Shine Therapy Services

Shine Therapy Services was officially founded in 2011,  with the goal of providing more children with therapy services provided by experienced professionals.  At Shine, we recognize that every family is unique, and honor each child's individual personality while partnering with parents to promote skill development.  There are currently 9 speech-language pathologists, one occupational therapist and two developmental therapists in the practice, with a combined 125+ years of experience treating children. Children in Peoria and surrounding areas are assessed and treated primarily in their home environments, in order for them to be most comfortable and show the most progress.  At this time, Shine therapists provide therapy in homes, daycares and other community locations (such as libraries or other public buildings).  All therapists are credentialed with the Early Intervention Program in Illinois.

"Michelle's developmental play group was a huge tool in my son's therapy for childhood apraxia of speech. The group provided him with peer role models in a fun, play-based setting. Just as important as seeing the other children interact, it also served as a safe place to try out his new speech skills with other children. My son thrived in Michelle's group because she creates an environment... more...

--CS, mother of a child in Early Intervention

We are so grateful for Heather from Shine Therapy. As a result of her speech sessions with our son, she identified that his hearing was causing the speech issues. We took our son to an ear doctor and her suspicions were verified. Without Heather’s advice, we would have not known until much later. After his surgery, he is hearing much better and his speech is quickly improving. Our daycare,... more...

A family in the Dunlap area

Services

Speech/Language Evaluations

an assessment of a child’s receptive language (understanding of language), expressive language (the way a child expresses himself with both gestures and words), speech sound skills and oral motor abilities. 

Developmental Therapy Evaluations

an assessment of the five primary domains of a child’s development: personal-social, adaptive (self help), motor (gross and fine motor), language (receptive and expressive) and cognition (problem solving).

Team Evaluations

where evaluations are conducted simultaneously to provide a complete picture of the child. Currently Shine therapists team together to provide speech, feeding, occupational and developmental therapy co-evaluations on a regular basis.  Physical therapy/developmental therapy co-evaluations are scheduled in cooperation with other local providers. In the past, Shine has had the opportunity to be involved in team evaluations with other area therapists to provide a multidisciplinary assessment with other area speech therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists and counselors.  We enjoy these interactions and welcome any opportunity to do so in the future.

Individual Speech Therapy

a service offered in clinic/in the child’s home environment to improve speech/language skills after a delay has been identified.  Frequency of services are determined at the IFSP team meeting if the child is involved in Early Intervention, or following a formal assessment.  Typical frequencies of service range from monthly, twice monthly, weekly or twice weekly.  Sessions generally last 45 minutes to one hour depending upon the child’s needs and tolerance of therapy.

Developmental Therapy

a service offered in the child’s natural environment to improve skills in any area of development, particularly play skills, self help skills and improving attention span.  

Peer Pairing

Individual developmental therapy offered with another child present to practice  beginning socialization, including sharing, patience, cooperation, tolerance, listening skills, problem solving, compromise,pretend play and conflict resolution. This opportunity is offered in homes and community settings (one example being playgrounds).

Community Kiddos

Routine-based individual developmental therapy offered at playgrounds, restaurants, grocery stores, etc to improve behavior, practice self help skills, decreased separation anxiety and/or increase tolerance for sensory input and change in routine.

Group Speech Therapy

Shine Therapy Services offers group speech therapy through a partnership with Communication Junction.  The Sign and Play Classes are currently offered as an option for families involved in the Early Intervention Program.  These groups target improvement of communication skills as well as increasing attention span, following directions, socializing with peers, transitioning between activities, imitation and building vocabulary. Please see www.communicationjunction.net for details on current class offerings.

Feeding Therapy

A service provided in the clinic or in home following a formal feeding evaluation.  Feeding therapy treats children who are struggling to have successful mealtimes for a variety of reasons.  Therapists look at the whole child when addressing feeding, which includes ensuring proprer positioning in addition to addressing oral sensory and oral motor skills.  Our therapists are experienced with a range of ages and feeding concerns including infant feeding, transitioning children to solid foods and addressing picky/problem eating.  Our feeding team specialists work when necessary with other providers in the area, including pediatric gastroenterologists, dieticians, and a wide range of medical specialists following the evaluation to help families and their children who are struggling to have successful mealtimes.

Feeding Evaluations

Your child may have been referred for an oral motor/feeding evaluation secondary to concerns that your child is refusing to eat or has difficulty chewing or swallowing. Frequent concerns that warrant a feeding evaluation are as follows:  

  • Limited or poor oral intake 
  • Slow or inadequate weight gain 
  • Difficulty chewing certain textures
  • Coughing, choking or gagging with liquids or solids
  • Oral motor or chewing difficulty 
  • Oral sensitivity and difficulty with textures
  • Difficulty transitioning to table foods
  • Frequent refusal to eat or drink
  • “Picky” eaters or food refusals 
  • Fear or anxiety related to eating 

 During the feeding evaluation, Shine feeding specialists will take a thorough medical and feeding history. Your child will further be observed with a feeding in order to fully assess your child’s oral musculature and feeding skills during a meal.  Our experienced feeding team looks at the whole child during the evaluation in order to fully address the feeding concerns. Following the feeding evaluation, feeding therapy may be recommended.  Shine therapists are experienced with a range of ages and feeding concerns including infant feedings, transitioning children to an age appropriate diet level, as well as addressing picky feeding.  Our feeding team specialists work when necessary with other providers in the area, including pediatric gastroenterologists, dieticians, and a wide range of medical specialists following the evaluation to help families and their children who are struggling to have successful mealtimes.

Occupational Therapy

a service offered in clinic/in the child’s home environment to improve motor, cognitive, sensory processing or play skills after a delay has been identified.  The goal is to enhance development, minimize the potential for developmental delay, and help families to meet the special needs of their children.  Frequency of services are determined at the IFSP team meeting if the child is involved in Early Intervention, or following a formal assessment.  Typical frequencies of service range from monthly, twice monthly or weekly.  Sessions generally last 45 minutes to one hour depending upon the child’s needs and tolerance of therapy.

Occupational Therapy Evaluations

An occupational therapy (OT) evaluation is recommended when there are concerns regarding an individual's motor and functional abilities. The OT evaluation focuses on the assessment of motor abilities and how these impact daily functioning and overall development in the following areas:

  • Upper extremity growth and coordination. 
  • Fine motor tasks including hand function and visual-motor coordination. 
  • Visual-perceptual skills needed to successfully play with toys and puzzles, as well as to read and write. 
  • Self-care abilities. 
  • Sensory processing which influence an individual's motor and behavioral responses to specific social and environmental stimuli
  • Gross motor play and exercise

  Occupational therapy may be recommended to promote optimal motor skill acquisition. Treatment may address motor and sensory-motor development, eye-hand coordination, appropriate interaction with toys, training in handwriting, visual-perceptual skills required for playing and reading, self-care abilities, and sensory processing.

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