MEET OUR TEAM

Our experienced team is made up of 4 speech-language pathologists who are specialists in play & social skills, autism, language & fluency.

Alexandria Laris Zachos, MS, CCC-SLP/L
Founder & Clinical Director
Speech-Language Pathologist

Alexandria is a licensed speech-language pathologist in the state of Illinois and has been practicing since 2003.  Over the past seventeen years, she has provided therapy for all ages in a variety of clinical settings, including public schools, home therapy, acute care and rehabilitation hospitals and outpatient clinics. She received her Masters Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA in 2003 and her Bachelors Degree in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2001.

Alexandria holds a certificate of clinical competence (CCC) and is accredited by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). She holds a Type 73 Public School Service Personnel Certificate in the state of Illinois. She has attended several professional seminars featuring Michelle Garcia Winner's Social Thinking strategies and incorporates Winner's work into pragmatic therapy sessions and groups. Alexandria has a special interest in social communication and helping both children and adults navigate the social world.

In both November 2017 and 2018 Alexandria presented at the American Speech-Language Hearing (ASHA) Convention in Los Angeles, CA and Boston, MA on Natural Language Acquisition and delayed echolalia.  She is passionate about educating others on gestalt language processors and how to treat delayed echolalia.  

Alexandria is also a fluent Greek speaker and is available to provide therapy and evaluations in Greek.  She has completed several bilingual Greek-English evaluations for many Chicagoland school districts.

In her free time she enjoys reading and going on adventures with her husband and two daughters.

Alexandria's specialized training includes:

  • Natural Language Acquisition In Autism: Echolalia To Self-Generated Language

  • Michelle Garcia Winner's Social Thinking Program

  • Visualizing and Verbalizing Program by Nancy Bell

  • Greenspan Floortime approach

  • Using the SCERTS to Identify Evidence-Based Practices for Children with Autism

  • Person -Centered Assessment and Treatment for Adults Who Stutter

National Presentations:

  • Language Sample Analysis: Guiding Treatment For Gestalt Language Processors With and Without Autism

       American Speech-Language Hearing Association Convention, Boston 2018

  • Echolalia and Gestalt Language Processing in Children: It’s Not Just About Autism

       American Speech-Language Hearing Association Convention, Los Angeles 2017

Krissy Baker, MS, CCC-SLP/L
Speech-Language Pathologist
Feeding Specialist

Krissy Baker is a licensed speech-language pathologist and feeding specialist. She received her Masters of Science degree from Rush University Medical Center.  During her ten year clinical career Krissy has served clients in a variety of settings with multiple diagnoses and severity levels. Krissy’s areas of treatment include dysphagia/swallowing in special populations such as autism spectrum disorder and cerebral palsy populations, social communication and fluency treatment.  She has her certificate of clinical competence (CCC) and accreditation by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).  

 

As the parent of a child with special needs Krissy knows the importance of focus in treatment on the whole family. She takes a team approach including education and information to support clients, caregivers, and educational professionals to work together for the most effective development of speech-language, cognitive function, social communication and safe and satisfying eating.  She believes in the power of collaboration to create optimal scaffolding to success and supporting social connections between people to reduce isolation and encourage self-empowerment.

Krissy spends her free time with her husband and two children in the Oak Park area.  She enjoys volunteering and participation within her local community.

Krissy's specialized training includes:

  • Natural Language Acquisition In Autism: Echolalia To Self-Generated Language

  • Feeding Therapy training

  • Stuttering therapy training

krissy@sbspeechtherapy.com

Emily Anzelmo, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist

Emily Anzelmo is a licensed speech-language pathologist and has over eight years of experience.  Emily has provided therapy for all ages within public schools and private clinics. Emily holds a certificate of clinical competence (CCC) and is accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).  Emily serves clients in our clinic as well as children within a local school district.

Emily’s primary focus has been working with students that have speech sound disorders, language disorders,  social communication/ pragmatic language disorders, and autism.  It is important to Emily to develop a strong relationship with her clients and their families.  Emily’s goal is to individualize therapy to meet the needs of each and every client/student she works with. 

Emily holds an MS in Communication Disorders from Governors State University and a BS in Speech and Hearing Science from Illinois State University.

During her spare time, Emily enjoys going to concerts and spending time with her family, friends and new puppy!

emily@sbspeechtherapy.com

Michael Guidotti, MS, CCC-SLP/L
Speech-Language Pathologist

Michael completed his clinical fellowship under the mentorship of Alexandria Zachos after graduating from Fort Hays State University in Kansas with an MS in Speech-Language Pathology.  Michael has experience working with both pediatric and young adult clients in both private practice and the therapeutic day school setting.  Michael's special interest areas include articulation, voice, social communication, and autism.

Michael emphasizes individualizing treatment to a child’s specific interests and developing strong and meaningful relationships with the children and families he works with. Michael believes that strong communication skills are key to successful relationships with family, friends, and professional success in future endeavors.

Michael has a background in the performing arts, specifically music and theatre. He enjoys incorporating music into his group and individual sessions. In his free time, Michael enjoys playing music, running/fitness activities, traveling, and spending time with his three dogs.

Michael's specialized training includes:

  • Natural Language Acquisition In Autism: Echolalia To Self-Generated Language

  • Michelle Garcia Winner's Social Thinking Program

  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication 

michael@sbspeechtherapy.com

Denise Spaargarten
Administrative Assistant

Bio coming soon!

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Westmont, IL 60559

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