(1) Westside goes above and beyond in supporting kids and families.

We view patients as an extension of our own family. We view your choice to get therapy at Westside as the first step in an ongoing, lifelong partnership in helping support your child.

In 2016, when Westside witnessed families struggling to afford vital support for their children, a group of therapists and staff members worked to establish the Westside Foundation as a means to support any child with special needs in Illinois whose family is experiencing hardship. Westside dedicates its people, time, and resources to support the Westside Foundation in fundraising $50,000 annually for these families.

We believe action speaks louder than words when it comes to helping families.

(2) Over 98% of families are “very likely to refer Westside to a friend”

Across review sites (i.e. Facebook, Google),  clinics, timeframes, and therapy services – the theme is the same. Westside has a long-standing track record – spanning decades – of providing the highest quality, most family-centered therapy.

  • “The treatments at Westside Children’s Therapy are cutting edge and the family environment are second to none.“
  • “The experienced therapists and staff feel like an extension of our family. They really care about us and our son’s progress and well-being.”
  • “By choosing Westside Children’s Therapy, you are committing to the best treatment for your child and a relationship that will last a lifetime!
  • “We traveled 30 + miles every week to see them and will do it again.”
  • “Experienced, effective, professional… all in a loving, welcoming family setting. I could go on and on about why I have and will continue to recommend Westside to my family and friends.”
  • “My daughter will ask every day if she’s going to see her speech therapist and her ABA therapist. My daughter gets really excited when we pull up to Westside Children’s Therapy.”

Check out our list of testimonials or read our most recent parent survey.

(3) Westside knows what we stand for.

Westside has a clearly defined set of values that our company lives by. Our hiring processes, performance reviews, promotion and termination decisions, and awards are all centered on our values. This ensures we hire, retain, and award employees that demonstrate their commitment to the Westside Way.

We believe being a great place to work is the difference between being a good company and a great company.

(4) Westside is a 1-stop shop for all therapy needs.

We offer all of our services (physical, occupational, speech, feeding, applied behavior analysis, neurofeedback) in each of our clinics. This makes scheduling easy for children who receive multiple services. Also, our therapists who treat the same children can coordinate on treatment plans.

The Westside experience is convenient for families and maximizes knowledge sharing between therapists.

(5) Westside has the best therapy leadership.

Shari Cassidy – Westside’s Clinical Director of Therapy – has been practicing for over 30 years. Upon graduating from Northwestern University, Shari worked for 12 years at Children’s Memorial Hospital. In 1995, she began private treatment. Through the reputation she built as a leading expert in physical pediatric therapy, her efforts led to Westside, which now consists of a team of over 90 specialists treating thousands of families each year.

Westside’s staff, parents, children, and students are uniquely positioned to learn from the best.

(6) Westside builds the best, most kid-friendly clinics.

Westside spends over twice as much as competitors in building out larger clinics with therapeutically designed equipment and spaces. Here’s why:

  • To have large gyms to house the therapy equipment that kids get excited about: ziplines, rock walls, jumping ledges, etc.
  • To have enough private treatment rooms for focus-intensive therapy
  • To have therapists from every discipline in one location, collaborating on shared kids
  • To have specialty therapy rooms to practice at-home behaviors

Westside views investing in the quality of our clinics as investing in the quality of our therapy. 

(7) Westside therapists are highly trained.

Westside is constantly training therapists. We host seminars from outside specialists, conduct frequent observations, solicit parent feedback, and send therapists to courses to learn the latest techniques. The quality of our therapists is our key differentiator – ask our parents or watch them directly as they share their “Westside Wisdom.”

(8) Westside shows appreciation to families through action.

Westside organizes an annual Fall Fest as a way to provide a safe, Halloween-themed event for kids and families. We go all out:  free food and drinks, Trunk-or-Treating, a Haunted House, kids’ games and prizes, and even appearances from the SWAT team, police department, and fire department. Over 60 volunteers coordinate this event! It is our way of saying thanks in a BIG way to families.

Westside also coordinates Santa Visits, coloring contests, costume contests, and a variety of other non-therapy events throughout the year.