MEET OUR TEAM

Our experienced team is made up of 4 speech-language pathologists who are specialists in play & social communication, echolalia, 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 eighteen 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.

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 has an on demand webinar available for CEUs through ASHA on this topic. She is passionate about educating others on gestalt language processors and how to treat delayed echolalia.  

 

Alexandria created Meaningfulspeech.com in 2020 to educate SLPs, professionals and parents on gestalt language processing, echolalia, and the step by step approach to helping a child move to original language using the Natural Language Acquisition framework developed by Marge Blanc.

Meaningful Speech is a membership site that provides self paced learning through educational modules, handouts and monthly webinars featuring experts in the field.

 

Alexandria is an international speaker and often presents on gestalt language processing, echolalia and NLA both virtually and in person.  She has provided trainings, webinars and has spoken to clinics, school districts, speech-language associations and parent groups.

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 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
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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 neurodiverse child 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

  • Social communication training

krissy@sbspeechtherapy.com

Demi Fritz, MS, CCC-SLP/L
Speech-Language Pathologist
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Demi is a licensed speech language pathologist in the state of Illinois and has been practicing since 2014. Demi graduated from Fontbonne Univeristy in St. Louis with an MS in Speech-Language Pathology. Before graduate school, Demi worked in an outpatient center for children with Autism. After graduate school, Demi worked in both the school setting and a pediatric private practice. Demi’s special interests include autism, articulation, ADHD, executive function, dyslexia, and social communication. 

 

Demi focuses on learning and developing her skills as a speech and language therapist so she can truly individualize each client’s treatment plan. Demi believes in a “whole team” approach to therapy and encourages strong lines of communication between the team members and family.

 

Demi previously lived in St. Louis and recently moved back to the suburbs of Chicago

to be closer to family. Demi enjoys traveling, spending time with family, and playing

with her two dogs.

Demi’s specialized trainings include:

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

  • SIM Word Mapping Strategy and Sentence Writing Fundamentals

  • Vocabulary Strategies for Secondary Teachers

  • Dyslexia Training

  • WordPower and Saltillo Chat Software 

  • Wilson Reading Program 

  • Visualizing and Verbalizing Program by Nancy Bell 

   demi@sbspeechtherapy.com

Abby Lynch, MS, CCC-SLP/L
Speech-Language Pathologist
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Abby is a licensed speech-language pathologist who has over 10 years of experience working with individuals aged 1-21 to achieve their communication goals. Abby has a passion for working with children on the autism spectrum as well as with those who stutter. She has worked in both therapeutic day school settings and private clinics. She received her Masters of Science degree from Rush University Medical Center, holds a certificate of clinical competence (CCC) and is accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Associated (ASHA). 

 

Abby places an emphasis on finding each client’s motivation, whether that be a special interest or a specific goal, to guide her therapy. Focusing on fun and maintaining client engagement, Abby and her clients partner together to achieve the goals they desire. Her history working on a variety of multidisciplinary teams has equipped her with the skills to collaborate across disciplines. She strongly values input from all stakeholders (e.g., school team, parents, etc.) in her clients’ lives and takes a whole-team, collaborative approach to therapy. Abby believes everyone deserves the tools they need to become competent communicators and to develop meaningful relationships across the lifespan. 

 

Abby is originally from New England, but is happily settled with her family in Naperville, IL. In her free time Abby enjoys skiing in the winter, playing tennis in the summer, and everyday adventures with her two young children. 

 

Abby’s specialized trainings include:

  • Natural Language Acquisition in Autism: Echolalia to Self Generated Language

  • Lidcombe Program for Early Childhood Stuttering

  • Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking Programs

  • Collaborative & Proactive Solutions/Collaborative Problem Solving (Dr. Ross W. Greene)

  • Sarah Ward Executive Function Interventions

  • SCERTS: A Comprehensive Educational Framework for Autism

  • Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP)

    abby@sbspeechtherapy.com

Denise Spaargaren
Administrative Assistant
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