COVID-19 Update:

You and your child's health & safety are my top priorities. I am currently running all assessments and therapy via telehealth (i.e., video conferencing software). Assessment and therapy services remain at the highest levels of care and security. Teletherapy is actually not new to my clinical practice. I have offered telehealth sessions since 2018 to continue services when high school students went off to college. Expanding my telehealth practice in the last few weeks allows me to work with families from a wider geographic range to include the entire states of Illinois, Kansas, and Missouri. Contact me today to inquire about telehealth services. With school closings and school-based limitations for IEP goals, now is the time to give private practice speech therapy a try.

Developmental Language Disorders & Dyslexia

My doctoral training means that my clinical practice is cutting-edge and includes the latest research on developmental language disorder & dyslexia testing and therapy. At the heart of my clinical practice, I aim 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. I enjoy working with clients, their parents, and professional team to remove barriers and implement individualized strategies for everyday social and academic success.

 

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 Illinois, Kansas, and Missouri

Read more about my research here and here.

Claire is

in-network with BCBS and Cerner Health Plans. 

Speech Therapy Services:

  • dyslexia testing

  • dyslexia therapy

  • developmental language disorder testing

  • developmental language disorder therapy

  • diagnostic counseling so you, your child, and their educational/healthcare team understand how best to support

  • comprehensive assessments with accurate diagnosis/es and clear recommendations for IEP services and 504 plan accommodations/modifications

  • in-person IEP meeting advocacy

  • individualized home programming for carry-over of skills into functional, naturalistic environments

  • consulting for homeschool families to integrate therapeutic curriculum

Is it a Developmental Language Disorder, Dyslexia, or something else?

Symptoms of developmental 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! Developmental language disorder symptoms are hidden and can present as something different. Accurately identifying the underlying language deficits, however, is what makes treatment effective. Let's do an evaluation to sort it out together.

ADHD

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.

Autism

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.

Dyslexia

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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