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Who We Are

We are a pediatric multi-disciplinary therapy clinic offering Speech-Language / Feeding Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Developmental Therapy services as well as Group Therapies. We also offer home-based services through the IL-Early Intervention Program. Our clinic specializes in Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing issues. We are located in Niles, Illinois, about thirty miles northwest of downtown Chicago.

Meet the Owner

Smita Joshi Assential TherapiesAssential Therapies Inc is owned by Smita Joshi, a speech-language pathologist with over 15 years of experience. Smita graduated with a Masters in Speech Language Pathology from Southwest Missouri State University, MO (now called Missouri State University). Since then she was worked in a variety of work settings including pediatric outpatients, IL Early Intervention, Schools, facility for developmentally delayed individuals and adult long-term care facilities. Smita specializes in treating feeding and swallowing disorders in pediatric populations.

Our Mission

Our clinic was established in 2003. Our goals are twofold:

  1. To offer multidisciplinary therapy services to our families
  2. As a multidisciplinary clinic, our mission is to provide family focused intervention to children in our community to help them achieve near normal function and maximize their potential so that they can be productive and function as independent individuals in society.

  3. To establish a feeding clinic
  4. As a feeding clinic, our vision is to provide opportunity for every child to experience pleasures of oral feedings by establishing swallow safety and promote oral nutrition.

Our mission is to develop a multidisciplinary feeding clinic built around the best professionals in all the therapy disciplines. We seek to provide a stimulating work environment for our therapists so that they can grow as a therapist. We believe that “Happy therapists provide better patient care”. Often, a child requires more than one therapy and the child's issues are inter-related. When therapists from different disciplines work in sync on the same issues, it creates an opportunity for the issues to be viewed with different perspectives and hence leads to the best possible results for the patient. We firmly believe that this approach also brings the best out of our therapists.