Katie Kurtz

Katie Kurtz

Devepmental Therapist and Clinical Social Worker 

Katie recently moved to Grayslake from Columbus, Ohio. She is a Developmental Therapist and Clinical Social Worker. Katie attended University of Dayton for her undergrad in Early Childhood Education. She then  moved to Chicago where she received a Masters in Child Development from the Erikson Institute and a Masters in Social Work from Loyola University of Chicago. In her work with families, Katie combines her mental health training with her knowledge in child development.

Katie's experience in working with children has included Autism Spectrum Disorder, sensory-processing issues, medical issues, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, attachment disorders, genetic disorders and developmental delays. She has worked with a wide range of ages from birth to adults in a variety of settings (home, clinic, schools). Her philosophy is to look at the whole child within the family context. She views parents as the expert on their child and she assists them with understanding and supporting their child's needs. Katie's true passion is working with children with Autism using the DIR/Floortime theory. She is trained as a P.L.A.Y. Project Home Consultant where she coaches parents on using methods and strategies to connect with their child and provide opportunities for engagement and interaction.

Outside of work Katie enjoys spending time with her family, walking her dog, reading, being outdoors, yoga and traveling. 

My name is Katie Kurtz and I have recently moved to Grayslake from Columbus, Ohio. I started with Pediatric Interactions and am now a credentialed Developmental Therapist and in the process of transferring my Clinical Social Work license. I will also be submitting my application to become an evaluator in the near future, so I can do initial and global evaluations for annuals.

I want to let you know a little bit about my background.

  • I received my Masters in Child Development from the Erikson Institute and a Masters in Social Work from Loyola University of Chicago.
  • In Ohio I worked as an Early Intervention Specialist for the county managing a team of specialists (OT, PT, SLP) and providing developmental intervention to families. Services are also provided in the child's home in Ohio.
  • My experience in working with children has included Autism Spectrum Disorder, sensory-processing issues, medical issues, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, attachment disorders and developmental delays. I have worked with a wide range of ages from birth to adults in a variety of settings (home, clinic, schools).
  • My philosophy is to look at the whole child within the family context. I recognize parents as the expert on their child and I assist them with understanding and supporting their child's needs. I provide most of my interventions through coaching the families to use specific strategies.
  • My true passion is working with children with Autism using the DIR/Floortime theory.  I love helping parents connect with their child and providing opportunities for regulation, engagement and interaction and further development of other skills.