Prior to opening CSRC, Michelle worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist at Elizabeth Meyer School in Skokie, IL, where she evaluated and treated preschool and kindergarten students, developed Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and participated as part of the Special Education Team. Michelle also worked at the La Grange Area Department of Special Education in the Early Childhood Education and the Phonological Programs.
Throughout her experiences, Michelle has developed special interests in articulation and phonological disorders, childhood apraxia of speech and early literacy instruction. Michelle is trained in the Orton-Gillingham Approach to Reading Instruction and has many years of experience working with children diagnosed with reading disorders, such as dyslexia. She is also trained in the PROMPT method for childhood apraxia of speech and continually pursues opportunities to expand her knowledge of other new and developing therapeutic techniques.
Michelle received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Northwestern University.
During her graduate studies, she gained experience working with children with a variety of speech and language difficulties such as articulation, language, pragmatics and voice disorders. She also implemented AAC and feeding therapy. Jessica provided services for children as young as 18 months old through Missouri’s Early Intervention Program, First Steps. Additionally, she provided bilingual language services, hearing screenings and facilitated the teaching of low-tech augmentative and alternative communication for children in orphanages and public schools in Mexico while in graduate school.
Following graduation, Jessica worked in a public school district, servicing students with Individualized Education Plans. She collaborated with other professionals on a special education team for students with autism spectrum disorder, articulation/phonology deficits, childhood apraxia of speech, fluency deficits and expressive/receptive language delays.
Jessica is trained in the Orton-Gillingham Approach to reading instruction.
Chelsea is very enthusiastic and has a strong desire for furthering her clinical experience and knowledge within this profession. She has had a variety of very successful pediatric experiences including a placement at Southbury Elementary School in Oswego, Illinois and positions at Liberty Elementary School and Hampshire High School in Algonquin, IL, working with elementary and high school age children. Through these experiences, she began developing a passion for the pediatric population and helping children improve communication through a variety of strategies.
In addition, Chelsea also spent time at the OSF St. Paul Medical Center providing services to infants, children, and adolescents. These children were experiencing developmental or behavioral difficulties and had received diagnoses such as feeding issues, C.H.A.R.G.E. syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome and autism spectrum disorders.
Chelsea is trained in the Orton-Gillingham Approach to Reading Instruction and enjoys working with children who have been diagnosed with dyslexia and other reading disorders.
In addition to providing speech and language therapy services through CSRC, Lauren works for Chicago Public Schools as a speech-language pathologist. She provides therapy services for students ranging in age from preschool to high school. Lauren evaluates, develops and implements IEPs with a special education team including families, teachers, and therapists. She has experience working with a variety of disorders including autism spectrum disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, developmental delays, genetic/chromosomal syndromes, feeding, articulation/phonology, fluency, expressive and receptive language delays/deficits, and reading disorders.
Lauren has additional training in implementing AAC (augmentative and alternative communication) devices to aid in communication. Her AAC trainings include, but are not limited to, PECS, NOVA Chat, TouchChat and LAMP. Additionally, Lauren has received training in the Orton-Gillingham Approach to reading instruction. She frequently pursues continuing education in the areas of speech and language that she is passionate about in order to better serve the needs of her children and families. Lauren looks forward to working with the families of Chicago Speech and Reading Center.
Dana is a native of the Chicagoland area. After finishing her degree, she relocated back to the city of Chicago to begin her professional career as a Speech-Language Pathologist.
Along with working for CSRC, Andrea works for Chicago Public Schools, providing services for students ranging from preschool through middle school. She has experience evaluating and treating students presenting with a variety of disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Fluency Disorders, Intellectual Disabilities, Developmental Delays, Articulation and Phonological Disorders, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Hearing Impairments, and Language-Based Learning Disabilities. Andrea has additional training in implementing AAC (augmentative and alternative communication) devices to aid in communication including PECS, Dynavox, and TouchChat. Andrea is also trained in the Orton-Gillingham Approach to Reading Instruction.
Andrea believes that caregivers are a vital part of our team and provides strategies and activities to facilitate speech and language development at home. Andrea seeks out opportunities to further expand her knowledge in different and developing therapeutic techniques.
Along with working at CSRC, Megan works at Manor Care in Oak Lawn, IL providing inpatient rehabilitation services to adults with swallowing, expressive/receptive language, and cognitive-linguistic disorders.
During her experiences, Katie has developed special interests in receptive/expressive language delays/disorders, articulation disorders and Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). She is trained in the SOS Approach to Feeding method and has experience incorporating these techniques while working with feeding clients. Katie continually pursues opportunities to expand her knowledge of other new and developing therapeutic techniques.
Katie received a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences from Eastern Illinois University and a Master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Samantha worked as Speech-Language Pathologist at a New York City based Speech Pathology clinic, where she evaluated and treated children from the ages of 3 to 18, provided home therapy sessions. She also worked in a middle school in Washington Heights, New York, where she worked with bilingual students, developed individualized education plans, and participated as part of the Special Education Team.
Throughout her experiences, Samantha has developed special interests in articulation and phonological disorders, pragmatic language disorders, childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), auditory processing disorders and early literacy instruction. Samantha continually pursues opportunities to expand her knowledge of other new and developing therapeutic techniques.
Samantha is a member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence. She also holds a certification as a Teacher of Students with Speech-Language Disabilities (TSSLD) as well as certification as an Autism Specialist. Samantha is trained in the Orton-Gilingham Approach to Reading Instruction and PROMPT method for CAS. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and Journalism from the University of Iowa and a Master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology from New York University.