Occupational Therapy - Step Forward Therapy
Arlington Heights Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy, Group Therapy and Pre-School
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Occupational Therapy

Our Pediatric Occupational Therapy team is made up of highly skilled, caring and compassionate therapists. They are specially trained in the areas of sensory integration, feeding, coordination difficulties, fine motor challenges, handwriting difficulties, attention and regulation, Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) and other auditory interventions as well as other manual therapy approaches. Our OTs are highly skilled in areas of behavior and peer interactions.


Therapists utilize evidence based treatment strategies that fit each individual child and family. Occupational therapy focuses on ones ability to participate in daily life activities, at home, school and in the community. Our occupational therapists use purposeful and motivating activities to work with clients to develop improved motor planning, sensory processing, regulation, organization skills, visual motor, adaptive play skills as well as behavior and social skills. These skills allow the child to participate more fully in the home, classroom and community. We utilize the most current treatment methods and up-to-date strategies to meet the needs of each individual child.

Step Forward Therapy offers initial assessment and ongoing treatment as well as consultation with school personnel.

Step Forward Therapy’s Arlington Height’s Occupational Therapists specialize in:

-Sensory Integration


-Core strengthening, balance and postural control

-Bilateral coordination

-Social skills/social learning


-Therapeutic Listening Programs such as iLs

-Body and Spatial Awareness

-Difficulty Accepting Change

-Difficulty with Behavior

-Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)

-Fine Motor Skill Development

-Vestibular Training

-Visual Motor Development

-Difficulty Calming Down/Falling Asleep

-Upper Extremity Strengthening

Diagnoses we treat include but are not limited to:



-Autism Spectrum Disorder

-Auditory Processing Disorder


-Cerebral Palsy

-Congenital anomalies

-Down Syndrome

-Emotional regulation difficulties

-Hypotonia (low muscle tone)

-Learning disabilities

-Neurological disorders

-Feeding challenges

-Sensory processing disorder/sensory integration dysfunction

-Social skills

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We will provide an evaluation of your child including; sensory processing, fine motor and visual motor integration.


Consultation With School Personnel

At Step Forward Therapy, our therapists have background knowledge and experience in working with IEPs and 504 plans. We can consult with you and your school to make sure your child is getting all the services they need to be successful within the school environment.

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Integrated Listening Systems (iLs)

iLs is a multisensory program designed to exercise the visual, auditory and vestibular systems in order to improve emotional regulation while simultaneously training the brain to process sensory information. This allows the person to successfully engage in social situations as well as demonstrate improved focus.

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Areas our Occupational Therapy can help, but not limited to:

    • A child who has a delay in meeting fine and/or gross motor milestones
    • A child with a diagnosis of cerebral palsy, PDD, Autistic spectrum disorders, dysfunction of sensory integration, Down syndrome, congenital anomalies, or other neurological disorders
    • A child who is having trouble with skills in activities of daily living like feeding and dressing
    • A child with balance and coordination difficulties
    • A child who has difficulty with organization
    • A child who has difficulty with handwriting
    • A child who over-reacts or under-reacts to movement, touch, or sound.
    • A child who is struggling with behavioral social skills
    • A child who is a picky eater
    • A child who demonstrates no hand preference after age 6
    • A child who struggles to regulate his/her activity level