Beth Deiter is an experienced pediatric speech-language pathologist whose home-based service delivery model holds a unique niche in Chicago’s northwest suburbs. As a therapist who sees the big picture, Beth also acknowledges the isolation that can accompany the responsibility of caring for a child who receives therapy services and appreciates the reassurance that can be gained from participating in a group of individuals with shared experiences and ideas. Therefore, over the past several years, Beth has become a strong advocate for establishing an inclusive community of compassionate and supportive caregivers both online and in-person. She looks forward to continuing this initiative as the Founder and Board Chair of C.I.T.Y. of Support, and she is so very appreciative of her own family’s support in this endeavor. Her husband, Chris, and her two children, Cecilia and Elliott, have been beyond patient in understanding her new time commitments, and yet they are just as excited to see what new adventures lie ahead.
Dana Schafer is an elementary school teacher and mother to a remarkable, feisty 5 year old daughter who was born at 24 weeks. As a fierce advocate for NICU families, she is the founder of A Feisty Little Miracle foundation, which brings gift bags to families enduring an extended stay in the hospital. Therapy services have been a part of her family’s life ever since Ayla came home from a 121 day NICU stay. Seeking advice from a variety of professionals as well as learning strategies to facilitate Ayla’s growth is something that Dana and her husband Matt have great experience with. Dana is passionate about advocating for her daughter’s needs as well as providing support to families in need of interventions for their child. She marvels watching Ayla reach milestones at her own pace. As a mother of a child who receives a variety of therapy services, Dana provides a unique perspective in understanding that every child has great potential for success.
James Weedon is a Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician and works with families to evaluate, diagnose, and manage ongoing developmental or behavioral problems for children. He is the father to three young children who help keep him up to date on all the newest trends and video games to give him street cred with his patients, although he is young at heart himself. Dr. Weedon works with families to navigate the maze of Early Intervention, Special Education, private therapies, and medical interventions. He is a strong supporter of building communities where knowledge and acceptance of children with special needs is the norm and community programs and activities are accessible to all.
Casey Beedon is a speech-language pathologist who works in Early Intervention. She has experience working with children from birth-16 years old in the outpatient, hospital and early intervention settings. She enjoys working closely with families to understand their own unique experiences and needs. Since becoming a parent nearly 13 years ago, she has developed a greater understanding of parents concerns, needs, and hopes for their own children. She is excited to be a part of C.I.T.Y of Support to further help families on their own unique journey.
Alexis Rabe is a teacher and the mother of two energetic boys. She has personally experienced the benefits of speech therapy with both of her children. Through the needs of her sons, Alexis and her husband, Andrew, have learned to navigate Early Intervention and the resources available. Her oldest son, Connor, met his speech goals 3 years ago, and her younger son, Jack, currently receives speech therapy services through EI. Watching both her children experience such gains makes Alexis a strong advocate for Early Intervention services.