Language, Literacy, and Social Communication

Red Flags of a Language Disorder

  • Slow to talk & short simple sentences

  • Tantrums & behaviors for young children

  • Less peer-based play

  • Difficulty following directions

  • Grammar errors (e.g., "Him running", "Her runned")

  • Deficits in reading comprehension

  • Poor academic performance despite the child's potential

  • May struggle with peer relationships

  • May appear withdrawn, confused, inattentive, or academically unmotivated

Claire's doctoral training means that her clinical practice is cutting-edge and includes the latest research on language, literacy, and social communication. At the heart of her clinical practice, Claire seeks to connect with each individual student, help them see their true potential, re-engage them in learning, and create the buy-in necessary for long-term success. She enjoys working with clients, their parents, and professional team to remove barriers and implement individualized strategies for everyday social and academic success.


With a decade of training in linguistics, language development, and language disorders, Claire is a specialist with doctoral training in:

  • assessing and treating language and literacy disorders

  • specific language impairment, developmental language disorders, and mixed receptive-expressive language disorder

  • dyslexiaADHDautism spectrum disorder, and dysgraphia 


Claire's Training & Credentials:

  • University of Kansas, Ph.D. Candidate in Child Language (expected 2020)

  • Rush University, M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology (2013)

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S. in Speech & Hearing Sciences (2011)

  • Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (2014)

  • Licensed to practice in Missouri, Kansas, and Illinois

Read more about Claire's research here and here.

Is it a Language Disorder or something else?

Symptoms of language disorders are often over-looked or misdiagnosed as something else. If you feel like something isn't quite right, your child isn't meeting their academic & social potential, or his or her current learning disability diagnosis is not correct, you may be right! Language disorder symptoms are hidden and can present as something different. Accurately identifying the underlying language defcitis, however, is what makes treatment effective. Let's do an evaluation to sort it out together.


Both may appear inattentive, but for language disorders, this is not due to distraction but rather struggling to comprehend. Picture sitting in a statistics class and trying to focus when you do not understand the concepts or vocabulary.


Both may appear to have social challenges but for language disorders, this is not due to decreased social motivation but rather insufficient language tools. Picture being in a foreign country with an intermediate language knowledge--you may not understand the jokes or social nuances.


Both may struggle with reading accuracy but students with language disorders will also  strugle to comprehend what they read. Picture trying to understand a sentence that you are able to read but the vocabulary words and sentences are too complex and unfamiliar.


Intellectual Disability

Both may appear to struggle academically but this is due to the highly verbal nature of school and not their cognition. Picture being assessed everyday on your ability to paint a masterpiece--a skill that is hard for you.  How frustrating!

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