Little Steps Pediatric Therapy News

July 2018


Happy 4th of July!!

Little Steps will be participating in the Glenview 4th of July parade with a Dr. Seuss themed float.

Location: begins at the intersection of Harlem Avenue and Glenview Road. The parade runs south on Harlem Avenue, West onto Central Road and ending at Johns Park

Time: 11:20 a.m.

Come say Hi, wave and catch some candy! :)

Parking map:


Week 1 and 2 were a success! We had great weather and energetic, motivated kiddos to learn how to ride. We had multiple kiddos riding by themselves by the end of the week! woohoo!!

Remaining Dates:

July 16-20 - We still have availability! If you are interested please call Steve at 847-707-6744 or email

Does your child walk on their toes?

One of our physical therapists, Julie Hesch, attended a continuing education course on toe-walking. The course was led by Liesa Persaud PT, DPT,PCS, CKTP (

Below is a document that Liesa put together for parents with children who toe walk.

Check it out!

If you are concerned about your child's toe walking and would like to get an evaluation, please call Steve at 847-707-6744 or email

Enhancing Communication Skills in Early Childhood

By: Heidi Hansfield, MS, CCC-SLP

Self-talk and parallel-talk are excellent language tools that can be used to enhance your child’s communication skills. These strategies expose children to a variety of verbs, nouns and adjectives used within the context of their daily routines and play. The narrations can expand as your child’s becomes more verbal. For example, you may start by saying “skip, skip, skip,” then later expand to “You’re skipping on the sidewalk.”

Self-talk: the adult uses words to describes his/her actions without expecting the child to respond


While the child is watching the adult garden, the adult may narrate actions such as “dig, dig, dig” and “pour water”

Parallel-talk: the adult uses words to describe what the child is doing or seeing without expecting a response


When on a walk, the adult may say “skip, skip, skip” as the child is skipping or “we’re holding hands” when the child takes the adult’s hand

Benefits of a Visual Schedule

By: Kristy Getty, OT student on her clinical rotation at Little Steps

Doctor’s Visit

Whether your child has difficulty with transitions, is afraid of the doctor, or just likes to know what to expect, these visual schedules for a doctor’s visit can benefit your child in a lot of ways.

  • Your child is able to better understand what comes next, and when a particular event or activity is going to happen. It increases your child’s feelings of security and helps them understand what is expected, as well as what to expect at the doctor.
  • It allows children to easily mentally prepare for changes in the regular schedule. When it comes time to go to the doctor, you can go through the steps with your child before hand.
  • The kid friendly pictures help children understand what spoken words mean. When you tell a child they are going to get a check up, they can see what is going to happen by looking at the pictures.
  • While you are at the doctor’s office, your child can check off each item as it happens. This helps them see how many more things they have to do before the check up is over and allows them to be more involved in the process.

Download the Doctor and Nurse Visual Schedules here! If needed, inform your doctor and nurse that your child has a visual schedule for the visit, so that they can do their best to complete each step of the visit in the same order listed!

Fun in the Sun Activities

Motor Planning Board Game

By: Kristy Getty, OT student

Create this simple life sized board game to get your kids moving in a fun new way this summer. Each task focuses on motor planning and core strengthening, and can be modified to meet the needs and skill level of any child. Children can work on following directions, taking turns, and body awareness. All you need to play is dice, spots to jump on (ex. construction paper, bean bags, paper plates), and printed out activity cards.


  1. Lay out spots on the ground to make a trail (like a candy land board)
  2. Place an activity card on or under each spot.
  3. Have the kids roll the dice, jump down the trail, and complete the task at that spot.

The following document contains activity cards that can be easily printed and cut out!


By: Kristy Getty, OT student

Playing with stickers is a great way for children to develop a number of important skills.

Using two hands together to peal the sticker off the page develops bilateral coordination skills important for cutting with scissors, using utensils, and putting on a shirt. Additionally, pealing a sticker can help develop fine motor precision by having to use your thumb and index finger to hold the sticker.

Having your child scan a page of stickers for a specific one can also incorporate visual motor skills. You can easily make this into a game by calling out a specific sticker to take off the page and then placing it on a piece of paper or have them sort stickers by color!

Go one step further to incorporate hand eye coordination by making a circle on a page and having your child place the sicker inside the circle. One sticker sheet can turn into endless fun activities!

Let's Swim!!

By: Sarah Lackey, PT student on clinical rotation at Little Steps

I Spy!

By: Heidi Hansfield, MS, CCC-SLP

“I Spy” is a great game that helps develop comprehension and expressive language skills! It encourages children to use verbal description and associate words with visual images. While on a walk, takes turns describing items you see outside!

“I spy something that is tall and green.” A tree!

“I spy something that grows in dirt and needs to be watered.” A flower!

“I spy something that flies and lives in a nest.” A bird!