COVID-19 update: Our office is now open to new and current patients for face-to-face sessions. However, we are also continuing to support patients through telehealth for those who choose to remain online for treatment (policy restrictions apply). Due to the current state and continuously evolving nature of the pandemic, we know this is an even more critical time to support children with their therapy needs. Click here for our detailed cleaning policies and procedures. Please contact us for more details. email - [email protected] or call - 847-702-1542

Pediatric Speech Therapy (ST)

As pediatric speech-language pathologists, we provide services across the domains of speech sound production, joint attention, play, language, fluency (stuttering), executive functioning, augmentative-alternative Communication (AAC), social communication, voice, and feeding. Therapy is individualized and meaningful, with a focus on family-centered goals and therapeutic targets to help the child progress in the clinic, at school, and at home. Children with the following difficulties may benefit from speech therapy services:

Speech sounds

  • Speech that is difficult to understand
  • Difficulty articulating speech sounds that are expected to be correctly pronounced at the child’s age


  • “Late talkers”
  • Errors with word order, word meaning, word retrieval, or understanding of words
  • Difficulty answering wh- and comprehension questions
  • Difficulty following directions

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

  • Minimal verbal communication
  • Verbal communication is difficult for others to understand
  • Use of communication device, hand signs, or picture exchange to communicate

Social Communication

  • Difficulty providing on-topic responses, asking follow-up questions, commenting and conversing about non-preferred topics
  • Difficulty interpreting facial expressions, body language, and social situations
  • Difficulty appropriately reacting to social problems
  • Difficulty engaging in a group
  • Difficulty understanding social nuances  
  • Difficulty initiating and maintaining friendships


  • Gagging, choking, or coughing while eating
  • Food and liquid spills out of the mouth while eating or drinking
  • Inadequate chewing and tongue movement 
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Eats limited foods and brands of foods 

Joint attention/Play

  • Difficulty attending to and engaging with peers and adults
  • Difficulty engaging in shared play and turn-taking


  • Difficulty managing symptoms post-traumatic brain injury
  • Difficulty completing assignments, planning, prioritizing, etc.


  • Voice has atypical pitch, hoarseness, strain, or breathiness
  • Voice does not sound typical for a child’s age/gender
  • Voice is lost by the end of the day
  • Speech is too nasally/flowing through the nose
  • Speech sounds like the nose is plugged


  • Repetition of sounds or words (i.e. puh-puh-pancakes)
  • Sounds are prolonged (i.e. ssssssssssnake)
  • Words are difficult for the child to “get out” 
  • Rapid speech/ words blurring together

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