Meet Maria Yakos (Owner/President)


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's Educational Background:


  • Recognized by Illinois Speech Hearing Association (ISHA) as a Bilingual Speech-Language and Evidence Based Practice Co-Chair (


  • Member of The American Speech and Language Association (ASHA), 

      5 years in a row award recipient for ACE (Award for Continuing              Education (

  • Member of The American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology (APPSPA) (

  • AEIOU Feeding Therapy

  • PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) Level 1

  • DTTC (Dynamic Tactile Temporal Cueing) Level 2

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


  • She holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Communication Disorders


  • She earned her Masters in Communication Disorders


  • She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed in the State of Illinois  


  • She is a PROMPT level 2 therapist and uses PROMPT cues in therapy


Contact Us


200 E. Court St.

Suite 708

Kankakee, IL 60901

(815) 304-5548

1640 Willow Circle Dr.

Suite 300

Crest Hill, IL 60403

(815) 630-4549

Areas We Serve


 Evaluations & Therapy


Free Screenings

Full Speech & Language Evaluations

Individual Therapy Sessions

Insurance & Referrals


Speech & Language


Academic Tutoring

Accent Reduction


Adult Therapy

Accent Reduction



Auditory Processing Disorder

Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)




Speech & Language (cont'd)


Developmental Delays

Reading Readiness

Language Enrichment

Language Disorders

Literacy Instruction

Parent Home Group

Parent Training

Phoenemic Awareness

Phonological Process Disorder

Play-Based Therapy

Research-Based Therapy

Social Language Play Group

Spanish/English Dual Language Play Group Stuttering


Trainings and Seminars


Writing Help for Junior/High School

Contact Us


Executive Center (next to Library)

 E. Court Street, Suite 708

Kankakee, IL 60901

Phone: 1-815-304-5548

1640 Willow Circle Drive, Suite 300

Crest Hill, IL 

(815) 630-4549


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