Molly R, MS, DT

Department Head of Developmental Therapy, Therapy Case Management Specialist
Blue Bird Day Employee Since 2017

Credentials and Certifications

  • Developmental Therapist Credential 
  • Credentialed Early Intervention Specialist
  • Nonviolent Crisis Prevention Intervention Certified
  • CPR/AED/First Aid Certified
  • DCFS Mandated Reporter Certification

Clinical Expertise

  • Specialization in infancy & early child development for birth-3 years
  • Developmental Therapy
  • Facilitating Attuned Interactions Approach (FAN)
  • Floortime/DIR model

My Story

I have worked with young children, families, and educators for over 10 years. Throughout my volunteer and work opportunities, I quickly learned the importance of positive early childhood experiences on later development and the impact relationships have on children throughout their years. I studied child development to gain scientific knowledge and theory in order to provide equitable opportunities for children and families to realize their full potential. Nothing matters more than a child’s early years and I am passionate about continuing to learn how children develop, thrive, and learn in the context of their family, culture, and community.  

My Education

Masters of Science in Child Development,
Erikson Institute

Bachelors in Psychology,
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

My Blue Bird Day

What I enjoy most about Blue Bird Day is the collaboration and support that surrounds me every day within our multi-disciplinary staff. I also love watching each child grow from the day they step foot in Blue Bird’s door until their final graduation; These years are the foundation for their future and I am so lucky to be a part of these families’ journeys and help support them through their growth and transformation during their time with us.  

My Professional Goals

  1. To continue expanding my professional self through learning from others, challenging myself, and honing my skills in child development and Developmental Therapy. 

Blue Bird Day

Blue Bird Day fosters socialization, sensory regulation, and pre-academic learning in children ages 2–7 years in therapeutic rotations that simulate  preschool and kindergarten settings. Our compassionate therapists practice a relationship-based and family-centered approach, provide parent training, and collaborate on goals and individualized intensive treatment plans for your child.

We believe in a collaborative and multi-disciplinary team approach to therapy.  A team of occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, dietitians, developmental therapists, behavioral therapists, physical therapists, and therapeutic assistants are created for each child to ensure child and family are fully supported and the best possible results are achieved.  

Options for individualized, group and virtual therapy sessions are available as well. 

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