The Starved Rock Regional Center for Therapy & Child Development is expanding occupational therapy services with the recent hire of Elena Gaeta, who will be a full-time occupational therapist at SRRC.
Gaeta will be providing therapy services to children ages birth to 17 years.
April is Occupational Therapy Awareness Month. Occupational therapy is an integral part of early intervention. Occupational therapists help children achieve their developmental milestones such as fine motor and hand-eye coordination. They also help children with sensory processing difficulties.
“There are a shortage of cccupational therapists in the area, and we are thrilled to be able to fill this need in the community thanks to the support of all the businesses and individuals who give their time, talent and treasures to SRRC,” said Tracy Beattie, president and CEO of SRRC, in a press statement.
The therapy team consists of a full-time speech therapist, two part-time speech therapists, and a developmental therapist.
Paula Williamson is the director of the program.
“Elena is a highly qualified therapist that I am sure will bring new ideas, energy and passion to SRRC. We are very lucky to have her on the team,” said Williamson, director of therapy services at SRRC, in a press statement.
Gaeta is from Spring Valley. She completed her undergraduate degree at Clarke University and graduate degree at St. Catherine University. She also holds a nurse’s assistant certification from IVCC and has experience working as a certified athletic trainer and rehabilitation aide.
“I look forward to being part of a team that establishes positive relationships with children and their families, helping the child maximize their potential to grow, learn, and engage in everyday life activities,” Gaeta said in a press statement.