Children, Youth and Families

Enabling children and youth to participate in the occupations that are meaningful to them and their families.

Occupations and activities important to children and youth include play, education, self-care (e.g. brushing teeth, dressing), social participation, sleep and eating/feeding. Occupations important for youth preparing for adulthood may include productive work and volunteer roles, independent living, community mobility and leisure.

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Ashley has been working with our son Ryker on his focus and his attention as well as his ability to engage with others. Ryker just turned two and his attention span has gotten significantly better. She is very patient with him and works well with his needs along with giving us the tools to work with him on our own. My wife and I enjoy the feedback we get and have seen such an improvement.
Heather and Shanna H.

Our services

When possible, we provide occupational therapy in natural settings (e.g. home, school, and/or community). Services may also be provided in a clinic setting when community-based services are not possible or realistic. We partner with the UIC Child and Family Development Center to offer services through the Illinois Early Intervention system.

We pride ourselves on the following areas of excellence:

  • Family-centered practice (emphasis on parent/caregiver coaching and participation)
  • Occupation-focused practice (focus on daily life activities that are meaningful to the child and family)
  • Evidence and theory-guided services
  • Strengths-based practice (i.e. building on the child or youth’s strengths to address areas of need)
  • Culturally relevant practice
  • Creating supportive physical, social and occupational environments
  • Responding to needs identified by individuals, families, and the community

Services for organizations

Children, Youth and Families (CYF) consultation services are available for organizations. These services include needs assessments, program design and development, program implementation, staff education and training, and evaluation of practices and procedures.

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Occupational therapy helped (my son) make positive progress. I’m thankful for (my OT) for helping me to see things and things to utilize when she’s not around so that his progress is continuous. I’m grateful for her detailed reports and everything in them because it makes it clear and easy to understand. Anything that you should expect from someone supporting your child, she does.

Our team

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    Ashley Stoffel

    Director & Occupational Therapist, UIC OT Faculty Practice

  • Jennifer Wescott headshot

    Jennifer Wescott

    Occupational Therapist, UIC OT Faculty Practice

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    Namrata N. Shah

    Occupational Therapist, UIC OT Faculty Practice

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To obtain more information about our services, referrals and appointments, contact Ashley Stoffel.

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