Pediatric Interactions is an LLC partner. This post is part of their partnership with Little Lake County. Written by Lindsey Fry, MA, CCC-SLP/L and co-founder of WeeBits and Sarah Rosten, Clinical Director and Speech-Language Pathologist. All thoughts and opinions belong to the authors.
Pediatric Interactions and WeeBits… What’s the difference?!?
What is Pediatric Interactions?
Pediatric Interactions is a private clinic that provides speech language and developmental therapy service for children with delays. They provide Early Intervention services for families with children who are between birth and 3 years old at families’ homes. They also see children of all ages in their Grayslake and McHenry clinics. Pediatric Interactions’ therapists strive to develop children’s communication skills in a supportive environment while using a combination of techniques and programs. Their comprehensive approach empowers families to connect and interact with their child in new and meaningful ways. Pediatric Interactions offers a variety of services, including; FREE developmental screenings, evaluations and treatment of articulation, fluency, language, cognitive, feeding, pragmatic, etc. delays, groups.
For more information, check out http://pediatricinteractions.com/ or call (847)223-7433.
What is WeeBits?
WeeBits is a non-profit organization in Lake County, IL that offers FREE or low-cost enrichment classes and workshops for families with infants and toddlers. They work with families who want to improve their child’s success in the future, children who are “at-risk,” but may not qualify for other programs or services and expecting parents.
WeeBits offers enrichment classes for caregivers to attend with their child, education workshops for parents and caregivers, participate in local events and hold fundraising events to support the programs offered. WeeBits is run entirely by volunteers. “At-risk” children may include children that are premature/low birth weight, multiples, bilingual, adoptive/foster families, labor complications or C-section delivery, limited or no prenatal care, diverse background, low socioeconomic status, family history of developmental delays, ear infections, teen parents, single parents, etc. WeeBits’ goal is to empower and educate families, provide a bridge between knowledge and confidence, enhance overall child wellness and development and reduce the number of toddlers and children that might have otherwise required therapeutic intervention or did not qualify for another program.
For more information check out http://www.weebitsforfamilies.org/
How do Pediatric Interactions and WeeBits work together?
Pediatric Interactions and WeeBits partner together to increase awareness of the services and programs that are available to local families. By working together they are able to reach more families and provide appropriate referrals and resources based upon the family and child’s specific needs. While Pediatric Interactions serves children with identified delays and disabilities, many of these families can also benefit from classes and workshops offered by WeeBits.
Pediatric Interactions and WeeBits invite families to these upcoming events:
Downs Syndrome Developmental Council Monthly Playgroup
Meets the Third Tuesday evening of the month at Pediatric Interactions.
Led by developmental therapists all family members are invited for an interactive group play therapy session. This is a FREE event and Spanish interpreters are available. RSVP to Kathy Murray 847-630-4991.
Show Me Playgroup
Meets the 1st & 3rd Friday of the month from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. at Pediatric Interactions.
Show Me is a drop in playgroup for children aged 1-5 years of age. The playgroup is led by developmental therapists and they will teach you what your child should be doing at their age and what you can do at home to help them improve more. The cost is $5 per Family (Cash or Check Only). It is FREE for returning families that bring a friend. Registration is not required, but you can fill out consent form on website to save time if you like. If you have any questions please email Sarah Rosten at[email protected] or call 847-223-7433.
Meets Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at Pediatric Interactions
The Monkey Group is designed to be a preschool alternative providing social interactions to young children and a supportive environment for a child s first time away from parents. It is designed for children 2-3 years of age and without a parent. The program is led by developmental therapists and speech pathologists. Registration is required. Contact Jill White at [email protected] or Kricia Doescher, office manager 847-223-7433 with any questions you may have.
Tuesdays 10:45 a.m. -11:15 a.m.
Waukegan Public Library, 128 North County Street Waukegan
A class for caregivers to learn how to encourage your child to communicate with you more. Activities will be an extension of the Two-year-old Storytime. Using the weekly theme, the instructor will provide caregivers with hands on examples of how gestures and signs can be a bridge for communication as children are learning how to talk and use sentences. You will learn strategies to encourage your child to request (more, help, and other actions words), which can be carried over at home.
These drop-in classes are FREE. A Spanish interpreter will be present and most materials will be translated. Suggested ages: 2 years old
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.