Maria is a bilingual speech-language pathologist who specializes in treating children with communication and  feeding disorders in her private practice in both Kankakee and Crest Hill, Illinois. 

Therapy sessions are play based and include parent training and participation.  Maria works closely with families                              to ensure they are able to provide adequate support for home practice activities and provides families with resources and materials to ensure progress in speech-language. Sessions include music and movement to facilitate language. Information is presented using visual, auditory, tactile and movement activities to help children learn about sound quality and how sounds are produced in speech. 

Maria is actively involved in the field of Speech Language Pathology, which includes the following: 

  • Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Communication Disorders

  • Masters in Communication Disorders

  • Recognized by Illinois Speech Hearing Association (ISHA) as a Bilingual Speech-Language and Evidence Based Practice Co-Chair (https://www.ishail.org)

  • Member of The American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology (APPSPA-www.aappspa.org)

  • Practicum Supervisor for Graduate Students Interning in Speech-Language Pathology

  • PROMPT Level 2 therapist and uses PROMPT cues in therapy (PROMPT© stands for Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets. It is a tactile-kinesthetic approach to speech therapy, which means that the speech-language pathologist uses touch cues on the client's face (vocal folds, jaw, lips, tongue), to support and shape correct movement of these articulators)

 

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MEET MARIA YAKOS
MHS, CCC-SLP/L