For Immediate Release
February 28, 2020
Normal, IL – Marcfirst CEO, Brian Wipperman, announces that Marcfirst Pediatric Therapy, formerly known as SPICE (Services for Parent, Infant and Child Education), will be expanding to provide more services for children in McLean County.
Marcfirst Pediatric Therapy will be moving out of its 1,000-square-foot space at the Marcfirst building on Hunt Drive into its new, 4,700-square-foot location at 1302 Franklin Avenue, on the grounds of Advocate BroMenn Medical Center. The new space will feature a state-of-the-art sensory gym, motor gym, individual therapy rooms, group therapy rooms and a casting space.
Since July 2019, Marcfirst Pediatric Therapy has served over 500 children, and that number is expected to reach 700 by this summer. In comparison, Marcfirst provided services to 400 children in 2017. Marcfirst Pediatric Therapy provides early intervention services to children birth to three-years-old. The team also provides occupational, physical, speech, feeding and social-emotional therapies to children up to age 14. When the new Pediatric Center opens, behavioral therapy services will be available to all children.
“This expansion is so needed in our community. We have amazing therapists and now we will have an amazing space that matches their skills, gifts and talents. We hope to continue being the largest provider of pediatric therapy services in McLean County for years to come,” said Wipperman.
In conjunction with the expansion of Marcfirst Pediatric Therapy, the Director of SPICE, Christy Kosharek, has been named the Vice President of Pediatric Therapy. Kosharek has a background in developmental psychology and has been with Marcfirst her entire professional career.
“Everyone should be so blessed to love what they do, and that is exactly why I am here at Marcfirst. I love the work I do and the people I get to work with,” said Kosharek.
Marcfirst will be hiring more occupational and physical therapists as well as behavioral therapists to meet the growing needs of our community.
The new Pediatric Therapy Center will open Summer 2020.
Marcfirst was established by families in 1955 to address the need for education for people with developmental disabilities and has continued to provide services for a lifetime of supports. In the last 60+ years, Marcfirst has been at the forefront of supporting individuals as they reach their full potential through integration into our Bloomington-Normal community. Marcfirst’s mission is to connect families and people with developmental disabilities to their community through a lifetime of meaningful supports. Marcfirst envisions a community that encourages and accepts all people. Marcfirst operates a $6 million annual budget supporting over 800 children and adults with developmental disabilities.
Marcfirst provides a number of programs to support individuals through all stages of life. SPICE Pediatric Therapy meets the needs of children with developmental disabilities or delays from birth to 14-years. The High School Transition Program creates a bridge between school life and future adult services. Marcfirst’s Supported Employment Program creates opportunities for successful community employment. The Residential and Day Programs offer a supportive environment, providing the skills needed to gain more independence and enhance quality of life. Marcfirst is proud to serve over 800 children and adults with developmental disabilities in McLean County to reach their potential.