Today we’d like to introduce you to Brooke Schneider.
Brooke, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
For as long as I can remember, I have always gravitated towards others who needed a little extra support, that little extra push, that coach in their corner. I wanted to make sure that every person I met walked away with a smile. That was me as a little kid. In high school, I was a peer mentor. I remember meeting a peer that was the same age as me. He was non-verbal, in a wheel chair, communicated through a computer and had the most amazing attitude. We worked everyday together. Every single day, he left our visits with a smile. Who knew that this experience would pave the way for the rest of my career?
As I continued on to college, I knew what I wanted to do. I knew that I wanted to make a difference in the lives of children. The only problem was, I wasn’t exactly sure where to start. I had so many ideas. So many dreams.
My very first class at the University of Kansas (Go Jayhawks!) was psychology 104. The class was in a massive auditorium with well over 400 students. The professor was extremely intimidating. He was THAT professor. The brilliant one who everyone just listened to but never spoke to. Except for me. After that first week, I stayed after class, mustered up enough strength and courage to tell him exactly what I wanted to do and asked him what I could do to make that happen. He said, meet me at 5:00. That day, we went to a children’s hospital. He introduced me to a few of the children and I interacted with many of them in a tiny room with 1 double sided mirror and a few toys. The excitement and pure joy that these kids had while we interacted so amazing. I fell in love with the kids and it confirmed exactly what I wanted to do. I graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Human Development and Family Living with a minor in Sign language.
After graduating, I continued my education and I received my masters in Special Education from Loyola University of Chicago.
I have been in private practice since 2005. It was always a dream of mine to open my own practice and I made that dream a reality in March of 2016. We opened the doors of Orange Pediatric Therapy and it has been absolutely amazing!
Has it been a smooth road?
For the most part, it has been pretty smooth! When I first started out, I had many different people offering their advice about how to run the company. How to do things…who to hire…etc. The advice was great and I listened to all but this was my chance. Finally my chance to live out my dream and I couldn’t let anyone cloud that vision. I had a vision and I went with it. Of course, there were some obstacles that I had to figure out but when you love what you do, you figure it out!
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Orange Pediatric Therapy – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
When you come to Orange you get “me”. You see the founder. You see the clinical director. I am not behind the scenes. I am either at my desk or I am 5 minutes away. Every single client who walks through our door has my cell phone number. There is no 800 number. There is no secretary taking my calls or transfer from one person to another person to another just to get a hold of me. If a client emails or texts me at midnight, I respond (as long as I am awake!!) That is who I am. I love what I do. My clients joke that it is the “Cheers” of therapy clinics! It’s true though, I do know everyone’s name and I even know their siblings name!!
I started Orange Pediatric Therapy because I needed a way to combine my 2 passions: helping others and being with my family. My husband, Jonathan, and I have 2 beautiful children. Our daughter, Yali, is 20 months and our son, Dylan, is 4 months! I conveniently opened Orange 6 minutes from my house so that I could be available to my clients at any time. I truly believe that is what we are known for. People come to Orange because of who we are. We are an amazing group of therapists who get “it”. We will do everything and anything for our families and the success of the children.
We are the premier center for Applied Behavior Analysis and the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities in the Chicagoland area. Our clinic is located in Skokie. We also work with parents and teachers, provide sleep consultation, feeding therapy, educational tutoring, social groups and potty training. Orange Pediatric Therapy serves as a practicum site for the supervision and training of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology graduate students in their journey of becoming Board Certified Behavior Analysts.
I often get asked, “Why Orange? Is it your favorite color?” Well, Yes! It actually is! But that is not the only reason why I chose Orange as the name of my practice. I wanted something that didn’t sound like a therapy place. I wanted something that sounded fun. Something that a child or a teen wouldn’t mind telling their friends that they are going to! If you google the psychology of orange, it states that it radiates warmth, happiness, cheerfulness, confidence, playful and energy. That is who we are!! We even have a LED light up pool in our sensory room and a pop-a-shot basketball game… what is more fun than that?!?!
- Address: Orange Pediatric Therapy
5225 Old Orchard Rd.
Suite 15, Skokie, Illinois 60077
- Website: www.orange4kidz.com
- Phone: 847. 779.3278
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/orange4kidz/
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