Location & Services
Grove Communication Therapy's home is at 1820 W. Webster Avenue in Chicago.
This inviting space allows children and families to explore, play, work, and learn using their bodies, equipment, and imagination in a way that supports integrated development.
Cortney offers school visits in some cases to allow students to do speech and language work during a time of day that is appropriate for their needs.
In select cases, Cortney travels to clients in other states or provides intensive therapy services for those traveling from outside Chicagoland.
Many services can also be arrange via zoom, though Cortney generally prefers to share "real" space with her clients, mentees, and students when possible.
Speech and Language Evaluations
Cortney tailors comprehensive speech and language evaluations that allow families and team members to understand a child's communication profile in depth. She integrates information from formal testing, observations, and trial therapy tasks to build a picture of how the child is functioning in real life communication - both in the class and on the playground.
Speech and Language Therapy
Cortney provides on-going speech and language therapy for clients with a variety of communication challenges, most especially in phonology, language comprehension, language expression, and social communication. She specializes in working with students with complex neurobiological factors such as sensory processing disorder, ADHD, and autism.
In cases where the child has a primary therapy team or lives outside the Chicago area, Cortney offers monthly or bi-monthly consultation appointments to support the family and team in thinking about progress, obstacles, and next steps related to a child's profile, communication needs, educational services, and intervention plan.
Social Communication Evaluations
These evaluations are designed to enlighten a student's team about their specific strengths and weaknesses in social cognition and interactive communication. Generally these students are performing well academically yet struggle with peers. Social communication evaluations are generally recommended for students aged 6+.
Professional mentoring is designed to support clinicians and educations in reflecting on cases with a developmental language and DIR/Floortime lens. Professionals attend a monthly session - either individually or in a carefully matched group - to share cases and discuss clinical questions pertaining to the child's profile, the development of play, parent coaching, DIR/Floortime strategies, communication needs, and therapeutic use of the self.
Cortney offers select opportunities for families traveling to Chicago for therapy intensives. Families that travel to Chicago to work with Cortney come for 1-2 weeks at a time and are seen for 2-3 hours each weekday based on goals and needs. During that time Cortney arranges consultations with professionals in other disciplines when indicated to support an integrated approach. In some cases, Cortney travels to a family's location when they are unable to come to Chicago with time permitted to meet licensing requirements in that locale.
Cortney provides structured lessons and lectures for clinic teams looking to expand their knowledge of DIR/Floortime, developmental language, and social communication topics. This is a popular option for teams who are considering more formal training or professional mentoring in DIR/Floortime but want to learn the basics first.
Cortney loves to share her knowledge around development, language therapy, social communication, parent coaching, and transdisciplinary work. She writes content and delivers lectures at conferences, for school staff, as a guest lecturer at Universities, and for clinic teams throughout the year. Cortney loves to create content specific to her audience's needs and is an engaging and dynamic speaker.
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Speech + Language Pathologist