Kathy earned her Masters Degree in Special Education in 1987, and has provided developmental therapy for many years. She has worked with children with cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, autism spectrum disorders and many rare and unusual syndromes. She has collaborated with many professionals in the different therapy fields and has gained a lot of knowledge from them. She feels comfortable addressing some positioning issues facing physically involved children. Kathy is CPR certified. She knows enough sign language to provide a child and their family with the basics needed to begin a sign program. She also feel comfortable dealing with behavioral issues presented by some children. Kathy enjoys working closely with the children and their families. Her philosophy is “The more you expect from a child, the more you are going to get!”
Kelly Gonzalez, DTCS
Kelly is a developmental therapist communication specialist. She is fluent in both English and Spanish. She earned her Bachelor of Health Science in Communication Disorders from Governors State University along with a Certificate of Conductive Education in 2016. She is CPR certified. Since 2009 her experience included working with children with various developmental challenges. She also worked in a daycare setting. The training she received toward her Conductive Education Certificate exposed her to interdisciplinary treatment and gave her the experience necessary to adjust to fit the needs of each child and family on an individual basis. She believes therapy does not stop after each session; it continues at home and she will adapt activities to be done on a continuous basis. Kelly brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to her sessions. She looks forward to making a difference in the overall aspect of your child’s daily activities!
Vanessa Jauregui, DT
Vanessa earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education in 2012 from Governors State University. She is fluent in both English and Spanish, as well as CPR certified. Working with children since 2008 has given Vanessa valuable experience teaching in a school setting as well as early childhood centers. Thanks to her teaching experience Vanessa is able to modify activities for each individual child because she has helped children learn through play-based experiences. Her overall experiences helped Vanessa realize that creating engaging opportunities for children will help foster their overall development. Vanessa’s own children have benefited from the First Steps Program and she understands how important therapy is for a child’s development. Being the parent of a child with special needs, has helped her become more understanding and empathetic. Although she understands how challenging a simple every day routine can be, Vanessa also knows how rewarding it is when a child reaches a milestone. Vanessa brings both professional and personal experience to her therapy sessions. She is very friendly and energetic and is looking forward to working with your child and family!
Staci earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development and Family Studies with Early Childhood Specialization in 2007 from Purdue University Calumet. She is CPR certified. She gained a great deal of experience over the years working with children and their families. Staci is also a parent of a child who benefited from the First Steps program, and as such brings true empathy to her sessions. She believes that a child’s most important teacher is his or her family, and will work with your child and family to develop activities that you can use on a daily basis. She strives to keep up with the latest strategies when working with your child by attending ongoing continuing education. She has attended workshops related to sensory processing, and incorporates sensory-based intervention strategies into her sessions. Staci looks forward to helping your child reach his or her fullest potential. She makes learning fun!
Andrea earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood in 2009 from Purdue University Calumet with a Minor in psychology, and is CPR certified. Since 2001, her experience includes working with children of all abilities at daycare and school. In her spare time, she also volunteers at her church nursery. Andrea will work with you and your child to develop activities that you can use on a daily basis, during your natural routines, thus optimizing carryover of treatment. She attends on-going continuing education to further develop her skills. She incorporates sensory-based intervention strategies into her sessions. Andrea brings a ray of encouraging sunshine along with her bag of therapy tricks to help your child reach his or her fullest potential. She looks forward to meeting you and your family!