MPT Group Philosophy

Our groups encourage caregivers and loved ones to share in the development of their child's social skills, fine and gross motor skills, cognitive abilities, understanding of language and gain independence - all while having FUN together! Babies and toddlers learn, grow, and thrive by following a routine. Our classes provide just the right amount of structured activities to keep children stimulated while helping to improve attention span and listening skills. 

Communication Station-Runs Year Round

When: Tuesdays 9:30am-10:30am & 11:00am-12:00pm (Northminster Presbytarian Church)  see address below

             Wednesdays 4:30pm-5:30pm (Morton Public Library) see address below

For:        Children 18-35 months-Caregiver must be present
Where:  Northminster Presbyterian Church 10720 N Knoxville Ave, Peoria, IL 61615

               Morton Public Library 315 W. Pershing Street Morton, IL 61550

               Please call 309.282.6704 to register
Led By: Peoria Group-Speech-Language Pathologists, Emma Lane M.S. CCC-SLP/L  and Kelly Ryon M.S., CCC-SLP/L

              Morton Group-Speech-Language Pathologists, Brittany Hoffmire M.S. CCC-SLP/L and Makenzie Bogner M.S. CF-SLP/L

Communication Station is a Speech and Language Group for children 18-35 months and includes 1-2 field trips every 12 weeks. Each week the group will target a new theme which is incorporated into the activities.  This group is open to all children regardless of their communication ability. We will teach a total communication approach which includes a combination of pictures, sign language, sounds, and words to help your child initiate communication with peers and adults.  While children will learn how to shape vocalizations into meaningful communication, parents will learn how to guide their child in the use of these techniques into their everyday routines. A snack time and sensory exploration (trampoline, peanut balls, rice tables etc.) is also provided. Children and families are welcome to join this class at any point in the year!!

Lunch Bunch-Summer Feeding Group **Summer Only**

Is your child a Picky Eater?! Do you dread mealtime whether at home or at a restaurant?! We can help! We want to work with your child to increase their exposure to a variety of foods and experience food in a safe and fun enviornment! During this group we will work on exploration of different food groups to help children feel comfortable and have an overall positive experience with food! We will work on oral motor, sensory, and behavior skills to help them during mealtimes. The group is open to all children regardless of their eating ability. 

Group will include:

*Gross Motor and Sensory Activities and Sensory Play with food/non food items

*Oral Motor Activities

*Pretend play, food story time, and crafts with foods

*Social models from peers and therapists

*Caregiver handouts 

Led By: Vicky Jordan, MS CCC-SLP/L Pediatric Feeding Therapist/Speech-Language Pathologist and Kelly Ryon, MS CCC-SLP/L  Pediatric Feeding Therapist/Speech-Language Pathologist. 

For: Children 3-5 years.  *We will make exceptions if your child is within 3 months of the age requirements*  Minimum of 2 children/Maximum 5 children. Caregivers do not stay. 
When: There are 2, 4-week sessions being offered. Each session is 60 minutes. You can sign up for both or just 1 session.  

Session 1: Meets every WEDNESDAY June 5th-June 26th, 2019 11:00am-12:00pm

Session 2: Meets every WEDNESDAY July 10th-July 31st, 2019 11:00am-12:00pm

Where: Mueller Pediatric Therapy 411 E. Washington Street East Peoria, IL 61611

Cost: $205.00 per 4 week session. Total is due at time of signup. We would be happy to accept any private insurance and bill them as a courtesy for you. You are responsible for contacting our office with your information prior to the start of the camp. A refund will be issued if applicable after processing private insurance. Otherwise, no refunds or pro-rating for this camp is available.

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Advanced Communication Station-SUMMER Speech-Language Group **Summer Only**

Come join the fun with your child while we engage in music, singing & dancing, sensory exploration, interactive story-time, themed activities/crafts, socialization opportunities with peers, and snack-time!! Children of all developmental levels are welcome!! A wonderful opportunity for any child to enrich their Speech-Language skills through hands on experiences.

Led by: Emma Lane, MS CCC-SLP/L Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist. 

For:  3-5 years    Minimum of 4 children/Maximum 6 children.   We will make exceptions if your child is within 3 months of the age requirements.  *Caregiver must stay with child.*
When:   9:30am-10:30am Meets every MONDAY June 17th-July 29th, 2019 (NO CLASS July 1st)

Where: Mueller Pediatric Therapy 411 E. Washington Street East Peoria, IL

Cost: $90.00 for 6 week session

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Say & Play-Speech Sound Summer Group **Summer Only**

Say & Play is designed to help children work on specific speech sounds they are having difficulty producing. Your child may already be working on these sounds during the school year and this group will help bridge the summer gap to ensure your child continues to make progress on their sounds and speech intelligibility!! Children will have fun and be involved in games and activities while working on their speech sounds!! Child does NOT have to have an IEP to participate. Weekly homework will be provided. 

