Erin Timian, MS, CCC-SLP/L

Director of Speech Department

Erin graduated magna cum laude with a Master of Science in speech language pathology from EIU in 1998. She has been working with children and families for over 20 years in hospital, outpatient and home settings. Working with pediatrics has always been a great joy for her, and she has been working exclusively with the pediatric population since joining the Shine Therapy Services team in March 2013. She was promoted to the Director of Speech in May 2019. Erin works carefully to foster trusting and productive relationships with the families, other therapists and physicians. She is passionate about providing families with the knowledge and resources to improve their child’s skills. Erin has over 10 years credentialed as an EI therapist and is an Early Intervention Evaluator. She has experience with pediatric speech, language and feeding disorders. She has spent many years growing her knowledge base in the area of motor speech disorders and finds working with these disorders challenging, but very rewarding. Erin married her long time sweetheart Ben, in April 2021, and they have a teenage son and a teenage daughter. She loves big dogs and counts her own three as extensions of her family. In her spare time, Erin spends as much time as possible logging miles in the swimming pool or spending time with her family, two legged and four.

An 8-week program for children age 3-5 with sensory processing differences

Children with sensory processing differences have difficulty with regulation, which sometimes makes it difficult for them to interact with the world around them. Our Sensory Explorers group targets regulation in order to build engagement! This group is led by pediatric occupational therapist Mackenzie Baldock and developmental therapist/PLAY Project Consultant Brenna Thompson, both of whom specialize in using developmentally appropriate strategies to support children so they can learn new skills. Group meets once/week for 60 minutes.

Wondering if this class is appropriate for your child? Some characteristics of kids who benefit: easily frustrated with play, repetitive play, difficulty sitting/keeping still to engage in play, refuses to allow others to engage in play, unable to be messy, overly busy, quickly overwhelmed in a busy environment, picky eater, difficulty tolerating grooming/dressing/diapering routines, struggles with transitions/following a group plan/routine. 

Goals of the group include:

  • Child participating in a variety of sensory play activities
  • Engaging socially with others in the group
  • Providing a non threatening environment where children can experience new sensations with the support of a pediatric Occupational Therapist and PLAY Project consultant
  • Providing personalized resources to caregivers, so they better understand the sensory system and learn strategies to assist their child with regulation outside of group
  • Opportunity to meet with other local families

Group begins with a 30 minute Open House on Tuesday October 4 for your child & caregiver/family to attend. This provides an opportunity to meet the therapists, acclimate your child to the space and provide some initial information about your child’s responses to a variety of sensory activities. 30 minute sessions will be offered from 12:30-4:30 on 10/4 with sign up sent with registration.


GROUP MEETS for 6 weeks October 11-November 15: Tuesdays 2:00-3:00 OR Tuesdays 3:30-4:30. ***We ask that families who are able remain flexible on the time slot so we can effectively pair your child with others that they will gain the maximum benefit from for social interactions!** Caregivers are encouraged to stay to support their child and learn helpful strategies, however other options will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Caregiver education is a key component of this program. Make-up date in case of class cancellation: 11/22/22


Group ends with a 15-30 minute Zoom wrap up session with caregiver(s) on November 29th. Every participant will receive a short, personalized Session Summary report complete with suggestions/recommendations for helpful sensory supports in the child’s home/classroom/community.