Cortney Grove, MA, CCC-SLP

Cortney studied at the University of California, Irvine and earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from UCI in 2003. Cortney went on to complete post-bacchelaureate work at California State University, Long Beach in communication sciences and disorders.  She earned a masters degree in communication disorders at Northwestern University in 2008. Following her time at Northwestern, Cortney worked in the early intervention system in Illinois as a speech-language pathologist. She then went on to spend several years in a multidisciplinary clinic with a focus on the DIR/Floortime approach. In 2013 Cortney founded Grove Communication Therapy to continue integrated and tailored work with families. With a career-long passion for relationship-based work that supports each child in a tailored way, Cortney completed a certificate and fellowship in DIR/Floortime through Profectum, going on to become a trainer and expert clinician in that model in early 2019. She deepened her knowledge of how early relationships and developmental experiences impact children throughout the lifespan by completing Erikson Institute's Infant / Early Childhood Mental Health Program in 2022. She is in the process of becoming IECMH credentialed through the Illinois Association of Infant Mental Health.


Cortney consults on cases in different locations and enjoys problem solving with families, clinicians, and educators alike.


Cortney is in-network with BCBSIL.  


At this time, Cortney is accepting new patients under the age of 4 as well as for parent coaching appointments. She offers comprehensive language and communication evaluations for older students on a limited basis and provides monthly or quarterly consultations to families working with their own primary therapy team.


Cortney has a limited number of openings for ongoing professional mentorship, staff training, and speaking engagements. To inquire about these services, please email at cortney@grovecommunicationtherapy.com.


Professional Experiences


Trained in the Lidcombe Program of Early Stuttering Intervention by a member of the LPTC (2008)

Earned a certificate of clinical competence (CCC) from the American Speech Language & Hearing Association (2009)

Mentored with Michelle Garcia Winner & the team at the Social Thinking Center in San Jose, CA (2012)

Presented on social cognition and communication at Profectum's 2012 Autism Solutions: Pathways to Progress Conference in Chicago.

Completed a certificate in DIR/Floortime and the Foundational Capacities for Development through Profectum Academy (2013)

Recipient of the Award for Continuing Education (ACE) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (2015)

Trained in PROMPT for addressing developmental motor speech disorders / apraxia of speech (2015)


Completed a fellowship in DIR/Floortime and the Foundational Capacities for Development (FCD) through Profectum Academy (2016)

Completed the Trainer's program through Profectum to become a tutor/trainer/expert clinician in DIR-FCD (2019)

Trained in Visualizing and Verbalizing through Lindamood Bell (2019)

Presented "Going Deeper: Language Therapy in Middle Childhood" to the 700+ speech-language pathologists at Chicago Public Schools by special invitation (2019)

Certified in the Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health through Erikson Institute (2022)

Currently working towards a credential in Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health through the Illinois

Association for Infant Mental Health (anticipated in May of 2022)

Speech + Language Pathologist