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The Lumiere Story

In 2008, during one of our first team assessments, we were working with a family that had a two-year old child. This child was not speaking and had difficulty focusing on directions. The child also had trouble with posture and movement and was not yet walking.

We joined the family in the treatment room and began our evaluation. We asked medical background questions, developmental questions, played with the child and asked the family to interact with their child, all in preparation for designing a custom treatment plan.

During the evaluation, we noticed that the parents seemed uncomfortable, anxious, and increasingly overwhelmed, especially during the summary of our findings. Their faces fell, and you could see their dread and disappointment.

Finally, the mother looked at us and said:

“You know, all I ever wanted was for my daughter to call me Mommy.”

We understood. They were seeking those little milestones, the small life experiences every parent should have with their child. They were desperately hoping we would bring these out in their little one.

So, we created a custom treatment plan that included all of the areas of development that this child needed to become a strong and successful human being – but with one very BIG difference.

Our larger and most profound goal was to direct all of this supportive collaborative energy towards those small, yet largely impactful life moments that were important for the connectedness of the family. We refer to these as “Magic Moments”… for indeed, they are nothing short of this.

How do we know?

About a month later, we received a call from the family telling us that their child had just said her first word. It was “Mommy”.  Needless to say, the parents cried with joy – and so did we! We felt that we had not only made improvements in all areas of need but supported and created hope in this most important way for the family.

We took this experience and wove it into the fabric of our program. Now, we approach every family with the collaborative spirit that will help reveal each child’s dynamic potential as they develop and grow – one “Magic Moment” at a time.

“When we are open and giving of our light, we create an endless reflection that outlives our human existence.”

— Gary L. Friedman

Foundation. Core Values.

WHO WE ARE

Lumiere Children’s Therapy was founded on the belief that we all have strengths and weaknesses. We believe that education, collaboration, and trust can illuminate the road ahead – one that is built on hope, fortified with knowledge and lit by the beacons of our core values:

BELIEVE – Having faith in our children’s potential. “It’s possible. You’ve got this. Win, win, win!”

CONNECT – Making family goals our goals, and working together in a loving environment

TEACH & LEARN – Sharing what we each know in a relaxing and nurturing setting aiming towards graduating milestones

HAVE FUN – Hugs, cuddles, playtime and overall magic moments

Unlocking potential and embracing differences! 🧠✨ Dive into our latest blog post where we explore the power of neurodiversity in children’s education. From fostering inclusive classrooms to celebrating unique strengths, we’re reshaping the future of learning. Link in bio! 📚💡 
 
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Early literacy is a fundamental part of a child’s development. We practice our early reading skills by bringing our books to life this month as we learn about the great outdoors! 🏕️ First we made our tent and now we have a campfire. Can you guess what happens next in our story??
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🏡💪 Let’s Empower Kids with Household Tasks! 🌟

Did you know that involving children in household tasks has incredible benefits for their development? It’s true! Here are some reasons why encouraging kids to help around the house is a win-win situation:

1️⃣ Responsibility and Independence: Assigning age-appropriate tasks to children helps foster a sense of responsibility. They learn the importance of contributing to the family and taking care of their surroundings. As they become more involved, their confidence and independence grow too!

2️⃣ Life Skills for the Future: By participating in household tasks, kids gain valuable life skills that will benefit them throughout their lives. Whether it’s doing laundry, washing dishes, or tidying up, they acquire essential skills for maintaining a home and become self-sufficient individuals.

3️⃣ Teamwork and Collaboration: When children help with household chores, they learn the value of teamwork and collaboration. Working together as a family strengthens bonds, teaches effective communication, and instills a sense of shared responsibility. Plus, it makes chores more enjoyable!

4️⃣ Building Confidence and Competence: Successfully completing household tasks boosts children’s confidence and self-esteem. As they see their contributions making a difference, they develop a sense of competence and pride in their abilities. It’s a great confidence booster!

