Physical therapy offered in the clinic or in the child's home environment to improve gross motor, balance or mobility 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 services 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.
Monica has been working as a pediatric physical therapist since 2008, after receiving her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Bradley University. She has experience working with a variety of aged children in both the hospital and clinic setting while at the Children’s Hospital of Illinois. While in this setting, Monica worked closely as a multi-disciplinary team member with Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists and physicians. Monica has been credentialed as an EI therapist for 9 years. Her areas of interest and expertise include torticollis, neurological impairments, hypotonia, toe walking and children with complex medical histories. Monica enjoys connecting with families and working closely with them to develop fun and creative strategies that they can use with their children at home to help them develop to their full potential. Monica lives with her husband and two children in Chillicothe, IL. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her children, cooking and exercising.