Speech- Language Pathologist
Stephanie (she/her, they/them) graduated with their Master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Kansas. Upon moving to the Central Illinois area in 2019, Stephanie became credentialed in Early Intervention and continued gaining experience in pediatric services. Prior to joining Shine Therapy Services in 2023, Stephanie spent 3 years in a pediatric outpatient setting that specialized in providing social-cognitive support to neurodivergent children and providing Augmentative-Alternative Communication (AAC).
Stephanie has experience with a variety of AAC systems, including switch scanning, direct selection, and eye-gaze, as well as familiarity with a range of iPad communication apps. Stephanie also has experience providing support for Expressive/Receptive Language Disorders, Articulation Disorders, Phonological Disorders, and Pragmatic Language differences. They are passionate about providing early access to AAC, honoring total communication, supporting neurodivergent children in building a positive identity, and fostering self-advocacy skills. In all areas, Stephanie values neurodivergent-affirming practices and continues to seek out information from Autistic therapists and advocates to remain up-to-date with best practices. They are also currently gaining more knowledge about gestalt language processing, trauma-informed practices, and strengths-based therapy approaches. In their sessions, Stephanie loves learning about each child’s preferred way of connecting with others and fostering that connection as a foundation for building new skills. In their free time, Stephanie can be found reading, hiking, playing Nintendo Switch, spending time with their partner, and cuddling with their little dog, Roxy.