So, let’s empower our kids by involving them in household tasks. Together, we can nurture responsible, independent, and capable individuals who contribute positively to their families and communities! 🌟💪

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🧩 Let’s Talk Puzzles and Child Development! 🌟

Did you know that puzzles offer more than just hours of entertainment? They also play a vital role in your child’s development! 🌈 Here are some incredible ways puzzles can benefit your little one:

* Cognitive Skills: Puzzles are fantastic for boosting cognitive abilities. As children piece together different shapes and colors, they enhance their problem-solving skills, critical thinking, and spatial awareness. It’s like a workout for their brain!

*Fine Motor Development: Those little hands get a workout too! Picking up puzzle pieces, manipulating them, and placing them in the right spot improves fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and finger dexterity. It’s like a mini gym for their fingers!

* Patience and Persistence: Completing a puzzle requires patience and perseverance. As children tackle challenging puzzles, they learn to stay focused, overcome obstacles, and celebrate their accomplishments. It’s a wonderful way to foster a growth mindset.

*Shape and Color Recognition: Puzzles are a fun way to introduce and reinforce shape and color recognition. Kids become familiar with different shapes, sizes, and hues, enhancing their visual perception and understanding of the world around them.

* Emotional Development: Puzzles can help boost confidence and self-esteem. As children successfully complete puzzles, they feel a sense of accomplishment and pride, building their belief in their abilities. It’s a confidence booster in a box!

* Relaxation and Focus: Puzzles offer a calming and immersive experience. They help children relax, unwind, and develop concentration skills. It’s a wonderful activity for quiet moments and promoting mindfulness.

So, the next time you see a puzzle, remember that it’s not just a game. It’s a powerful tool for your child’s growth and development! 🌟✨

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Are you looking to support your child’s development and enhance their daily activities? Our occupational therapy experts have gathered some valuable tips to help you make the most of your child’s potential. Check them out:

* Sensory Play for Sensational Skills: Encourage your child to engage in sensory play, such as exploring different textures, playing with sand or water, or experimenting with scented materials. These activities enhance sensory processing skills and promote cognitive and motor development.

* Fine Motor Fun: Boost your child’s fine motor skills with activities like coloring, drawing, cutting with child-safe scissors, playing with building blocks, or threading beads. These activities strengthen hand-eye coordination, finger dexterity, and precision.

 * Daily Routine Chart: Create a visual schedule or chart with pictures to help your child understand and follow daily routines. This can reduce anxiety, improve time management skills, and foster independence.

* Break It Down: When teaching new tasks, break them into smaller, manageable steps. This approach helps your child develop problem-solving skills, build confidence, and promotes successful task completion.

*  Calming Strategies: Teach your child calming techniques like deep breathing exercises, listening to soft music, or using a sensory corner with soothing textures or visual aids. These strategies can help regulate emotions and promote self-regulation.

Remember, every child is unique, and progress may vary. If you have concerns or questions, consult with a qualified occupational therapist for personalized guidance.

Let’s empower our children to reach their full potential through meaningful activities and play! Share these tips with other parents who might find them helpful. Together, we can make a positive difference in our children’s lives! 🌟

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Wondering how ABA therapy can help your child flex their social skills? Here are some of the top ways:

👉🏼Social Stories: Using social stories, we engage children in interactive narratives that teach important social skills, such as turn-taking, sharing, and understanding emotions. These stories provide valuable guidance and promote social understanding. 

👉🏼Role-Play and Modeling: Through role-play activities, we create opportunities for children to practice social interactions in a safe and supportive environment. By modeling appropriate behaviors and providing feedback, we help children develop effective communication and socialization skills. 

👉🏼Peer Engagement: Encouraging interactions with peers is crucial for social growth. We facilitate positive peer relationships by promoting shared interests, facilitating group activities, and teaching children how to initiate and maintain conversations. 

ABA therapy equips children with tools to identify and understand emotions, both in themselves and others. Through activities and exercises, we help children develop emotional regulation strategies, fostering empathy and successful social interactions.

