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Nonprofit Helps Children Reach Important Developmental Milestones

CHICAGO, IL -- (Marketwired) -- 11/20/13 --, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about early motor, sensory, and communication delays in children, hosted a dinner commemorating its 29th anniversary on Monday, November 18, 2013 at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago. The event was attended by more than 400 guests and raised $1.2 million to help in the creation and distribution of free educational resources on child development.

The dinner celebration commenced with a welcome from the Chairman of McDonald's Corporation and Schwarz Supply Source, Andrew J. McKenna, and a short introduction to the evening's program by master of ceremonies, award-winning journalist, Bill Kurtis. Aimee Halstuk, a former patient of the Center in Glenview, Ill. spoke about the importance of early treatment and described the personal benefits she received from early therapy. Halstuck recently returned to to mentor young girls by hosting a Friday Night Girls Club where girls ages six to nine came together to socialize and support each other.

The evening's program concluded by detailing the numerous accomplishments of creation of 40+ educational videos on YouTube which currently receive more than 4,000 views a day, educational outreach to 70+ Chicagoland medical residency and health education programs, distribution of more than 300 "Course to Go" educational tools that spread information on the detection of early motor delays, and much more.

Funds raised by the event will help continue to provide free resources on children's motor, sensory, and communication development for parents and health professionals all over the world. would like to thank the contributors whose generosity will enable to continue improving the lives of children and their families.

For more information and resources on early developmental delays, visit or call (800) 955-2445.

To make a contribution to please visit:


Since 1985, has used evidence based research and multimedia to promote each child's fullest inclusion. strives to empower health professionals and parents with knowledge of the benefit of early detection and intervention for children's motor, sensory, and communication development. The infant milestones brochure has been recognized and endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners as a definitive resource concerning early development. also has an outpatient clinic that offers best practice pediatric occupational, physical, and speech therapy, and provides postgraduate training to health professionals. Pathways to Inclusion suggests methods to welcome all abilities and their families into communities, sports, schools and houses of faith. For more information, call the toll-free parent answered hotline at 1.800.955.CHILD (2445) or email is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit public foundation.

Contact information Melissa Eichstead 312-893-6620

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