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Widen the Lens: Hidden Forces That Shape Kids

The forces that shape kids are not always visible. This book provides a roadmap for slowing down and contemplating new ways of understanding your family’s and child’s circumstances, in ways big and small.

Using real-life examples and straightforward guidance, Widen The Lens: Hidden Forces That Shape Kids will allow you to:


  • Take a step back to see the big picture.
  • Identify which environmental influences are acting on you and your child.
  • Consider if the routines you take for granted are leading to the outcomes you want.

About the Author

Kerry Galarza, MS OTR/L

Kerry is a pediatric occupational therapist at the Midwest Institute & Center for Workplace Innovation. She provides specialized assessment and intervention with children of all ages and their families. Kerry engages clients with naturally occurring, meaningful home-based methods to empower autonomy and maximize functioning. While providing focused experience in sensory processing disorder and the autism spectrum, Kerry partners with the network of professionals collaborating in the targeted care of each child’s circumstances. Kerry also provides family-centered occupational therapy services addressing a range of developmental delays in collaboration with the Illinois Early Intervention Program.

Earning her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences and a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Illinois, along with extensive training and an Associate’s degree in Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Kerry specializes in helping her clients navigate the impact of the environment on their ability to thrive holistically.


Midwest Institute is a premier counseling, coaching and therapy firm located in Elmhurst, IL, serving adults, children, families & companies interested in optimizing health. Providing developmental therapies, wellness services, career counseling & executive coaching, we help clients in Elmhurst, Oakbrook, Hinsdale, Downers Grove, Glen Ellyn, Wheaton, and Chicago communities.


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