Ismail Umer

Ismail was a theater geek (and still is, really) in high school, enjoys playing board games in his spare time, and is on an eternal quest to create the perfect chili cheese dog.

Ismail completed his B.S. in Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and M.S. in Occupational Therapy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During his master’s program, he received certification from the Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental Diseases (LEND) program through the Waisman Center. For his master’s research, he studied families of children with special needs, examining the relationship between caregiver stress and their children’s unmet health care needs. He finished his clinical fieldwork at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago pediatrics department, working extensively with children with cerebral palsy and other neurological disorders. Ismail has experience in Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT), interoception, activities of daily living adaptives, functional use of modalities, play-based therapy, and sensory strategies. Previously, Ismail worked at a school for children with autism, was a respite care provider, and was a summer camp counselor for individuals with special needs. When he’s not at work, Ismail can likely be found somewhere outside or at a table with some combination of good friends, good food and good board games. Ismail is thrilled to be here and is excited to work with CI clients and their families.