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Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy

The Northwestern Illinois Association Therapy Department

The Therapy Department provides physical therapy and occupational therapy services. Therapy services aim to enhance each student's educational potential, supporting instruction through referral, evaluation, intervention, and collaboration.

Referral and Evaluation: Students are assessed to determine their physical, sensorimotor, and/or developmental needs.

Intervention and Collaboration: Therapists support education by working with teams to:

  • Create goals to support educational success.
  • Adapt classroom environments and equipment.
  • Design activities to enhance independence with school routines.
  • Provide intervention that will improve function.

Special services offered to support intervention include:

  • Adaptive Seating and Wheelchair Clinics, where specialists and therapists assist families in obtaining specialized equipment.
  • Orthopedic Clinics, staffed with a pediatric orthopedic medical specialist.
  • Paraprofessional training in selected areas including gross and fine motor development, sensory processing, and body mechanics and transfers.

Examples of school-based physical and occupational therapy services:

  • Mobility training
  • Hand Splinting
  • Seating and positioning
  • Sensory intervention
  • Adaptation of school activities
  • Muscle re-education

Contact Information

Jill Tabone, MBA, CCC-SLP
Therapy Department Operations Executive
(630) 402-2005

Jtabone@thenia.org