Our Pediatric Therapeutic Approach

Blue Bird Day’s mission is to champion children to reach their full potential by providing individualized therapeutic care in a preschool and kindergarten-like setting.

Therapeutic Programs Customized for your Child

Blue Bird Day is an intensive pediatric therapy program designed to foster socialization, sensory regulation, and learning in children with therapeutic rotations that simulate a preschool and kindergarten setting. Relationship-based therapists work to build individual goals for each child and family to ensure future success in all situations. Our therapeutic programs are ideal for children with:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Sensory Processing Disorders
  • Articulation and Phonological Disorders
  • ADHD
  • Down Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Stuttering
  • Feeding Disorders

Our Program is Evidence-Based

Blue Bird Day is an Evidence-Based Practice, which means that research-backed proof, our clinical expertise, and your child’s values and preferences are at the heart of everything we do. We stay current on the most relevant and evidence-based research available and integrate these therapeutic models into each individual child’s goals. Some evidence-based tools we use:

  • Sensory Integration
  • DIR/Floortime
  • Zoo-phonics
  • Handwriting without Tears
  • Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Feeding Therapy
  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

Multi-disciplinary Therapy Rotations ©

Blue Birds follow a structured therapeutic rotation each day in a preschool or kindergarten-like setting that includes Circle Social Time, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Developmental Therapy, Behavioral Therapy, and Feeding Therapy.

This multi-disciplinary approach is designed to encourage the following:

  • Peer Interaction
  • Socialization
  • Development of Learning Skills
  • Sensory Integration
  • Speech Development

Facilities that Foster Results

Blue Bird Day’s pediatric therapeutic facilities were designed with the child’s needs in mind by occupational therapist and child development specialist, Dr. Laura Mraz. Located in West Loop, Northcenter, and Wheaton, our facilities were specially created using the evidence-based approach to promote client participation and engagement. A variety of suspended swings, crash pads, and obstacle course materials are used in the sensorimotor gyms to get bodies moving, while the minimal design removes unnecessary dysregulating distractions.

Blue Bird Day kids are highly motivated to engage in our therapeutic program and enjoy the many options the space offers. Whether it’s climbing to the top of our rock wall or crashing into our ball pit, clients use this space to conquer many obstacles and reach their goals.

Individualized Treatment Plans

Each child at Blue Bird Day will have a team of experienced therapists developing their individual treatment plans. Our staff consist of:

  • Certified Early Childhood Development Therapists
  • Speech Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • ABA Therapists
  • Licensed Clinical Social Workers
  • Feeding Therapists
  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionists
  • Therapeutic Assistants

Each plan is created to encourage peer interaction, socialization, learning skills, sensory integration, and speech development based on the needs of each child.

Highly Qualified and Compassionate Staff

Blue Bird Day’s therapists are among the most highly trained and experienced in Chicago. We believe in a collaborative and multi-disciplinary team approach to therapy. Our compassionate therapists and staff build strong relationships with clients and their families and are dedicated to helping children achieve goals and build confidence in their everyday lives. Our knowledgeable therapists and staff are truly what makes Blue Bird Day extraordinary and what helps us to stand apart from the rest.