OUR APPROACH AND MISSION
PLAY. LEARN. CREATE. CONNECT. GROW.
At Lakeview Speech and Language Clinic, building relationships with our clients is at the forefront of our work. Strong rapport has a significant and positive impact on therapy progress, and our goal is to deliver evidence-based therapy that affects meaningful and lasting growth.
We also understand the power of using fun and creativity to provide rewarding speech and language therapy. We skillfully incorporate “play-based” therapy and gamification into all of our sessions, whether we are working with young children, older kids, teens, or adults!
We believe that communication is a human right and we follow a relationship-based model of therapy that is centered on respect, dignity, and bodily autonomy. Our clinicians presume competence in all of our clients; this begins with the mindset that everyone has the capacity and desire to think, learn, and communicate even if they need support.
In our effort to be the allies and advocates that our clients deserve, we listen to the perspectives of autistic and differently abled people, and embrace the neurodiversity movement.
Emily is a licensed speech and language pathologist earning her Masters degree in 2009 from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She has extensive experience working in Early Childhood and with elementary-age children. She specializes in autism spectrum disorders, language delays and disorders, phonological, and articulation disorders. Emily is formally trained in Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP), Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets. (PROMPT), and Social Thinking. Her experience working in the schools helps her to collaborate with school teams and other service providers in order to create a comprehensive plan for her clients. Emily lives in Elmhurst with her husband and son.
Erica is a Speech-Language Pathologist holding a Master of Science in Speech, Language, and Learning from Northwestern University. She has worked with children of various ages in clinical, hospital, and early childhood settings. Erica believes that children learn best through play, and strives to provide personalized, functional activities that are fun and motivating for her clients. While obtaining her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, she completed an honors thesis in the Bilingual Language & Literacy lab which focused on bilingual children's acquisition of syntax. She is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and holds a current State of Illinois license. In her free time, Erica likes to read, cook, travel or spend time with her husband and cat, Frodo.
Holly, a licensed speech-language pathologist, earned her Master of Health Science in Communication Disorders from Governors State University in University Park, IL in 2015. Holly has experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults in the school setting with a focus on autism spectrum disorder, augmentative and alternative communication, language disorder, and executive functioning. Holly is dedicated to forming respectful, trusting relationships with clients and their families. She believes in providing therapy services that are individualized, motivating, functional, and collaborative. Holly lives in Oak Park with her family. In her free time, Holly enjoys walking her dog Daisy, reading sci-fi/fantasy novels, exploring the outdoors, and tinkering with home improvement projects.
EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT TEAM
Katie is a licensed SLP with experience working in public schools, charter schools, therapeutic day schools, private outpatient clinics, inpatient acute rehab and private practice. She has experience ranging from premature babies through hospice care. After a couple years outside the therapy world working as a British immigration officer, she graduated from Rush University in 2012. Now, she owns Imagination Therapy LLC, with a passion and focus on executive functions. She is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and holds a current State of Illinois license. Katie lives in Forest Park with her 8 year old dog Lady, who comes with her to trivia night! She also loves riding her bike, even in cool weather.
Sarah earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Communicative Disorders from California State University, Long Beach. Since graduating in 2002, she has enthusiastically provided speech, language, and communication therapy to children and adults with diverse profiles in a variety of settings including schools and private practices. She enjoys singing, and has studied operatic vocal performance since childhood. Theatre remains a passion, and it shows in her unique therapeutic style. She is passionate about building meaningful connections with her clients and their families or caregivers. Sarah is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and holds a current State of Illinois license. In her free time, Sarah enjoys the outdoors, reading sci-fi/ comic-books, and watching cartoons.
Owner, Tracy, studied at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where she earned her Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She has provided speech and language therapy to children since 2007, specializing in autism spectrum disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, language delay, as well as speech sound disorders. Tracy is passionate about incorporating play and movement into exciting, motivational therapy. She is dedicated to collaborating with clients and their families to develop functional, individualized, and evidence-based therapy plans. She is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and holds a current State of Illinois license. Tracy lives in Oak Park with her family and loves to do home improvement projects on their 100 year old home.
Carmen is a retired head preschool teacher at a private school in Chicago. Since retiring from teaching, she has enjoyed working with several families as a childcare provider. Her passion has always been early childhood education. Carmen embraces everyone's different learning style, and has learned to adapt her teaching style according to her students and their specific needs. She believes in experiential, "hands-on" learning and encourages her students to be active participants in their education. Carmen is bilingual (Spanish-English); she was born and raised in Ecuador, but has spent most of her life in Illinois. She enjoys painting, drawing, coloring, sewing, photography, board games, and music.
Sophie is a suburban Chicago native who has been teaching, singing and acting her way around Chicago. After graduating with a BFA degree in Acting from Western Michigan University, Sophie worked with First Folio Theatre, Brown Paper Box Co, Chicago Children's Theatre and Strawdog Theatre before shifting her focus to teaching. As a teaching artist she has written and taught improvisation and creative play-making curriculum to Kindergarten - 5th graders, working at Mudlark Theater, Northlight Theatre, Writers Theatre and Blue Lake Fine Arts camp. For the past four years, Sophie has worked as a paraprofessional in Kindergarten - 3rd grade Special Education classrooms through the Niles Township District for Special Education (NTDSE).
Helen is currently working towards her Master's Degree in Speech, Language, and Learning at Northwestern University. She also earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern, studying cognitive science and communication disorders. Helen has experience providing academic support in elementary and middle school subjects, and has extensive personal experience working with students of all ages and grades. She is bilingual in English and Korean and committed to serving a diverse clientele with compassion and expertise. Originally from sunny Los Angeles, she loves running on the beach, her rescue dog, and basketball.
Tammy graduated Cum Laude from DePaul University with a degree in Human Development. During her time as an undergraduate student, she mentored students through Chicago Public Schools, tutored students through the Boys and Girls Club ages 5-14, and worked closely with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital to raise awareness for children suffering from chronic illnesses. She has also worked at a multidisciplinary clinic with an Early-Denver Start model. Tammy strives to make each activity enjoyable by focusing on and adapting to the learning style of each child. Tammy is a speech-language pathology graduate student at Northwestern University who speaks both English and Vietnamese.