Kelly Chase-Wegener, OTR/L has been working exclusively as a pediatric therapist for the past 24 years. She has extensive experience providing therapy to children with impairments in fine, visual and gross motor development, sensory processing, social-emotional skills, play skills, and activities of daily living. Kelly has treated children with neuromuscular disorders, autism and other related sensory processing deficits, developmental delay, congenital and acquired traumatic brain injuries, and orthopedic conditions.
Kelly uses a variety of therapy approaches to achieve outcomes. She is certified in Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) and Sensory Integration. Additionally, she has advanced training in assessment and treatment of the infant, sensory processing disorders, Handwriting without Tears, Interactive Metronome, Astronaut training, The Alert Program for self-regulation, and has been mentored by the late Dr. Stanley Greenspan in DIR floor time model.
Kelly graduated from The University of Illinois in Chicago in 1991 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Occupational Therapy. She worked at Dupage Easter Seal from 1991-2001. During her tenure, she helped develop and coordinate a community-based program where she had the opportunity to provide services in: pediatric rehab, developmental follow-up clinic, neonatal intensive care unit, school systems; early childhood thru 5thgrade, out patient hospital rehab and aquatic therapy.
Kelly has been in private practice in Oak Park since 1995, and at Kids Unlimited since 2009. Kelly has joined forces with speech therapist Jodi Walker to provide social skill training for children with social –emotional delays, self-regulation disorders and impaired pragmatic language skills. From 2001- present, Kelly provides therapy services for a local school district.
Kelly actively pursues ongoing advanced education opportunities in sensory processing treatment; social-emotional challenges of children and general researched based intervention techniques.
"I am passionate about helping children achieve their highest potential physically, emotionally and socially. I approach children with their strengths in mind, and work toward achieving desired goals. I strongly believe in the role of family involvement, as well as collaboration with caregivers, teachers and other professionals, as integral to a child's growth and overall success. Being a mother of four, I am well aware of the stresses in the home. It is important to me to help parents find solutions to some of the more challenging issues that they deal with on a day-to-day basis. I believe that every child has the potential to be happy; feel included, and can gain skills across all environments."
Kelly is a network provider for BCBS PPO, and is able to work as an out of network provider for other insurance carriers. Insurance is submitted as a courtesy and all fees are the responsibility of the family. Pre certification, if required by the insurance carrier, is the responsibility of the family.