Pediatric Therapy Services

Marcfirst Pediatric Therapy

Marcfirst Pediatric Therapy provides a wide variety of therapy services to meet the needs of you and your child. Services are based on your child's individual needs and are provided in a fun learning rich environment that enables your child to reach their full potential. Services are provided in individual and group sessions based on your child's needs. Our pediatric therapists receive extensive training in pediatrics and specialize in working with children birth to age fourteen.

All Marcfirst Pediatric therapists maintain State of Illinois Licensing and credentialing to enable them to provide the high quality of therapeutic care that Central Illinois has come to expect from our Pediatric Therapy program.

Pediatric Therapy - Picture of Mother and Child

Pediatric Therapy Services include:

  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

    Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an evidence-based approach known for success in helping those with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities reach their full potential. Research has shown that ABA can help individuals with a variety of skills such as communication skills, play skills, social skills, self-help skills, daily living skills as well as address any challenging behaviors that they may demonstrate. Each child’s ABA intervention is assessed by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and is customized in collaboration with the child’s support team such as parents, siblings, extended family, teachers, OTs, PTs, DTs etc. so that the child is successful across all areas of life. ABA focuses on the motivation and why behaviors are occurring and uses strategies to decrease unwanted behaviors and increase socially significant behaviors.

  • Physical Therapy

    Physical Therapy (PT) works to enhance and restore mobility, functional competency and independence for individuals with neurological, developmental or orthopedic delays and/or disabilities. Our licensed Physical Therapists utilize individualized therapy plans implementing exercise, specialized techniques/devices to encourage independence at home, school and in the community.
    Our therapists, through ongoing evaluation and treatment, focus on improving your child’s muscle tone/strength, movement skills and balance capabilities to support the acquisition of all postural and gross motor skills such as sitting, crawling, walking, running and jumping. Physical Therapy services include evaluation and individual therapy across a variety of environments. Therapists work to support orthotics and equipment needs.

  • Speech-Language Therapy

    Speech-Language Therapy strengthens children’s communication so they can participate fully in daily activities and achieve success. Speech-Language Therapy addresses language comprehension, pragmatics, speech-sound production, voice, fluency, as well as oral motor development.

  • Counseling Services

    Our social-emotional therapists provide clinical assessment and support for young children struggling with social, emotional and/or behavioral challenges. They also provide support to families coping with the stress of parenting and other challenges, connect families to resources, and support family strengths. Counseling services help clients and family members develop the skills needed to cope, thrive and live confident and fulfilling lives.

  • Occupational Therapy

    Occupational Therapy (OT) focuses on developing motor skills, sensory-processing abilities, coordination, peer interaction, play and self-care skills to participate in daily life activities. Our licensed Occupational Therapists offer comprehensive evaluations and customized treatment plans to address your concerns as a family.

  • Developmental Therapy

    Developmental Therapists serve as educators through the State of Illinois Early Intervention program for children ages birth to three years of age. All Developmental Therapists are credentialed by the State of Illinois Early Intervention program and have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field. Developmental Therapy consists of global evaluations and therapy for children from birth to age three who are referred by the Early Intervention System. Therapy services are provided in individual and group settings.

  • Feeding Therapy

    Our team of Feeding Therapists work to make mealtime fun and enjoyable for the family. When feeding difficulties develop, mealtime can become frustrating and stressful. Through assessment and development of an individualized plan, therapists work to support children who struggle with episodes of gagging, coughing, or choking, difficulty transitioning to textured food, poor weight gain, refusing foods, difficulty with chewing or swallowing, or spitting up after feedings.

Early Intervention

Illinois' Early Intervention program's mission is to assure that families who have infants and toddlers, birth to three, with diagnosed disabilities, developmental delays or substantial risk of significant delays receive resources and supports that assist them in maximizing their child's development, while respecting the diversity of families and communities.

Marcfirst Pediatric Therapy is the largest provider of Therapy Services in Early Intervention in McLean County.

To Learn More about receiving services for your child under the age of three:

Illinois Department of Human Services
Child and Family Connections of Central Illinois
Early Intervention

FREE Developmental Screenings

So much happens in the first 3 years of life! Have us help you understand and learn more about your child’s development. The screening will showcase your child's developmental milestones while uncovering any potential delays. It is important to keep up with your child's progress by having a screening completed every three months.

Please use the form at the bottom of this page to request more information.

Developmental Screenings

Family Services

Family services provide information, education and support that address the concerns and stressors which may accompany having a child with special needs. We provide parents and caregivers with support through our Parent Support Group (P.A.L.) Play And Learn.

Our social workers have years of experience assisting parents and children with disabilities. Counseling services help clients and family members develop the skills needed to cope, thrive and live confident and fulfilling lives.

We offer educational resources, networking opportunities and social activities for children, families and caregivers.

We welcome calls from the community looking for information, resources and referral suggestions. Some questions we hear frequently relate to school programming and IEPs, toilet training, behavior and anxiety. Whether one-time, short-term or on-going, our services address a wide variety of needs and concerns.

Parent Support Group - Play And Learn


Here's the text: Sibshops are a FREE designated time for siblings of children with disabilities to get together. During Sibshops, there is time to get to know others who also have a sibling with a disability and play fun games together. Times for discussion are also included and allow the siblings to share common joys, concerns, and questions. For Ages 7-12.

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Parent Support Group - Play And Learn