Children may already have a diagnosis of:

Apraxia of Speech

Articulation Disorder

Phonological Disorder

Led by: Brittany Hoffmire, M.S. CCC-SLP/L, Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist with almost a decade of experience working with children. 

Where: Mueller Pediatric Therapy-411 E. Washington Street East Peoria, IL 61611

When:  June 11th-August 6th, 2019 8 week Session meeting every TUESDAY (no session July 2nd) . Min-2 kids Max-4 kids per group.

9:30-10:00am 3-5 year olds

10:15-10:45am 6-9 year olds

Cost: $105.00 paid in full at time of sign up to reserve your spot. No prorated or refunds available. 

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Social Sprouts- Young Children's Social Skills Group **Summer Only**

This Summer we can help your child improve their social skills!! Does your preschooler or kindergartner have difficulty making and keeping friends? Would they benefit from recognizing social cues? Does your child need help expressing emotions appropriately? Maybe they have been diagnosed with Social Anxiety Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, Autism, or AD/HD? Or are they simply shy or socially awkward? Are there issues with your child’s behavior being disruptive at home, school, or daycare? Some children need a little extra help learning social skills! Through a series of lessons, activities, games, role-play, community field trips, our group leaders will teach your child to enhance his/her social skills and self-esteem. This summer group will place an emphasis on practicing conversational and play skills with peers. 

Led by Carrie Reinboldt LCPC, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with Mueller Pediatric Therapy. Not only does she have extensive professional experience working with children needing help with various social skills, she also has a mother's perspective as she has a 8 year old son with Autism. 

Led by Emma Lane M.S. CCC-SLP/L, Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist with Mueller Pediatric Therapy. Emma has been working with children who struggle with appropriate social skills for almost a decade. She also has extensive experience professionally working with children who are diagnosed with Autism and AD/HD. 

The following topics will be covered:

Play and Conversational Skills:

• Greeting people • Conversational skills • Listening • Working together and playing with others in a group • Taking turns and sharing

Understanding Social Skills:

• Keeping hands to oneself and respecting personal space • Proper eye contact • Personal space • Speaking with an appropriate tone and volume • How to respond in a socially appropriate way to personal triggers

For: Children ages 4 years- 7 years. Caregivers do not stay.  

When: 6 week session June 17th -July 29th, 2019 Every MONDAY 11:00am-12:00 pm (No Class July 1st) Class minimum is 4 children and maximum is 6 children. 

Where: Mueller Pediatric Therapy. At least 1 of the sessions will be community outings at To Be Determined locations within the area. This will allow the therapists to work on social skills in different settings.

Cost: $405.00 for 6 week session. Total is due at time of signup. We would be happy to accept any private insurance and bill them as a courtesy for you. You are responsible for contacting our office with your information prior to the start of the camp. A refund will be issued if applicable after processing private insurance. Otherwise, no refunds or pro-rating for this camp is available. 

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Master Printing and Grip Group-A Handwriting Camp **Summer Only**

This camp is designed to be a creative and fun way to learn and develop handwriting skills!! Master Printing and Grip Group is a handwriting camp that utilizes the “Handwriting Without Tears” curriculum in conjunction with other therapeutic strategies. The curriculum utilizes a hands-on, multi-sensory approach to writing.

  • Fine motor labs to develop strong fine motor skills through activities such as coloring, cutting 
  • Pencil grasp development with suggestions of activities or grips when necessary
  • Movement and music activities
  • Workbook practice 
  • Small Groups and 1:1 instruction time
  • Distribution / discussion of home activities

We will focus on pencil grasp, letter placement, legibility, spacing and letter formation for upper and lowercase letters using direct teaching and fun activities!

Led By: Kelcy Suydam, OTRL-Occupational Therapist and Brooke Pfanz COTA/L-Occupational Therapy Assistant. Our Therapists have over 20 years of experience working with children needing assistance with developing their handwriting skills. Both Therapists are trained in the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum. 

For: Children going into Kindergarten - 4th grade. Each child will be taught at their cognitive and developmental readiness for handwriting. Caregivers do not stay. 

When: 6 week session June 6th - July 18th, 2019 Every THURSDAY 10:00am-11:00 am. No class July 4th, 2019. Class minimum is 4 children and maximum is 8 children.

Where: Mueller Pediatric Therapy 411 E. Washington Street, East Peoria, IL 61611

Cost: $205.00 for 6 week session. Total is due at time of signup.  We would be happy to accept any private insurance and bill them as a courtesy for you. You are responsible for contacting our office with your information prior to the start of the camp. A refund will be issued if applicable after processing private insurance. Otherwise, no refunds or pro-rating for this camp is available. 

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See What Our Clients Think

"Amy Hopkins has been here with our family from the beginning. She made a family connection that will last a lifetime!!! Don't know what I would do without her. She didn't care that Kayden was under the table playing in dirt!"

