Liz Ryan, MS, CCC-SLP/L

Speech Pathologist

Liz has been providing speech and language therapy services for nearly 30 years, specializing in autism, language processing, learning disabilities, cognitive recall issues, processing issues with organizational difficulties, executive functioning difficulties, augmentative alternatives and phonological disorders. Creating a functional communication system for a child to be successful with family, peers, and friends within the school environment has been the main focus of her therapy. “Every child has the ability to communicate when we increase their weakness and utilize their strengths to give them the tools to be successful,” Ryan says. Liz has provided direct therapy services within the school setting, clinic setting and medical setting. She prides herself in her ability to think outside the box, to pull information from other fields, and to consult with professionals to create learning strategies or set of communication goals that will work for each and every child. Liz is currently working full-time with the Pekin School District. She is excited to join the Shine Therapy staff on a part-time basis, to provide much-needed after-school therapy services! A four-year starter on the softball team at Western Illinois University, Liz earned her Master of Science in speech and language pathology from the school in 1986 and continues to mentor the young SLPs as they complete their degrees. Liz is also certified as a Reading Recovery Specialist and she and her husband of 29 years, Bo, have been blessed with four wonderful daughters and recently a healthy grandson. When she is not working or watching her children participate in sports or the arts, you will find her reading her newest favorite book. Liz is also an early bird at the gym and enjoys staying as healthy as she can.

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.