We help kiddos learn all of this and more in our therapeutic preschool - learn more and apply to our fall program via the link in our profile!
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Empowering children on the autism spectrum to embrace independence in their daily activities is a journey filled with progress and triumphs!  Here are some valuable tips and strategies to support your child’s growth.⁣

Create a Structured Routine: Establishing a predictable schedule can provide a sense of security and help children with autism navigate their day with confidence. Consistency and visual schedules can be powerful tools in promoting independence. 
 Break Tasks Down: Complex tasks can be overwhelming, so breaking them into smaller, manageable steps is key. This approach allows children to focus on one step at a time, building their skills gradually. 
 Utilize Visual Supports: Visual cues and prompts offer clarity and enhance understanding. Visual schedules, checklists, and visual reminders can guide children through daily activities, encouraging independence and reducing anxiety. 
Incorporate Sensory Strategies: Sensory integration techniques can help children with autism engage and regulate their senses. Consider using sensory tools, such as fidget toys or weighted blankets, to create a calm and focused environment for better participation. 
Celebrate Progress: Recognize and celebrate every milestone, no matter how small. Encouragement and positive reinforcement are powerful motivators that build confidence and self-esteem. ⁣

Join us on this remarkable journey toward independence! Contact us today to learn more about how occupational therapy can empower your child with autism in daily activities.
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Our Founder

Kitsa Antonopoulos

Vasilikitsa “Kitsa” Antonopoulos, known for her expertise and academic background in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Autism. In 2002, she obtained a Bachelor of Science in this discipline from the prestigious Saint Louis University, followed by the attainment of a Master of Arts in Speech Language Pathology in 2004. Kitsa is licensed and certified in the state of Illinois for Speech Pathology and with the Illinois Early Intervention system in assessment and therapy. Earning her certificate of clinical competency in 2004.

Distinguishing herself through specialized clinical training and unparalleled experience, Kitsa has seamlessly navigated diverse pediatric outpatient hospitals, early childhood programs, private practices, and Autism/Behavior programs. Her unwavering commitment to enhancing the lives of children and families is a life goal.

Marking a significant milestone in her journey, Kitsa Antonopoulos laid the foundation of Lumiere Children’s Therapy in 2010. This visionary endeavor was established as an extraordinary pediatric therapeutic practice that encompasses a holistic and multidisciplinary approach to children’s therapy. At Lumiere, a team of exceptional professionals collaborates seamlessly, offering an array of transformative services, including cutting-edge speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, social work, and behavioral therapy. 

By combining her unrivaled expertise and a passion for promoting the welfare of children, Kitsa and Lumiere Children’s Therapy continue to be a beacon of hope and empowerment for countless families seeking comprehensive and compassionate care for their precious little ones. 

Kitsa’s professional affiliations reflect her unwavering commitment to excellence. As a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, the Illinois Speech-Language Hearing Association, and the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences, she remains at the forefront of the latest advancements in her field.

Her involvement with the Jesuit Honors Society and her previous role as a board member of the Entrepreneurs Organization for a decade showcases her leadership qualities and engagement in diverse professional networks. Furthermore, serving as an advisory board member and committee member of a gifted children’s preschool in Chicago underscores her commitment to nurturing the potential of young minds.

“When we are open and giving of our light, we create an endless reflection that outlives our human existence.”

— Gary L. Friedman

Take a Tour

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Come MEET our therapists. SEE our space. LEARN about how we can help your family.

Our tours offer a relaxed setting for you and your children to come learn about our comprehensive services. Come take a first look at our individualized programs.

Contact Us to schedule a complimentary consultation today. We look forward to meeting you and your family!

Reviews

Voted 2015’s best Speech Language Pathologist in Chicago for Speech Language Pathology treatment and services as reviewed by patients. Verified by Opencare.com.

"My son’s progress since he first started has been tremendous!. His motor skills, physical skills and speaking skills are increasing everyday. We will work collectively as one to continue help his development together."

"My son has been doing fantastically! He has improved so much. My family and friends see such a big difference in his speech. He has started using full sentences and he also opens up a lot more to his peers. My husband and I feel so elated that he has improved so much, thank you Lumiere!."

"Lumiere brought our family PEACE and we will never forget that; we are forever grateful to everyone there who is a part of our son’s life."