Testimonials

“I am so glad I found Chicago Occupational Therapy!”

What People Are Saying

  • “Shelly is an amazing Occupational Therapist! It is amazing to see the positive impact she has made on CST Academy! Karen and her team are truly inspirational therapists who have a love for working with children and their families!”
  • “Amanda is exceptional in her work as an occupational therapist. She is informative, patient, and kind! She maintains the utmost professionalism when servicing her clients and she provides a highly knowledgeable presence. I would recommend her to anyone!”
  • “My daughter saw Amanda for almost a year, and made absolutely incredible progress. She enjoyed and looked forward to their “play dates,” as we called them. Amanda was very helpful with our communication with my daughter’s preschool as well, making sure they were able to use the same strategies that were helping her in therapy and at home.”

Additional Testimonials

I cannot express my gratitude enough. We have been working with Shelly Sears, our occupational therapist for our five year old for close to six months. In this short time our son has learned more than I could imagine while Shelly has also taught us as parents how to help him. Our son has some sensory issues and we were finding it very difficult to teach him the basics. We would try and it was like beating our heads against a brick wall. Shelly has shown our son ways to cope with tough situations and he has exceeded all of our expectations.

They are so easy to work with, extremely competent, explained concepts and techniques well, and were always able to answer my questions immediately and thoroughly.

Shelly has helped immensely in the growth of our program. Having her on our team has benefited the children, placing them in a position to make great gains.

We absolutely adore Shelly! Our son started with her at 15 months of age, and since then he has made so many gains. She is fun, patient, and kind, not only with our son, but with us as well. She helped to guide us with any questions we had, and often gave us techniques and strategies that we could try at home to further his development. Therapy was never a chore for our son, he loved going every week to see Shelly. I feel like he is a totally different kid, and we owe it all to her. The imprint she left on all of us will last a lifetime. We were so blessed to find her.

I have known Amanda for many years and she’s excellent at what she does. I have been a general education teacher for 6 years and she is the number 1 person I go to when I have questions, need strategies, or just more knowledge to help better support my students.

Shelly is incredible! She worked with my son for 3 + years and always brought out the best
in him. She is experienced, skilled, creative and always brings a positive attitude to everything she does. Under her guidance my son gained leaps and bounds in his motor, cognitive and interpersonal skills. She always expected the best from him, but also was able to compromise to make each session with him fun and positive… a skill I have rarely seen. We were sad to move out of the area and leave Shelly behind.. now we compare every other therapist to Shelly, none have even come close. Everyone with a child with autism should have a “Shelly”!

Amanda is exceptional in her work as an occupational therapist. She is informative, patient, and kind! She maintains the utmost professionalism when servicing her clients and she provides a highly knowledgeable presence. I would recommend her to anyone!

Shelly is a great person and OT! She is kind and caring, but a lot of fun. I have enjoyed all my experiences collaborating with Shelly.

Amanda developed a great rapport with my son. She is conscientious, thorough, thoughtful, positive and friendly. My son had fun with Amanda and I found her to be very knowledgeable and helpful. Highly recommend!