Easterseals Central Illinois

aka Easterseals Peoria-Bloomington   |   Peoria, IL   |  www.eastersealsci.com


Easterseals Central Illinois provides exceptional services to ensure children with developmental delays, disabilities and other special needs can reach their full potential. We are the most comprehensive provider of pediatric developmental and rehabilitation therapy in the Central Illinois area, providing specialized therapies to help children communicate, improve their mobility, interact with others and thrive. Easterseals provides services for individuals from birth through age 21. Our credentialed and licensed therapists specialize in pediatric services and are enrolled as providers for Early Intervention and major insurance companies.

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President & CEO

Steven Thompson

Main address

507 E Armstrong Ave

Peoria, IL 61603 USA

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Formerly known as

Easter Seals-UCP



NTEE code info

Rehabilitative Medical Services (E50)

Autism (G84)

Pediatrics (G98)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We envision a world where every child is 100% included, 100% empowered.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Physical Therapy (PT)

Easterseals pediatric physical therapists promote increased independence and confidence with gross motor abilities. Physical therapists are experts in movement, motor development, and body function (ex: strength, flexibility, coordination, and endurance). They work closely with each child and their caregivers to determine a treatment plan based upon goals and priorities. Physical therapists work with children with a wide variety of diagnoses including, but not limited to: developmental delays, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, spina bifida, torticollis, plagiocephaly, genetic disorders, hypotonia, toe walking, and those needing post-surgical rehabilitation.

Population(s) Served

Easterseals pediatric occupational therapists help find what is meaningful to your child and therapy focuses on caregiver and child-centered goals. Occupational therapists increase a child’s independence and quality of life while targeting a variety of areas including daily living skills, sensory processing, self-regulation, motor skills, and coordination. Treatment includes an emphasis on educating the caregivers and providing strategies to increase participation in their home and community environments.

Population(s) Served

Easterseals pediatric speech therapists use a variety of techniques to teach essential skills needed to be confident and succesful communicators. Speech-language treatment plans and goals are developed and implemented based on your child’s needs and goals of the family. Our therapists are experts in creating an environment in which children feel successful, yet are challenged to develop their individual skills.

Population(s) Served

Easterseals feeding therapists can turn mealtime struggles back to an enjoyable experience again. By working closely with the family, our therapists utilize several different approaches depending on the needs of the child. One of which includes SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) approach to feeding which address both sensory processing and oral motor skills a child needs to eat a wide variety of food groups and textures. This approach allows a child to interact with food in a playful, non-stressful way.

Population(s) Served

Easterseals developmental therapists help children birth to 3 years old meet milestones by supporting the whole family. This therapy addresses a child’s global development by providing services in a child’s natural environment. Caregivers are provided home therapy strategies to help the child gain skills and make progress.

Population(s) Served

Caring for children of all ages is a tough job, however many children, youth, and teenagers with disabilities face special challenges. They may experience fears about the future, poor self-esteem, and difficulty coping with their disability. Many parents of children with disabilities also experience very unique challenges related to managing their child’s development and behavior. Counselors at Easterseals can help
individuals and families, with and without disabilities, focus on their abilities, learn positive coping methods, improve challenging parenting tasks, and enhance social and behavioral skills in a comfortable and fun environment. Counseling helps children improve their quality of life and works to increase their happiness.

Population(s) Served

Constraint Induced Movement Therapy is an innovative, scientifically-supported method of upper extremity rehabilitation for children with neuromotor impairments.

Cortical/Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI) is caused by damage to the visual centers of the brain. The eyes are able to see, but the brain is not interpreting what is being seen. CVI interventions change everyday quality of life for children and their families. CVI is the only visual impairment where vision function can be improved through specialized intervention.

Prechtl’s General Movements Assessment (GMA): During a physical therapy evaluation, Prechtl’s General Movement Assessment can be used to assess babies from birth up to 5 months of age who are born prematurely or have a complex birth history to determine if they may be at risk for developing cerebral palsy.

Serial casting is a procedure that involves a series of casts used to stretch soft tissue contractures and/or inhibit abnormal muscle tone. It is a specialized strategy used by Easterseals physical therapists to address decreased range of motion in the ankles due to muscle tightness. New casts are applied every week until the desired position or range of motion is achieved.

Population(s) Served

Children seen in the cerebral palsy clinic may have a variety of diagnoses that impact movement and motor development including, but not limited to, cerebral palsy, hypotonia, developmental delays, and genetic disorders.

Assistive Technology Clinic & Resource Services
Easterseals therapists work with local vendors and the child and family’s funding sources to provide evaluations for and assist families in obtaining positioning and mobility devices such as customized wheel chairs and seating systems, adaptive strollers, walkers, gait trainers, standers, and bath chairs.

Orthotics Clinic
Easterseals physical therapists consult with an orthotist to determine the appropriate prescription for custom-fitted orthotics/braces to provide stability and support for proper positioning of the feet and ankles during standing, walking, and other functional activities.

Central Illinois Orofacial Anomalies (CIOAT) Clinic
The CIOAT clinic provides a multidisciplinary team approach to the evaluation and management of individuals with cleft lip or palate, speech problems, ear deformities, or other conditions. The team works with the Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC) and other central Illinois area agencies.

