Target Ages: Birth - 3 years, also 5 & Up

Primary goal: For the early years of developmental milestones, behavioral therapy helps toddlers adjust to obstacles they face and overcome them.
For children past these typical milestones,
social-emotional counseling helps strengthen a child’s ability to form relationships and express their emotions.

family support for behavioral therapyRead about Behavioral Support & Social Emotional Counseling here.

Counseling Service


Behavioral therapy consists of counseling sessions for kids in particular developmental stages and is useful to begin when toddlers exhibit certain developmental delays.


Behavioral problems that emerge with your child are not failures as a parent. In fact, most patients in behavioral, social-emotional counseling are compensating for a deficit in their development. Much of the time, a developmental delay in physical or speech skills will result in some type of behavioral outburst or attitude.


Since kids have trouble expressing the challenges or hardships they face at such a young age, they usually act out unknowingly or unintentionally. We help children and parents alike understand the root causes of social-emotional issues.

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Behavioral Support and Social-Emotional Counseling

Our LCSWs and LCPCs on staff work closely together to help address your child’s primary needs. Their focus is teaching children to identify their emotions and read the feelings of others around them. This is a critical skill for kids to learn as it is what helps them regulate their behavior, develop empathy and understanding of others, and most importantly it gives them a foundation to build healthy relationships.


Without being able to clearly identify their own emotions, children with social-emotional conditions easily feel threatened and even scared by new relationships. They may also act distant to their immediate family.


Child counseling is a sensitive process, and it’s one of the most important ways to improve a child’s wellness and development. Here are the professionals trained to work with you and your child:

We have three Licensed Clinical Social Workers on staff:

  • Carrie, LC Professional Counselor

  • Sarah, LCSW

  • Cathleen, LCSW


Mueller Pediatric Therapy AgencyWe also have nine others on staff who are developmental therapists:

  • Amy, B.S., CDS

  • Anna, B.S., CDS

  • Denise, M.S., Vision Specialist

  • Erin, M.S., CDS

  • Janene, B.S., CDS

  • Jenni, B.S., CDS

  • Jill, M.S., CDS

  • Nadine, M.S., CDS

  • Tanya, M. ED.

Building Social-Emotional Awareness at Home

One of our goals for parents is to gain a better understanding of their child’s behavior. You may be wondering why your method of discipline isn’t effective, or you may not be able to tell what the underlying cause is for your child to act out. Our staff & therapists are motivated to help you find answers and provide explanations as to their recommended treatment.


This sort of therapy is important for any toddlers exhibiting issues between 12 and 36 months. However, if these conditions are not resolved by those times, toddlers above three years of age are essentially “stuck” in a past stage of development until there is intervention with therapy.


As you can see in this table, children most often show signs of behavioral problems in the years immediately following these development stages. The ages of 4-5 are when you should be most concerned with any new patterns or behaviors your child develops.


prevalence rates of behavioral problems in pediatric primary care



// These resources that follow will help you to identify, as a parent, what problem your child might be having. We will ask you and your child a series of questions during your screening as well as a more formal report. We believe there are five key parts to successful social-emotional therapy and behavioral counseling.


#1) Warning Signs: Identifying Developmental Concerns

Many children with behavioral problems have what we might call problems with impulse control or an inability to emotionally regulate. Other kids will very clearly act distant from family members or have another obvious emotional disconnect. Once you notice these issues, contact our staff to set up a developmental screening.


Developmental Screening

#2) Free Screening: Professional Diagnostics

During this screening at our office, we will ask for any of these conditions that you’ve noticed your child exhibiting recently. We may also ask to spend some one-on-one time with your child to assess their behaviors in an isolated situation.


Afterward, we will have an assessment for you and will recommend any services or workshops as we see necessary.

#3) Improving Emotional and Social Health: Emotion Coaching & Activities

We provide a variety of approaches to our counseling and therapy sessions. One of the unique parts of our program are the Groups we hold periodically. Outside of individualized sessions, Groups are a great way for parents to join their child in a safe environment with other families to practice the skills they are learning. Read more here.

#4) Forming Stronger Relationships

One of the ways we measure success is in the development of stronger bonds among members of the family. We provide parents with resources and tips to use in the home that will complement our behavioral counseling sessions.

#5) Improving Communication in the Home

At the conclusion of our sessions, the staff that has worked with your child during this time will give you some final advisement about communicating emotions as a family. By this point, your child should be able to more openly express themselves and know when they are having an outburst should it happen.


If you ever need additional support in these matters at home, feel free to contact our office.

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Additional Articles: Social-Emotional Learning for the Home

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, 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!


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