Lakeshore Speech, located in Highland Park, Illinois, provides communication therapy for children and adults. As you know, the ability to communicate is important for all people. It's about expressing your needs, ideas and desires, maintaining independence, personality and individuality. We use speech and language to connect with others, strengthen bonds, take initiative, prevent misunderstanding, express our feelings and make our opinions known.
Sometimes the ability to communicate is impaired. When this happens, a Speech-Language Pathologist can be the key to helping rebuild and/or establish effective communication.
Speech-Language Pathologists diagnose and treat communication and swallowing disorders in patients. At Lakeshore Speech, we offer:
Speech and language disorders affect one's ability to talk, understand, read, and write. Such disorders have different causes, and may range from a few speech sound errors or repetitions of sounds or words to a total loss of the ability to use speech to communicate effectively.
Treatment will vary depending on the nature and severity of the problem, the age of the individual, and the individual's awareness of the problem. Speech-Language Pathologists select intervention approaches based on the highest quality of scientific evidence available in order to:
In addition to working with children and adults with speech and language disorders, Speech-Language Pathologists also assess and treat:
Swallowing disorders - the inability to eat, drink or swallow safely and effectively.
Cognitive-communication disorders - the impairment of cognitive processes including attention, memory, abstract reasoning, awareness, and executive functions (e.g., self-monitoring, planning and problem solving).
Auditory processing disorders - the inability to understand spoken language in the absence of a hearing problem.
Accent modification - provided for individuals without communication disorders.
Sonya Cohen brings 12+ years of clinical experience as an adult and pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist to each patient's unique situation. Special areas of expertise include dysphagia (swallowing/feeding disorders), fluency (stuttering), early intervention for children with global delays, autism spectrum disorders, auditory processing, apraxia, aphasia, dysarthria, as well as elementary articulation and language skills delays. Read more.
"Lakeshore Speech applies contemporary principles of learning theory and teaching methodology to help clients achieve their communication goals. I highly recommend this practice to anyone looking for an experienced and knowledgeable speech therapist."
"Sonya Cohen worked so well with my twins. Her sessions were creative and innovative and she really found a way to keep their attention the entire time! They have made such huge strides with their communication since they began coming to Lakeshore Speech!"
"My daughter's speech was very difficult to understand. She had therapy at Lakeshore Speech over the last 5 months and is like a different kid now. Her speech is so much clearer and she is no longer throwing tantrums because no one is able to understand her. Lakeshore Speech has been great!"
"Mrs. Cohen developed an excellent classroom activity in order to address my son's language goals in a way that was innovative, fun and exciting. It provided my son with an opportunity to participate in the classroom like he has never been able to do before. Mrs. Cohen collaborates with his teachers and caters therapy goals to the classroom curriculum. Mrs. Cohen's in-classroom therapy has been a huge success, as my son has finally been able to reach his potential as a student and now actually enjoys going to school!"
"After my husband had a stroke, I was told that he may never speak or eat by mouth again. Meeting with Sonya for the first time, gave us hope. After she has treated my husband for aphasia and severe dysphagia for just 3 months we are beginning to see huge improvements with his ability to communicate. Just last week, he began to eat and drink by mouth for the first time in 4 months! It's a special thickened diet for now, but our goal is to keep going to therapy until he is as close to his old self as possible. Sonya's dedication to my husband has been remarkable and we will forever be grateful to her for all her efforts."