At times, children require support with tasks that are challenging for them or might have a medical condition that demands extra guidance with behaviors and activities both at home and school. Remember, a child's primary "job" is to play and interact with their peers and adults! A pediatric OT can be valuable for a child to focus on:
Cara Newman is an occupational therapist certified through the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. She earned her Master's in Occupational Therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2013 and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
As OT Lead at NSPT, Cara provides services to clients as well as clinical mentorship and support to the OT team company wide. Cara’s interest in using her movement knowledge in a therapeutic setting started while supporting a therapeutic dance program based out of the Krannert Center for Performing Arts in Urbana, Illinois. Cara has worked with pediatric populations for her entire career, starting in Early Intervention (0-3) and transitioning to working both in outpatient pediatrics as well as an intensive therapeutic PreK & Kindergarten program prior to starting at NSPT.
Cara has experience working with clients with a variety of diagnoses including Autism, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, CHARGE Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Dyspraxia, Global Developmental Delay, PURA Syndrome, Spina Bifida, and Sensory Processing Differences among others. Cara enjoys using developmental movement concepts to help her clients accomplish their goals. When not working, Cara is likely reading or running.
Each of our individual therapy rooms is equipped to target your child's unique goals through one-on-one sessions with your child's Behavior Therapist.
These private spaces allow your child to focus and make progress on language, communication, academics, cognitive skills, emotional regulation, and more.
Our gyms are some of our clients' most-loved spaces. They feature several kid-favorite activities, including swings, trapeze bars, slides, balls, and many other games.
Our gym spaces target strength, balance, coordination, and sensory processing in an environment of play.
Our sensory rooms support clients in regulation and focus, tailored to your child's individual needs.
A sensory room is a safe environment designed to provide individuals the opportunity to decompress and cope with a variety of sensory experiences. Many of our kids find comfort in our sensory rooms while developing their visual, auditory, and tactile processing skills.
We have several classroom-style spaces to help our clients with group instruction, following directions, imitation skills, and parallel play.
Classrooms provide clients with readiness for their own school journey, in addition to opportunities for socialization and group learning.
Our centers feature a variety of stations for activities that kids love. These include corners for reading, playing, and practicing real-world skills for inside and outside the home.
Our centers are built around learning spaces for clients to offer support with improving and practicing daily living skills.
We support a variety of ages in our centers, and provide curriculum-based programs for individuals aged 12-22 as part of our specialized Teen & Young Adult program.