Individual, private sessions with experts, tailored to your family’s specific needs
Support for parents, when & where you need it
We know firsthand that parents need all types of support – it truly takes a village. We’re here to answer the questions that can’t be addressed in a blog post, to give you guidance on concerns that keep you up at night, to give you the tools to tackle the toughest of parenting moments.
From child development experts to speech therapy to art therapy, our team is here to answer your questions big and small, in private, focused sessions tailored to you and your family’s needs. Read on for more info on our different experts!
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For babies 5-18 months working up to crawling and/or walking
Even though you are stuck at home more than usual, it is important to keep your baby moving and on track developmentally. Work with Miss Kim one-on-one to continue to develop your child’s core strength through fun activities and exercises to help them reach their crawling and walking goals. Tummy time-averse? Never fear, Kim has tips & tricks to tackle tummy time with ease.
Core Development sessions can assist with:
- Building muscles essential for crawling & walking
- Tummy time troubles
- Activities to encourage crawling and walking
Expert: Kim Schiefelbein
Kim is the Director of Music and Core Development program at Bubbles Academy. Kim began teaching at Bubbles Academy 15 years ago when her now-grown daughter began preschool. She has a degree in Voice Performance from Miami University and an extensive background in fitness. She holds certifications from AFAA, Barre Above, Barre Intensity, AIR Aerial Yoga and Stages Cycling. Kim was also honored to be both a Lululemon Ambassador and an Athleta Ambassador for many years.
After being frustrated with the lack of support she received as a parent, and watching other parents and children in her classes struggling with tummy time, crawling and walking, she combined her professional expertise and partnered with one of the head physical therapists and an occupational therapist at a leading children’s hospital to help her create our Core Development Programs. The Pre-Crawlers class was recently named by Red Tricycle one of the “Top 20 Things You Must Do With Your Baby” and has been nominated several times as one of top classes for babies in Chicagoland.
For children 18 months to 5 years
From the toddler years on, your child’s development is not as focused on achieving physical, gross motor milestones, but is instead focused on developing new cognitive skills. This can result in all kinds of mysterious new behaviors, and feelings; leaving you to wonder “What’s going on in there?”
It can be difficult to manage your child’s big feelings, behaviors and development needs during typical times, but during this new stage in development big feelings on all ends are amplified! Child development experts can help you understand the “Why” behind your child’s behavior, as well as support you with strategies to manage not only your child’s emotions, but your own as well.
Child Development sessions can assist with:
Problem solving common behaviors such as: whining, boundary testing, hitting, ignoring requests
- Strategies for dealing with your child’s big feelings: managing meltdowns, mindfulness and coping skills
Understanding the meaning behind your child’s behavior
Providing individualized pre-academic skill building activities
Boosting you and your child’s play skills
Positive Discipline techniques
Understanding foundational Child Development Theory that underlies positive attachment, parenting goals and healthy relationships
Support with navigating special education and outside evaluations
Expert: Samantha Perry
Sam is the Preschool Director at Bubbles Academy and Lead Teaching Artist for Whole Child Arts. She has over a decade of experience working in and out of the classroom with young children and their families.
Sam holds her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University. During her professional acting career, she discovered a passion for youth theatre and has been privileged to work with the Tony Award winning Minneapolis Children’s Theatre Company, The Chicago Children’s Theatre Company, Emerald City Theatre, and Theatre-Hikes Chicago. Sam’s most cherished theatrical experience was her work with The Chicago Children’s Theatre Company’s installation for children with autism and their families titled The Red Kite Project.
Sam also holds her Masters of Science in Child Development with a Specialization in Administration from Erikson Institute where she was the recipient of The Harris Scholarship for Excellence in Leadership. Harris Scholarships are awarded annually to a select number of students with excellent academic credentials and a demonstrated commitment to the field of early childhood. Sam is grateful for the opportunity to use both her theatrical expertise and broad knowledge of the needs of young children to inspire confidence, independence, curiosity and creativity in her students, families and staff every day.
Expert: Arielle Ruby
Arielle is the School Psychologist at Bubbles Academy, teaching Big Feelings, Little Kids and supporting the preschool team in accommodating neurodivergent students in the classroom.
After graduating from Brandeis University with a certification in Elementary Education, Arielle taught 4th and 5th grade for 3 years at a private school in Massachusetts. After realizing she truly loved the social-emotional aspect of my job, she decided to go back to school, graduating with a Masters in Educational Psychology and an Educational Specialist Degree in School Psychology from Loyola University Chicago. Arielle then spent the next five years working with both general and special education students in Pre-K through 8th grade. After having 2 children,, her passion for working with preschool students emerged and she has been teaching mindfulness, coping skills, and social skills for 3-5 year olds at Bubbles Academy for the past year and a half through her Big Feelings, Little Kids curriculum.
Crossroads Speech Therapy provides individualized pediatric speech and language therapy. We are dedicated to helping your child improve his/her communication skills in a safe and fun environment, including teletherapy options.
Crossroads Speech Therapy is currently in-network with:
Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO & HMO • Blue Cross Blue Choice • United Health Care
Speech therapy sessions can assist with:
- Articulation/ Phonology
- Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)
- Feeding and Swallowing
- Social (pragmatic) Language
- Early Intervention (birth to three-years-old)
- Oral motor function
- Auditory language processing
Expert: Katie Dimond
Katie Dimond, M.A. CCC/SLP, is the Founder and Director of Crossroads Speech Therapy. Located in West Lakeview in Chicago, IL, Crossroads offers diagnostic individualized Therapeutic and Consultative services to children from their first year of life through adulthood. Katie is a dedicated, experienced, and licensed speech and language pathologist. Katie is energetic, fun loving, and kids love working with her! She is also a mother of three young children.
Katie has been licensed and practicing since 2008 and has extensive experience treating children and adults with speech and language delays and disorders. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech and hearing Science at the University of Illinois in 2006 and her Master’s degree in Communication Science and Disorders from Saint Louis University in 2008. Katie is a certified speech and language pathologist in the state of Illinois, a member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association, PROMPT Level 1 trained, is on the Apraxia Kids website as a provider for childhood apraxia of speech.
We know these are challenging times for families and are here to support clients of all ages deal with mental health issues as well as social and emotional well-being.
Art Therapy is a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by the Art Therapist, use media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to improve or restore a client’s functioning and his or her sense of personal well-being.
Art therapy sessions can assist with:
- Mental health issues
- Social and emotional well-being
- More specifically: Explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflict, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem.
Expert: Caroline Tye
Caroline Tye, LCPC, ATR-BC is an artist, educator and art therapist. She is the owner of Dandelion Art Studio. At Dandelion Art Studio, we pride ourselves on providing the best care for all of our clients, families as well as our staff. Dandelion has built a reputation on providing its clients with an art-based therapeutic approach blending art psychotherapy and art as therapy while being both artistically and clinically sound therapists.