- Erin Faw

"It is so hard to believe our last therapy is this week. We had a wonderful therapist who has done all the hard stuff for our future therapist."

- Bobbie Conover

"My six-year-old Autistic daughter has been receiving speech services from Mueller Pediatric Therapy since she was in Early Intervention. We were so pleased with Emma's work with her at the end of EI that we decided to keep her working with her. Since then, we have seen so much progress in our daughter's ability to not only talk (as she was barely talking upon entering EI) but to understand language and use it appropriately to make requests, express herself and interact with peers. The office staff has also been great in helping us navigate difficulties in dealing with our insurance provider. I recommend Mueller Pediatric Therapy to anyone I know who is looking for services to help children with delays."

- Alysia Short

"Our family has chosen Mueller Pediatric Therapy to serve our two children over the past 5 years. We've had 4 amazing therapists and great experiences with the company. We truly believe they choose the best to work and teach both children, and their families. The personal experiences and relationships we've witnessed make me proud to refer this company."

- Holly K.

"Mueller Pediatric Therapy was a great help to my son when our previous speech therapist fell short of our expectations. The owner, Erin Mueller, took a personal interest in my son’s case and assigned the therapist she felt would be the best fit for my son’s needs. Vicky jumped right in and within the first session had a diagnosis and therapy plan to go forward. We received more personalized treatment in the first month than we had in 6 months with our previous therapist. Vicky had a vast amount of experience that was evident in the way she worked with my son and the knowledge she was able to pass on to me about my son’s condition. She was so personal and easy to work with. I would recommend Vicky and Mueller Pediatric Therapy to anyone looking for a fresh start to their therapy needs."

- T.C.

"We have chosen Mueller Pediatric Therapy for all 4 of our children. Over the past 9 years we have utilized their amazing speech therapists to work with our boys while they were going through Early Invention. They have given them the skills and tools they need to jump start their speech and be able to start school with the confidence they need to succeed. They are now in 6th, 4th, and 1st grade and doing fantastic. My daughter is 4 1/2, autistic, and has been with Mueller since Early Intervention. When she started she was non-verbal, had no real interactions with others and was very withdrawn. In 2 short years she had become a totally different girl. With Mueller's speech, speech group, and OT services she has thrived. She greets people when she sees them, wants to play with others, and just over the last 3 months has started talking. I owe so much to the ladies at Mueller who have taught my kids, stood up for them, cheered them on and pushed them to become better! I would recommend them all day because without them, my children wouldn't be who they are today."

- Erin C.

"Graeme started speech services with Mueller about a year ago. The difference it has made! He speaks so much more and really enjoys time with his teacher Miss Maggie. He looks forward to his sessions. I know both Graeme and I will be sad when he is too old to continue."

- C. E.

"Erin is a very gifted and talented speech therapist. I was constantly amazed at her understanding of how sounds are formed and further amazed at her ability to accurately know which sounds my son was articulating and which sounds needed help. He constantly progressed while under her instruction. Furthermore, Erin truly cared about his development and ability to accomplish sounds. It wasn’t just a “job” to her, she cared, at a personal level, about his development. I was excited when Erin started Mueller Pediatric Therapy. The more people she could touch through her services and through her therapists, the more families that would be blessed."

- Dorine Aberle

Miss Emma (speech), Miss Jamie (previous OT), and Miss Amy (DT) have been so great with me and my son over the years. They have always had interest in what works best for us and listening to my son's cues and what he needs, how he learns best. Greyson has not always been the most willing to do things that come harder for him, but with the help from this staff, their consistent care and patient minds, he is thriving and has come leaps and bounds from where he first started. We are thankful, grateful and blessed to have these professionals in our corner. Thank you so much for all you do for us!

- Jenna Darnell

I would highly recommend my daughter's Speech Therapist, Brittany Hoffmire, because she was wonderful with Mackenzie. She really related to her and really connected with my child by catering to her needs, moods, and her actions on the day of her therapy session. Brittany was constantly working hard with my daughter and always made her laugh and smile. Brittany and Mackenzie had a wonderful connection of which I had never seen with any of her other therapists. Brittany has a wonderful and outgoing personality which really showed when she was working with my daughter. My daughter always looked forward to when Miss Brittany came to her house and always hated to see her leave. I would highly recommend Brittany Hoffmire to any parents looking for a speech therapist because of her awesome ability to work and relate to kids. Thank you very much Brittany for making a difference in my daughter's life and with her speech. You are one in a million. Keep up the awesome work you are doing!! Thank you!

- Nicole Berg

About Us

Mueller Pediatric Therapy, Ltd., was established by Erin Mueller, Speech-Language Pathologist, in 2008. MPT is passionate about providing quality Pediatric Therapy Services. We are the leading Pediatric Therapy Agency in Central Illinois offering a wide array of services for children ages Birth-18 years. We look forward to working with you and your child!