-SPEECH THERAPY- MS, CCC - SLP My name is Moreen Woolum and I am a pediatric speech therapist and owner of Chit Chat Therapy! I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Communication Disorders and a graduate degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a Masters Degree in Communication Disorders. I have nearly 20 years of experience working with children and their families. I love having the opportunity to work with children and their families to improve language development and feeding skills in the child’s natural environment. Children learn the best through play so I love to make therapy a fun playful learning environment.
-PHYSICAL THERAPY- PT, DPT My name is Karmen Stewart and I am a physical therapist. I graduated with my Bachelors of Arts degrees from the University of Iowa and went on to get my doctorate of physical therapy from Clake University. I have been a licensed physical therapist since 2012. I have specialized in pediatric physical therapy since 2015. My favorite part of working with the pediatric population is being able to work with the family as a whole, not only with the child but educating the caregivers as well. I am a hands on therapist and work with children one on one to demonstrate skills for caregivers to continue to work on between therapy sessions. Being a physical therapist I focus on gross motor skills including: rolling from back to tummy and tummy to back, tummy time skills like pushing up onto hands and pivoting, pushing up onto hands and knees, hands and knees crawling, sitting up on their own, pulling up to stand at surfaces, cruising along surfaces and walking independently. Along with the gross motor skills I focus on overall strength and balance activities in sitting, tummy time, supported standing or independent standing to be able to progress to the next age appropriate gross motor skills. I prefer to work with families in person but will use teletherapy when needed or necessary for families as well as seeing kids at their daycares if that works best for caregivers.
-SPEECH THERAPY- MS, CCC - SLP Hello! My name is Rachel Olson and I am a Speech-Language Pathologist. I have worked in a variety of settings over the past twelve years. I began my career as a public-school teacher with a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education. I then pursued an additional B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2014 and my Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology in 2016 from Western Illinois University. As an SLP, I have worked across the continuum serving both the pediatric and adult population with special interests in Neurology, child development, Apraxia, and feeding/swallowing. As a therapist and mom of two, I look forward to sharing my knowledge and love for the pediatric population while working with Early Intervention. I believe in fostering a collaborative and positive working relationship with caregivers. My therapy sessions are child-led while creating an environment that is functional and meaningful to the child.
-OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY- COTA/L My name is Christina Murphy and I am a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. I have a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Eastern Kentucky University and an Associate degree in Occupational Therapy from Jefferson Community College in Louisville, KY. I have been in the occupational therapy field since 2009 in a variety of settings and states. My passion lies in pediatrics and the neurodiverse population. I am on the board for Autism Supports of Central Illinois and The KASE Project; two local non-profits working to bring more supports and opportunities for neurodiverse families in Sangamon County. Part of my duties for The KASE project are to organize and run adaptive sports divisions for our FLASH program and to organize and facilitate PALS, a support group for Autism moms. I believe in engaging the family in therapies to carryout techniques at home and to benefit the family unit as a whole. The most important factor to success is to have a positive and trusting therapeutic relationship with the child to be able to introduce techniques and sensory experiences to increase improvement.