As They Grow: How a Pediatric Therapist Can Help Your Child

Pediatric Interactions is an LLC partner.  This post is part of their partnership with Little Lake County. Written by Clinical Director and Speech-Language Pathologist, Sarah Rosten; all thoughts and opinions belong to her.   

As they grow

Parents find themselves asking:

My child is not starting school, but how do I know they are doing what they should be doing?

My child is 9 months, should they be crawling?

My child’s 1, how many words should they be saying?

My child’s 15 months, when it is past “normal” for them to start walking?

Is it ok that my 2 ½ year old still uses both hands to color with?”

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Who has these answers?

Often we turn to our pediatrician as the expert. They are experts in children’s health. Their specialty is to answer questions regarding illnesses, vaccinations, and emergencies.

Ms. Lane from Pediatric Interactions
Ms. Lane from Pediatric Interactions

Pediatric therapists are experts in child development. We are trained in identifying the developmental milestones children should be meeting. We are skilled at looking at:

  • How a child is speaking and understanding
  • How a child moves around their environment
  • Your child’s fine motor for coloring, writing and feeding self
  • Your child’s memory and learning concepts
  • Your child’s independence

We have solutions and resources for families. We offer free screenings, which help families navigate the next step for their child. Parents may contact our office to schedule a short 15-minute appointment.

What happens in therapy?

Often families are worried their child won’t perform in a new setting or with a new person. They also may not know what things we will be looking at. To help get the most accurate information, we send out a questionnaire prior to the appointment for those who know the child best to complete.

The therapist will meet with you and your child to review the information shared and elicit skills from your child in play. The child doesn’t even know they are “working”.

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After this, the therapist will talk with you about where your child skills are and what are the next steps for their development. The screening is different from an evaluation. If we recommend a speech-language evaluation, we dig deeper into your child’s skills to make recommendations for therapy or goals.

You will leave having a better idea of what your child is doing, what you can do to help your child at home and referrals for any other evaluations/professional follow up. Many screening sites are available for children under three years old; however, we screen infants and children up to 8 years old.

Contact Pediatric Interactions at 847-223-7433 or kriciad[at]pediatricinteractions[dot]com to schedule a free screening in Grayslake or McHenry or if you have other questions. Additional screening sites are available throughout Lake County.

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Pediatric Interactions and WeeBits invite families to these upcoming events:

Signing and Singing to encourage Communication and Socialization
Fridays Aug. 14-Sept. 4 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. Foss Park District, 1730 Lewis Avenue, North Chicago
WeeBits for Families will be offering a FREE 4-week Singing and Signing Class just for families residing in North Chicago! If you are interested in attending this class and are a resident of North Chicago, please fill out the registration form to reserve your space!
• Suggested age: 6 months to 3 years old with with a grown up
• Facilitated by a speech-language pathologist and handouts will be provided
For more information contact [email protected] or 224-360-2542

Pediatric Interactions is a Speech and Language Clinic located in Grayslake and McHenry that supports independence and self-esteem using creative therapy approaches. Pediatric Interventions provides FREE developmental screenings, individual and group therapy, classes, workshops and other resources to help children better communicate.

WeeBits is a non-profit organization bringing awareness and guidance to those families with infants/toddlers who fall outside the boundaries of existing child developmental programs. 

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When Loralie isn’t out exploring with her two pint-sized adventurers you’ll often find her in front of her computer plotting to take over the world (or at least Lake County.) She appreciates good friends, good food, expensive shoes and parents who make two lanes in the drop-off/pick-up line at school. Her spirit animal is The Hobbit. She invites you to join her on her quest for unique distractions, diversions and deliciousness in this county we call home. She is the Features Editor and Marketing Director at Little Lake County.

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