month: A Day in the life with Gabriel

This year, autism awareness month is hitting at a time when everyone across the globe is dealing with a change in their routines. This disruption in our lives is just a small glimpse into the lives of those living with autism spectrum disorder. Today, we would like to introduce you to Gabriel! He is a …

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Easterseals Central Illinois Supporting Children and Families when they need us most

Easterseals Central Illinois began piloting telehealth services with plans to expand in the coming weeks; the organization will resume offering limited in-person services on April 8 in ways designed to protect the health of those involved and slow the spread of coronavirus. “We continue to comply with the Illinois’ stay-at-home order; but some families urgently …

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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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