10 Things I Learned About Telehealth

By Megan Pedigo, Director of Marketing, Easterseals Central Illinois My name is Megan Pedigo. I am the mom of energetic, 5-year-old twins, and the Director of Marketing for Easterseals Central Illinois.  Since starting at Easterseals a few years ago, I have been able to use my experiences as a parent to put myself in the …

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Get in the ZONE: Helping Children Manage Big Feelings

By Alyssa Huschen, MOT, OTR/L, Easterseals Central Illinois Tired, annoyed, excited, silly, embarrassed, frustrated… These are just a few of the feelings our children experience throughout the day. For some children, they may all be felt in the span of an hour. However, despite being in the midst of this whirlwind of feelings, our expectations …

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5 Ways to Use Blankets for Indoor Sensory Fun

By: Easterseals Central Illinois Occupational Therapy Department Using a blanket during play provides opportunities to address your child’s sensory processing skills, motor planning, and strength. Blanket activities can be used to provide proprioceptive (input to muscles and joints), deep pressure tactile, and vestibular (movement) input. Blanket swing: You’ll need two people for this activity.  Each …

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5 Indoor Gross Motor Activities: No Special Equipment Required!

By Meghan Cotsones, PT, DPT 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 hands/feet for sequencing. Can have siblings or friends race or parents can try along with …

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5 Ways to Use Pillows for Indoor Sensory Fun

By: Easterseals Central Illinois Occupational Therapy Department Using pillows provides proprioceptive and deep pressure to the sensory system. Proprioception provides input to muscles and joints.  Proprioception and deep pressure both calm the sensory system. Pillows squishes: Use pillows to provide squeezes to your child’s body.  Great for deep pressure and calming. You can pretend you …

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Easterseals Ambassadors: Where Are They Now?

In 100 years, Easterseals has had the honor of having some remarkable people pass through our doors. As we prepare for the Easterseals Century Ball we are taking the time to reflect on past Ambassadors. Read on to see what one of our past Ambassadors is up to now! Jessica Rosenbohm Jessica can do remarkable …

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How can we get to 100% Included. 100% Empowered?

We asked our Easterseals families, staff and supporters to answer that question. We received hundreds of stories of amazing kindness, big moments and little gestures. We also received a lot of questions from the community. One of them being: How can we be more inclusive? Inclusion is kindness. Being friendly, generous and considerate of others …

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Sound Effect Checklist

by Kelsey Lutes, MS CCC-SLP Speech-Language Pathologist Sound effects are a fun and effective way to help young children learn to talk by developing vocal imitation skills, transitioning from pre-speech to speech sounds, moving the articulators, developing prosody (the melody of speech) and transitioning from automatic to voluntary sounds. Pair these sounds with actions when …

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Easterseals Central Illinois receives grants for Autism Family Navigation

October 1st, 2019 – The Center for Disease Control currently estimates that 1 in 59 children have been identified with autism spectrum disorder. The diagnosis leaves many families wondering where to turn next. For years, Easterseals Central Illinois has been answering that call. Last month Easterseals Central Illinois received generous grants providing funds for our …

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