our programs

In-person sessions

Birch Forest’s therapy programs promote each child’s development through a respectful, playful, joyful, and engaging process using the power of relationships and human connections to promote engagement, communication, positive behaviors and thinking.

virtual sessions

Like in person sessions, virtual sessions are playful and engaging. The child and therapist will connect, play, explore and continue to make progress in the child’s natural environment. Parents can also use virtual sessions to connect with their child’s therapist.

our services

Birch Forest’s expert clinicians are committed to providing services based on clinically validated practices, integrating social work and occupational therapy services as needed.

Child & Family Counseling

Children, like adults, can struggle with processing their emotions and communicating their needs. Child and family counseling focuses on therapeutic interactions and experiences that help children feel comfortable, safe and understood. From this foundation they can learn skills, resolve underlying conflict and process feelings. 

 

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists assess all areas of activity to promote health, growth, and development. They are skilled at observing, identifying, and developing play strategies and healthy habits for children and their families and building toward successful participation in adulthood. Babies, children and adolescents can benefit from occupational therapy.

Collaboration in Therapy

A child’s success and well-being are significantly influenced by the quality of their relationships with parents, siblings, and other caregivers. We value the opportunity to work with parents regularly, and other influences in the child’s life as needed, to maintain the child’s progress. We support and educate parents so they can help their children heal and grow.

treatment specialties

Anxiety

If your child seems unusually anxious, sad, or irritable for an extended period of time and it is getting in the way of their ability to do things they normally do, it is a good idea to seek help.

Depression

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), 3% of all children are diagnosed with depression. It is recommended that children receive prompt treatment because of the potential for serious consequences if left untreated.

Social & emotional Difficulties

Children who exhibit social and emotional difficulties tend to have trouble following directions and participating in learning activities. Compared with healthier peers, they may be more likely to suffer rejection by classmates, have low self-esteem, do poorly in school, and be suspended.

Trauma

Children need opportunities to make sense of bad things that happen. Play therapy provides an opportunity for children to gain mastery over very fearful events in order to process them.

Attachment Challenges

Symptoms of attachment challenges may include hanging on to parents to keep parents from leaving, doing things to keep from having to go to school, or being afraid to sleep in their own room alone.

Sensory Processing

Pediatric occupational therapists have the tools and expertise to help kids manage too much stimulation so they can feel comfortable and secure and function effectively. They also work closely with parents and caregivers to teach processes and routines to encourage the development of a sensory lifestyle at home.

common questions

In the first session you will have the opportunity to meet your therapist and discuss your concerns. Your therapist will explore more deeply your child’s development and stressors or obstacles that your child may be facing. She will also learn more about your child’s personality, likes and dislikes and your family’s priorities. If ongoing support is desired, your therapist will continue to work with you and your child.
Sessions are typically 60 minutes. If parents are unable to participate in sessions, the therapist will spend the last 10 minutes discussing how the session went and providing updates and feedback.

Yes. We are contracted with Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO for both OT and counseling services; United Health Care-Optum and Aetna for counseling services.

Frequency of sessions is customized for each family but most common is 1-2 times per week.

Cost of therapy depends on your insurance and benefits. Contact our office staff for further information.

Submit an inquiry through our contact  page or call us at 773 739 6887.

There are many options within psychotherapy and occupational therapy to treat your child effectively. We will align your concerns and your child’s needs with the clinical best practices best suited to them, and collaborate with you on a treatment plan.

Our primary goal is for you and your child to no longer need therapy services. We will work as hard as we can to reach this goal as quickly as we can. We often see this goal reached quickest when the parent(s) and caregivers can be actively involved in the therapeutic process and weekly sessions.

 

 

 

11S230 S. Jackson St, Suite 103, Burr Ridge, IL 60527

 

  • Encourage sensory rich play by using balls, sand and water toys, slides, swings, finger paints, and magnets. During sensory play, children use their senses to incorporate smell, touch, sound, vision, and movement.
  • Encourage manipulative play, such as using play dough, LEGOs, and board games. Toys such as puzzles, pegboards, beads, and lacing cards help improve the child’s eye-hand coordination and dexterity.
  • Promote imaginative or pretend play with things like dolls and stuffed animals, toy furniture, puppets, and telephones. Pretend play encourages creativity and role playing and provides an opportunity to rehearse social skills.
  • Choose toys that are appropriate to the child’s age and/or maturity level. They do not have to be expensive or complicated to be beneficial. Common objects, such as pots and pans, empty boxes, spools of thread, shoelaces, and wooden spoons are readily accessible and encourage children to use their imagination.
  • Help adapt toys or modify the environment to provide optimal sensory input without overwhelming the child.
  • Support play activities that provide the “just right” challenge for the child, so he or she learns while having fun.
  • Identify ways to build on the child’s strengths and abilities.
  • Incorporate play opportunities that encourage turn taking and problem solving as well as family routines.
  • Observe, identify, and develop play strategies that promote a healthy lifestyle and relationships.
  • Suggest toys that will help the child develop particular skills while having fun.
  • Encourage and incorporate family members to be more involved in the child’s play.
  • Collaborate with educators and caregivers to enhance playtime at home, during recess at school, and during community outings.
  • Help identify play opportunities that will be safe, developmentally appropriate, and fun for the particular child, based on an evaluation and in consideration of the child’s and family’s needs and goals.
  1. Call or email our office to get connected with a therapist.
  2. Meet with your therapist to get to know each other and learn how we can support you.
  3. Collaborate with your therapist on a treatment plan that focuses on your priorities and needs.