18350 Crossing Drive | Tinley Park, IL 60487

708-342-5200 | info@stcil.org

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Building Futures for People with Developmental Disablities

Dawn Angelini

Director of Education/Principal

Melanie Gilman

Board Certified Behavior Analyst


Dani Diliberto

Licensed Clinical Social Worker/





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Occupational Therapy


Occupational therapy focuses on helping people across their lifespan participate in the activities they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday occupations. Occupational therapists help individuals achieve goals in numerous areas of occupation:


  • Activities of daily living (ADLs)

  • Instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs)

  • Rest and sleep

  • Education

  • Work

  • Play and leisure, and

  • Social participation


Kennedy School’s occupational therapist employs a variety of evidence based treatment interventions into each individualized therapy session. One of the focuses of occupational therapy treatment at Kennedy School is based on the sensory processing of an individuals’ nervous system. The occupational therapist creates and implements an individualized sensory diet for the students when appropriate. Sensory processing examines the following:


  • The way the nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into appropriate motor and behavioral responses.

  • The way in which sensation affects development

  • Intervention strategies that enhance information processing, praxis, and engagement in daily life for individuals