programs & services
Pediatric Therapy Programs – The power to do more
Every child is a unique being. As such there is no one word, term or description that adequately defines your child. Likewise, there is no single therapy that can be applied to all children – even
those who share a common diagnosis. The same holds true for pediatric therapy.
At Amy Zier & Associates, what sets us apart is our individualized
pediatric therapy programs and our approach to your child’s treatment.
Every child, and parent-child relationship are unique therefore require
specific support and is nuanced with the just right match for your child and
for you as a parent. Our programs include traditional pediatric therapies such
as individual occupational therapy and group occupational therapy. In addition,
we provide specialized groups, activities and intensives designed to focus on
key areas of development. Each is not only focused on the individual child, but
also on the family as a whole and the other people and activities that impact
the child’s life on a daily basis.
As a result, we’re able to provide the experiences and therapies to promote
progress here at the clinic. But more importantly, we’re able to introduce ways
of integrating these skills, therapies and actions into the routines of daily living
– at home, at school, at play and in the community.
Just as the name implies, individual
pediatric occupational therapy involves an experienced occupational therapist
working one-on-one with a child. Depending on the emotional developmental age
of the child, parents often take an active role in the session. During these
sessions the occupational therapist provides specific environmental, activity
and interactive supports to promote developmental integration in the areas of
emotional, social, sensory, motor and cognitive development. The therapist
works collaboratively with the parents, teachers, babysitters and all people
that take an active role in the child's life.
We are open Monday through Saturday to schedule
Please contact our intake coordinator, Jenny Patino by phone or email: (773) 755-7791 or firstname.lastname@example.org
During group pediatric occupational
therapy, a small group of children work with
two or more occupational therapists. In addition to supporting the goals of
individual therapy, the group process goes beyond supporting the child’s
individual sensory, motor and emotional profile to address moment-to-moment
social interactions between children that occur in the child’s daily life. By
doing so, we are able to promote self-regulation, shared engagement, reciprocity
and emotional thinking – which are integral for the child’s success in the
family, school and larger community.
For placement into groups, please contact Jenny at email@example.com
For a list of current groups, scroll down on this web page or contact our
office at 773-755-7791
Offered in a group setting, these
innovative intensives pair children with therapists to focus on particular
challenges in a comfortable and fun environment. Kids are not only able to
focus on strengthening skills, but their relationships and ability to
engage in a social setting. Intensives are "intense" as they
meet several times a week, giving your child an opportunity to build skills more quickly.
For a list of intensives, scroll down or call our office
Our groups are ongoing
enrollment, with individual screening required prior to group placement.
and Cooperative (ages 4-5):
This group provides support for children who may be reactive or
disorganized with play in a group context. This group supports each child's
individual profile, promoting engagement, interaction, sharing ideas, and problem
solving with peers in a safe, fun environment.
Contact: Katie@amyzier.com and Karen@amyzier.com
This group provides the opportunity to explore and enjoy
age-appropriate motor games & activities with peers. Children work on
initiating and sustaining ideas with peers, conflict resolution and problem
solving in a fun, safe and supportive environment. The group is tailored for
each child's individual profile, supporting their motor planning, regulation
& sensory processing. In addition, a fine motor element is included to build the foundational skills needed for success in handwriting.
Wednesdays (ages 8-10): 5-6:00pm
Contact: Rachel@amyzier.com and Karen@amyzier.com
Fridays (ages 8-10) 4:30pm-5:30pm
Contact: Shannon@amyzier.com, Rachel@amyzier.com, Katie@amyzier.com
This group is for active young
boys who need extra support in navigating social interactions, due to their unique
sensory profile. The purpose of the group is to encourage regulation,
engagement, sharing of ideas, and problem solving. The group is held in a
simple environment free of distractions to encourage social interaction and
regulation. In addition, sensory strategies and individual therapist support is
provided when needed. This group incorporates a snack time for social
engagement and reviewing the session.
