Gaylene Oesterreich, M.A. Speech-Language Pathologist
Gaylene started her career working for Glenview/Northbrook School District 30 where she participated in numerous hours of professional development focusing on teaching reading and writing to children of all ages. In 2004, she relocated to Plainfield Illinois to be closer to her extended family. Working at Lincoln Elementary School in District 202 for 17 years has been an amazing experience for Gaylene. Being a lifelong learner is important to her which is evident by her additional 60 credit hours of education past her Master’s Degree in Speech and Language Pathology. After 30 years as a Speech and Language Pathologist, she is excited to finally be at the point in her career where she can share her expertise with students and parents outside of the school setting. She is excited to providing services through teletherapy and in person learning on her WonderBus! She hopes to have many families enjoy this adventure with her!
Tracy Mihaljevic, M.A Learning Behavior Specialist
Tracy Mihaljevic has been working for Plainfield School District 202 for 21 years as a Special Education teacher. She holds Masters Degrees in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Leadership. Tracy has worked with children of all ages with a variety of disabilities. Tracy has been a true lifelong learner. She has studied the art of using visual arts, dance and creativity to enhance her method of teaching self awareness and regulation. She has a great deal of success utilizing these methods to increase focus and attention in students of all ages. She is a certified Yoga instructor and has studied various forms of dance. Nutrition and wellness are special areas of interest for Tracy. She uses her knowledge of the arts and wellness to foster the development of the students educational, social emotional and wellness needs.
Striving to work together with families to identify the needs of individuals is our main focus. While treatment focuses mainly on the child, we also want to provide families with a better understanding of how to help the child, read IEPs, or provide emotional support. During our sessions, you won’t see us doing worksheets very often as our philosophy is that everyone learns more effectively through activities and play. We work off the principle that worksheets don’t grow dendrites. Dendrites are little finger like nerve endings that work to connect neurons. The more dendrites you have, the better the connection! We work to grow dendrites in our clients.