Progressive Pediatrics

Brad Jones, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Brad Jones received his Bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy from Western Michigan University in 1993. The first 7 years of his career was spent working in a multi-disciplinary environment, with highly trained therapist's representing all disciplines. He was provided the experience necessary to develop a more holistic approach to working with children. Brad completed an 8-week certification course in NDT (Neuro-Developmental Treatment), as well training and course work in the DIR/Floortime Model with Stanley Greenspan. Brad is also certified in Therapeutic Listening and has implemented this specialized program with numerous children. Brad has owned and operated Progressive Pediatrics, his own private practice in Northbrook, since 2002. Over the 19 years of his career, he has had the pleasure and opportunity to serve hundreds of families and children with a wide variety of challenges; including, but not limited to, neurological, developmental, Autistic Spectrum, ADD/ADHD, and sensory processing/regulatory deficits.

Julie Conway, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Julie Conway is an occupational therapist. She received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Kansas. Julie began her career in the Chicago Public Schools in 1992. After staying with the schools for 4 years she moved to a clinical setting at City Kids, Inc in Chicago, and then later at Progressive Pediatrics in Northbrook. Julie completed the 8 week Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT) certification course in 1996. She is also experienced with working with children with sensory processing disorders, autism spectrum and related disorders. Julie enjoys working closely with families to help their child reach their maximum potential.

Dr. Diego Casillas, OTD, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Diego Casillas is an occupational therapist with over ten years of experience working in both schools and clinic settings. Diego received his Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Creighton University. He is certified in Sensory Integration, including administering and interpreting the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests. He has co-authored articles in peer reviewed journals in topics such as a critical analysis of sensory integration from a non-linear (Dynamic Systems Theory) perspective. He has conducted and published research in the American Occupational Therapy Association's Special Interest Section on teachers' perspectives of school based occupational Therapy consultation services. Diego has presented on topics such as Dynamic Systems Theory and its application to Occupational Therapy Assessment and Interventions, and Motor Control/Motor Learning, and Handwriting Assessment/ Interventions to occupational Therapy graduate students at multiple universities.

In his practice, Diego utilizes Dynamics Systems Theory, among other theoretical frameworks, to address sensory processing difficulties in children with ADHD, and/or autism spectrum disorders. He has used this approach to collaborate with transdisciplinary teams to address self-regulation, self-management, sensory needs, and occupational and academic dysfunction in a holistic and comprehensive manner. Using this approach has allowed Diego to use his related training in, sound-base therapies (Therapeutic Listening), self-regulation (The Alert Program), practical strategies for working with children with autism spectrum disorders and ADHD, assistive technology, visual perception, handwriting strategies, and sensory integration, to effectively facilitate positive change in his clients.

Laura Kula, OTDR/L, MS
Occupational Therapist

Laura received her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy from Rush University and her doctoral degree from Creighton University. With over 20 years of experience, she has advanced training in areas of pediatrics, including Neonatal Intensive Care training, Sensory Integration (WPS-SIPT certified), and is currently completing her 8-week NDT certification. Laura also has experience teaching in academia, providing educational in-service programs to teachers, and mentoring occupational therapy students. She is passionate about educating families using occupational therapy interventions.