Thursdays 3-4:00 (Ages 4-5)
Contact: Shannon@amyzier.com and Katie@amyzier.com
This group is for preschool-aged children who can benefit from support to promote positive social interaction. Therapists provide social-emotional support moment-to-moment with modeling to help group members gain insight about peers, how their actions affect others, and overall so they can best experience joy and meaning through everyday play experiences.
Intensives are scheduled on an
"as-requested" basis. If you're interested in a particular
intensive, but there are no dates/times listed, contact the lead therapist or
the office at 773-755-7791
TBD Based on availability
The ability to
ride a bicycle is an important milestone for children – enhancing
self-confidence, participation in family activities and social relationships
with other children. Because of the multi-layer neurological integration that
occurs when riding a bicycle, children often excel in other developmental areas
once they’ve mastered this skill. Through our four- to seven-day bike riding
intensive, we focus on the integration and smooth functioning of several key
developmental processing areas – visual-spatial processing, motor planning,
motor activation and control. For more information, please contact Kathy
Finding New Foods Intensive
TBD Contact us to request specific times
Do you have a picky
eater at home? Is your child hesitant about the thought of new foods? This
intensive will focus on interacting with new foods in a fun and safe
therapeutic setting. Playing with food is required! Contact Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org for
specific times or for more information.
Fine Motor Intensives
child’s skill level for fine motor tasks with intensives that focus on
improving tactile and proprioceptive awareness, motor planning, dexterity and
strength. Intensives are tailored developmentally for your child. In addition,
core strengthening and movement breaks are included to ensure optimal
regulation and attention. The focus of this particular intensive will be
on the building blocks of writing. If you're interested in more
information, contact Kathy@amyzier.com
Listening® is a sound-based intervention that utilizes modulated CDs to impact
children with a variety of challenges, which may include: sensory processing
and modulation difficulties, learning challenges and speech and language
delays. For more information visit www.vitallinks.net. Our Therapeutic
Listening Program is ongoing. If you're interested in scheduling, please
contact Jenny at Jenny@amyzier.com
Teaching Yoga to children helps support self-control, body awareness,
flexibility and strength. These are the foundations needed for emotional
grounding, attention and positive sense of self which then positively impact
the child’s daily routines, relationships and availability for learning.
Amy completed her level 2 certification with Sonia
Sumar in April 2005 (Yoga for the Special Child®)
Italian Internship Program
Amy Zier & Associates offers the opportunity to live a unique internship experience at their renowned Chicago clinic.
The Intern will participate in full immersion in American Occupational Therapy, in the country where the DIR “Developmental, Individual Differences, Relationship-Based” and the SI “Sensory Integration” models were developed.
The AZ+A clinic is a benchmark, therapy-oriented facility, where the therapy spaces have been designed to support the child through the DIR and SI models.
The intern will participate in treatment sessions with experienced and certified therapists.
Goals & Objectives:
- To learn the DIR model with capacity to evaluate the child’s functional emotional developmental level
- To know how to best promote more integrated emotional developmental functioning
- To understand theory which guides the DIR model of treatment
- To learn theory and practice of the sensory integration model
- To learn how best to promote parent insight into their child’s profile
- To learn how OT works in an innovative pediatric private setting in USA
Method and Supervision:
- Observation of treatment sessions and review of therapists’ assessments and clinic notes
- Regular meetings with clinical supervisors to review videos of the treatment sessions in order to further:
- Analyze the child’s evaluation
- Observe parent/child interaction
- Identify key areas to guide treatment planning
- Discuss and analyze therapeutic activities to support progress
- Supervision will be provided 3 hours per week.
The Internship is open to professional therapists and/or to students in the process of becoming therapists with the following qualifications:
- Have attended a complete Basic Course in DIR Development Individual Relationship provided by Amy Zier or Dirimè Association
- Have a basic level of English language comprehension, in order to observe and analyze the treatment sessions
Note: This experience will increase the competency of the DIR clinician and support further plans to become certified through these enhanced competences. The internship will not contribute to formal certification or continuing education credits.
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Internship cost: € 1000.00 per month
Housing (optional): € 800.00 per month for housing provided by Amy Zier & Associates
Please download application form from below: