Preschool - Step Forward Therapy
Arlington Heights Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy, Group Therapy and Pre-School
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Step Forward preschool groups are for children between the ages of 2-6 years old. We believe that a blended environment helps to bring out the best in all children. Allowing the youngest learners to have older peer models and allowing our older children to feel a sense of success, as they are leaders and models for the younger children in the class. 

Our program is open to children both with and without a medical diagnosis. Groups are small and cater to individual needs and learning styles. Group ratios are no more than 4:1 and a teacher, OT and SLP, runs classes.

Our program focuses on play based learning, which is used to develop:

  • Cognitive skills
  • Social skills
  • Speech & Language skills
  • Fine & Gross motor skills
  • Self-Help Skills
Kids Playing

Children who struggle to navigate their sensory world and engage in meaningful peer and social interactions will benefit from our unique curriculum where personalized attention is provided to all children.

Enrollment is open and ongoing. Step Forward Therapy is a half-day program with options for 1,2, 3 or 4 days a week.

Options for an extended day are available with the addition of our Lunch Bunch Group, as well as, the option to add individual therapy services before or after the school day. Children may enroll in the program in conjunction with another preschool program they attend.

Step Forward Therapy is a tuition-based program. Since occupational and speech therapists are in the classroom, a portion of the program may be billable to insurance to help offset costs for qualifying families. For information on insurance eligibility and billing please contact Meribeth Cassidy, at 224-248-9449 or

Additional Information

Strong Leadership-Step Forward Therapy’s owner and clinical directors train all therapists to ensure quality care and therapy services.

Family Centered Approach-Step Forward Therapy’s clinicians build strong relationships with families to foster each child’s trust and growth in all environments.

Multi-disciplinary Approach -Multiple disciplines allows for collaboration to increase success in all domains.

Talented Therapists- A rigorous hiring process and high hiring standards helps to ensure that families receive the highest/greatest quality of care provided by a warm, friendly and talented team of therapists at Step Forward Therapy.