United Services News

What is Pediatric Occupational Therapy?

  April is Occupational Therapy Month! But what is Pediatric Occupational Therapy? The primary goals of childhood are to grow, learn, and play. It is often through play that children learn to make sense of the world around them. It is a child’s “job” or “occupation” to play to develop physical coordination, emotional maturity, social skills … Continued

Autism Eats dining event

On Sunday, April 15 from noon to 3 p.m., West County Center, in partnership with Autism Speaks, will host its first Autism Eats event at three of the center’s most popular restaurants: Bravo! Cucina, J. Gilbert’s Wood-Fired Steaks and Seafood and McCormick & Schmick’s.  During this special occasion, families will be able to enjoy a relaxing meal … Continued


Determined to push forward

With her determination and spirit, 5-year-old Ella has melted many hearts at United Services. Ella could only crawl when she arrived here three years ago. Since then, we have watched her learn to stand and walk – assisted by her pink, wheeled walker and her physical therapist, Allison. Ella has cerebral palsy, which has given … Continued


New young professionals group tours center

Earlier this month, we were thrilled to welcome our new Play Makers young professionals group and give them a guided tour of United Services for Children’s St. Peters facility. Occupational Therapist Erin Wisemore led the group through the building’s classrooms and activity spaces. She explained how we use therapeutic and early intervention techniques and equipment … Continued


Golf chairwoman is committed to the community

Between golf and banking, Stacia Peterson sees a lot of green. She is the energetic chairwoman of the FORE the Children planning committee, a position she has held for four of the six years she has played in the golf tournament. “I’m an avid golfer,” Stacia said. “It’s my passion. I love bringing new people … Continued


Puppy Training

Chip, our new service dog, is completing the early part of his training at The Yuppy Puppy pet spa. He has focused on getting imprinted on his handler, Miranda, so he will trust her with everything she will be asking him to do. Potty training is very important at this early stage. He has gotten … Continued


Spring Break!

United Services Early Intervention programs will be closed for Spring Break March 12-16. This includes Kiddin’ Around, Building Blocks and Building Blocks Intensive.


Families are helping advance research

Children and families from United Services are volunteering to participate in research studies that will advance the diagnosis and treatment of autism. Recently published studies report that functional neuroimaging of high-risk, 6-month-old infants predicts a diagnosis of autism at 24 months of age (Emerson, 2017). Infant viewing of social scenes is under genetic control and … Continued


A family gives back

The Drohr family of Wentzville made sure children would have a clean place to play when the weather turns warm. Tom and Sandy Drohr on March 2 brought their two sons, 13-year-old Aiden and 10-year-old Garrett, to help clean United Services’ outdoor playground. The family swept leaves and debris that had accumulated over the winter, … Continued