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Concerned About Your Child’s Development? RIC at Silver Cross Offers Help.

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross Hospital offers free Pediatric Developmental Screenings  

New Lenox, IL (January 7, 2013) — One of the main responsibilities of parents is to ensure their child’s developmental needs are met, and that they are growing at a healthy pace. For parents who have concerns about their child’s developmental ability – whether it with their speech or physical skills - it can be very stressful to know where to go for the right help.

Free Screenings

childrenThe Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) at Silver Cross Hospital will offer FREE Pediatric Developmental Screenings on Wednesday, January 30 at The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) at Silver Cross in Pavilion A, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Screening and treatment recommendations will be given by RIC pediatric occupational and physical therapists and speech-language pathologists for children ages 0-5 who may be lagging behind with achievement of developmental milestones. Call (815) 300-7110 for an appointment. 

“There’s a broad range of what’s considered typical when it comes to child development,” says Valerie Paluszak, Manager of Outpatient Rehabilitation for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross Hospital. “However if a parent has concerns with one or more of their child’s physical, speech, or social abilities they should consider having their child screened.” 

Fortunately, most children with developmental problems can be helped. “Early identification and early intervention leads to better outcomes,” says Paluszak. 

Human  Development is often divided into specific areas, such as gross motor, fine motor, and language. Studies have established average ages at which certain milestones are achieved, as well as ranges of normality. For example, in a normal child, progress within the different areas varies, as in the toddler who walks late but speaks in sentences early. Also it is important to note that environmental influences, ranging from nutrition to stimulation and genetic factors determine the pace of a child’s development. 

Types of Development include:

Motor development: Motor development includes fine motor (ex., picking up small objects, drawing) and gross motor (ex., walking, climbing stairs) skills. Children typically begin to walk at 12 months, can climb stairs at 21 months, and run well at 2 years, but the age at which these milestones are achieved by normal children varies tremendously. 

Language development: The ability to understand language precedes the ability to speak it; children with minimal words usually can understand a great deal. Although delays in expressive speech are typically not accompanied by other developmental delays, all children with excessive language delays should be evaluated for the presence of other delays in development. Most children who experience speech delay have normal intelligence. 

About the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross Hospital

Silver Cross Hospital and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) have teamed up to expand post-acute physical medicine and rehabilitation services in Will County and the southwest Chicagoland communities. The partnership provides world-class rehabilitation care for a range of conditions for patients close to home. Silver Cross is the only healthcare facility in the area with this breadth of services in partnership with RIC. Together, Silver Cross and RIC provide rehabilitation services in inpatient and outpatient care settings at four locations—at the main Hospital and the Silver Cross Professional Buildings in Homer Glen, New Lenox and West Joliet. The Pediatric Clinic is located at the main hospital campus in Pavilion A. The Clinic is staffed by Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists and Speech-Language Pathologists who specialize in the evaluation and treatment of infants, toddlers and children with Developmental Delay, Feeding Difficulties and Sensory Integration Issues. Additionally, the RIC team provides therapy services for patients on the hospital’s medical and surgical floors. For more information about RIC at Silver Cross, call (815) 300-7110 or visit

About Silver Cross Hospital

Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895. Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for seven consecutive years and as a Hospital of Choice by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 3,000 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 289-bed acute care hospital and 9 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Silver Cross opened a state-of-the-art replacement hospital on February 26, 2012 at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox. To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).


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