Population(s) Served

Easterseals provides individualized programs and services to support children with autism and their families. Our services are spread through this program guide, from pediatric services, to specialty clinics and supportive programs. Easterseals meets the needs of children throughout the spectrum.

Autism Services and Supports:
Adaptive swim lessons
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
Assistive Technology Clinic
Augmentative & Alternative Communication
New Diagnosis Parent/Family Orientation
Autism Diagnostic Clinic
Autism Resource Centers
Occupational Therapy
Physical Therapy
Residential Day Camp
Sequential Oral Sensory Feeding Therapy (SOS)
Social Skills Group
Speech Therapy
Water Seals Swimming Group

Population(s) Served

Owned and operated by Easterseals Central Illinois, Timber Pointe Outdoor Center is the premier resource in the state of Illinois for providing specialized outdoor recreational, experiential and family programs for individuals with disabilities and illnesses in a fun, safe and accessible environment.

Timber Pointe Outdoor Center provides specialized lodging, staff and programming modified to accommodate kids and adults of all abilities. From day camps, overnight summer camps, partner group camps, and weekend family retreats there's a camp fit for everyone.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children screened for autism and other developmental delays

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Autism Services

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Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of therapy hours provided to clients

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Number of clients served

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Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Easterseals Central Illinois works with the family to set and meet goals for each child individually. Our team of experts ensure no matter how many services you are receiving, we are all working toward the same goals.

Each child at Easterseals is assigned a Care Coordinator who helps families navigate services. Care Coordinators also provide education, community resources and family support. They work with therapists, doctors, and schools to help ensure each child’s needs are being addressed.

All treatment and intervention services are based on focused, functional outcomes, or clear statements about skills and activities that reflect the changes families and children want as a result of therapy.

Functional outcomes are designed to maximize each child’s practical skills such as movement, eating, communicating, getting dressed, interacting with others or joining in family and community activities.

Easterseals is the champion for abilities, by opening new pathways to opportunities, so every child can realize and reach their full potential. We take a complete approach to therapy, working with the whole family to help children with autism, cerebral palsy, disabilities, developmental delays and other special needs reach new milestones each and every day.

Easterseals Central Illinois served 7,087 families during fiscal year 2019, the most on record.
Timber Pointe Outdoor Center welcomed 1,511campers from across the country during the summer of 2019.

Examples of Success at Easterseals Learning Academy:
- A student joins her classmates in the cafeteria for lunch rather than eating alone in the classroom.
- A student came to us with only receiving one hour of in-home instruction a ; now she successfully attends six full classroom hours .
- High School students self-fund field trips through their business, ‘Snack, Fizzle, Pop’ which sells snacks and drinks around the school.
- A student entered our program last year with severe self-injurious behaviors. She no longer exhibits the behaviors and no longer needs a 1-1 teacher assistant.
- A student increased his writing from two-word phrases to sentences with upwards of six to eight words and many descriptors due to the use of CORE vocabulary.
- A student successfully reintegrated into his home school district for the 2019-2020 school year, thanks to their progress made at the Learning Academy.

We will continue to be champions for our families and the children we serve, working work to create opportunities and resources that help them make the progress they desire and deserve.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?


Easterseals Central Illinois

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Easterseals Central Illinois

Board of directors
as of 03/26/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Jon Michael

Chairman & CEO, RLI Corp.

Term: 2018 - 2020

Board co-chair

M Chris Chadwick


Term: 2019 - 2021

Joe Creed


Brad Halverson

Retiree, Caterpillar

Susie Ketterer

Retiree, Simantel

Don Young

YASH Americas

Mark Scott

Scott Communication Services

Meenakshy Aiyer M.D.,

University of Illinois College of Medicine-Peoria

Pedro de Alarcon M.D.

University of Illinois College of Medicine-Peoria

Lindsey Birkel


Wes Blumenshine


Todd Bryant

RLI Corp.

Susie Camacho

Ambassador Family

Tim Erickson

CORE Construction

Seshadri Guha

CGN Global

Kevin Harlan


Divya Joshi M.D.

OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois

Brad Kahler

Fort Transfer

Keith Knepp M.D.

UnityPoint Health - Methodist│Proctor

Lance Lelm

Heart Technologies

Stephanie Lindstrom M.D.

Unity Point Clinic Central Illinois Region

Matt Mamer


Tom Meischner

The Finch Companies

Sree Muktevi

YASH Technologies

Karen Crowley Metzinger

Retiree, Bradley University

David Osnowitz

Merrill Lynch

Prasad Parupalli


Sue Portscheller

Retiree, CEFCU

Troy Pudik

Meginnes & Seghetti P.C.

Barry Reilly

Bloomington School District 87

Bob Sehring

OSF HealthCare

Sarah Stewart de Ramirez M.D.,

OSF HealthCare

Adam White

Running Central/ShaZam Racing

Jeff White

Immediate-past Fiscal Committee Chair

Walter Zakahi Ph.D.

Bradley University

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/26/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/26/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.