A new therapeutic clinic for children with learning disabilities and chronic illnesses like autism and multiple sclerosis is slated to expand this month into Ahwatukee Foothills.
Piller Child Development plans to launch a second location northeast of 51st Street and Elliot Road, just across from the Ahwatukee Foothills News. Eventually, it will be capable of providing pediatric occupational therapy for up to 300 children a week, said Glenn Piller, operations director.
"A job of the child is to play. We use play in order to help the children learn different things. Using crafts and games and things like that, we can really get in touch with them," he said. "It's enjoyable for them. They know it's a fun place to be."
Piller's wife, Aimee, is a specialist in pediatric occupational therapy and sensory integration. The curriculum is meant to help with such things as improving motor skills and coordination, social skills and school work.
"We work with kids that have developmental or learning disabilities or behavior problem," she said. "Our bodies are constantly bombarded with incoming sensory information. A lot of kids have trouble processing it. We see poor learning, poor behavior, difficulty learning how to read, things like that."
The clinic's original location, on Queen Creek Road west of Cooper Road in Chandler, has been swamped with applicants since it opened last May, Aimee said.
"We're kind of busting at the seams there," she said. "Several of our clients already come from Ahwatukee."
Aimee said she enjoys working with children and initially planned to be a teacher.
"I looked at the kids that were struggling and I wanted to do something for them," she said.