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Developmental Therapy

Developmental therapy is offered in the child’s natural environment to improve skills in any area of development, particularly play skills, self help skills, interacting with others and improving attention span.

Our Developmental Therapists

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Michelle Lindee, Child Development Specialist

Director of Developmental Therapy Department

Michelle Lindee received a bachelors degree in Art and a bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education, with an endorsement in special education, May 1995, from Bradley University in Peoria.  While attending college, she worked in local daycares and aftercare school programs to learn more about children.  After graduation, she received training from the Peoria County Bright Futures Pre-K program and taught two years of Early Childhood with the Woodford County Bright Beginnings program.  Michelle's classrooms were made up of children with autism, behavior disorders, developmental delays and communication difficulties. Illinois designed Child & Family Connections in 1998 as the new system-point-of-entry for Early Intervention--Michelle was the first Program Manager for our area (Henry, Peoria, Stark, Tazewell and Woodford counties).  She missed working directly with children so began ROCK and WIND Early Learning in 1999, offering a variety of developmental therapy playgroups for children birth to five and support for their families as a credentialed Child Development Specialist.  She joined the Shine Therapy team in June 2012 and currently offers assessments and developmental therapy in homes and community settings in Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties, specializing in positive behavior management.  In 2016, Michelle attended a week long course at the Autism Treatment Center of America: Son RIse Program in Massachusetts.  Michelle is the mother of two fun sons that she very much enjoys spending her time with.  She is also a ZUMBA fitness instructor, runs a ZUMBINI group, facepainter, gypsy folk dancer, henna artist and wall muralist.

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Kaylyn Maynard, BA, Elementary Education

Kaylyn graduated from Eureka College in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, specializing in social science and language arts. While attending college, she worked at a daycare providing care for children 0-5 years of age. After graduating, Kaylyn worked as a Title-1 reading intervention teacher, cheerleading coach and tutor for 3 kids with different challenges. After a year in public school, Kaylyn and her husband relocated to Ohio and she returned to the early childhood/daycare setting. She has always been passionate about working with young children, and her 10 years of experience in daycare has exposed her to the stages of development throughout 0-3 years of age. Kaylyn has worked with children with ASD, behavior disorders and developmental delays. Kaylyn was led to Early Intervention by the opportunity to work one on one with children and work closely with their families. Her passion is building positive relationships with her children and their families so that together they can meet their child’s developmental needs. In her free time, Kaylyn enjoys spending time with her husband and son, singing, family events and anything that involves getting crafty and creative!

Our Interpreter

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Evelyn Denny, BA, Elementary Education & BA, Spanish Certified Bilingual Medical Interpreter/Translator

Evelyn completed studies in Spanish and Elementary Education. She holds certification in Bilingual Medical Interpretation/Translation from the National Center for Interpretation at the University of Arizona. She has worked with culturally and linguistically diverse populations for several years, including through the Early Head Start Program, where she worked with children from birth to five (5) who are dual language learners. Evelyn has worked in Early Intervention for several years and holds Interpretation and Translation certification from the State of Illinois.  She has taught ESL to children and adults.  During the school year Evelyn volunteers her time as a language arts and reading tutor for elementary and middle school children. She is an avid reader and gardener but will drop her book or trowel at the opportunity to travel!

We are currently hiring developmental therapists! Apply below!