October is Physical Therapy Month

Meet Becky!

“I enjoy numerous aspects of my job, but my favorite and most rewarding one while working as a pediatric therapist is getting to know the kids and their families, and helping them work toward a particular goal or functional skill, and then celebrating with them as they achieve them.”

Meet Carolyn!

“I love getting to see the smiles and excitement of each child and their parents when a new milestone is met. Seeing a child participate in things that they were previously unable to do is one of my favorite things about coming to work each day.”

Meet Joanna!

“I love sharing in celebrating when children become successful in the goals we have been working toward. Partnering with parents in the hard work and in the joy is what I love about being a pediatric PT.”

Meet Shannon!

“Sharing in the celebration of a child gaining a new skill or achieving further independence is so very rewarding. I am grateful to be a pediatric PT and am inspired daily by the children and families I am blessed to work with!”

Meet Meghan!

“As a Pediatric PT, it’s very rewarding to watch a child develop over time and meet their individualized goals. I enjoy working closely with children and their families because I’m able to provide them with strategies to help promote their child’s mobility and participation in their daily lives.”

Meet Erica!

“My favorite thing about being a pediatric PT is helping children and families reach their goals and meet milestones, and having a front row seat to watching them grow.”

Meet Gretchen!

“I love being able to play with each and every child and family as a way to help them achieve the goals that are important to them. It’s so rewarding to see children with disabilities go “above and beyond” expectations, to celebrate each and every milestone, and to have the opportunity to develop long term relationships with them and their families.”

Service Spotlight: Autism Family Navigator

Autism Family Navigators help families and caregivers “navigate” the often fragmented and confusing systems of care needed for their children with autism.  These systems include education, health, dental and behavioral care, insurance, and often other basic needs including housing and food.

Autism Family Navigators are experienced experts who:

  • Assist families by supplying or directing families to essential community-based or online resources and information
  • Help families identify their prioritized needs and craft a treatment plan to meet those needs
  • Empower families to become better self-advocates for their children and themselves
  • Work directly with medical providers, schools, public and private insurance providers to uncomplicate the system of care for each child and family.

Easterseals Central Illinois received generous grants providing funds for our Autism Family Navigator services. The three entities providing money for Autism Navigation; $35,000 Ameren, $25,000 PNC and $20,000 Wells Fargo. We would like to thank these businesses for providing us with grants. Easterseals Central Illinois would not be able to provide services to more than 5,300 families each year without contributions like these.

Easterseals Central Illlinois is excited to announce that we are also looking to hire another full-time Autism Family Navigator at our Peoria Service Center. Easterseals has been the indispensable resource for individuals and families faced with disability. We are proud to offer a variety of services that help children with disabilities and their families address life’s challenges and achieve person goals. With two service centers, one recreational campsite, and a non-public, private school, our services in Central Illinois service more than 5,300 families each year. To apply for this position, visit our Easterseals Central Illinois careers page.