Motivation is a state that energizes, directs and sustains behavior and a key component to success in therapy. The following are some strategies to help motivate clients in therapy: Make learning fun. Making learning fun for a child increases his or her drive to participate in treatment tasks and, ultimately, to reach treatment goals. You […]
About Stephanie Jones
Stephanie is a dedicated, caring speech-language pathologist and recent graduate of Northwestern University's Master of Science program in Speech, Language and Learning. Although her student clinical experience spans a variety of ages and disorders, she is especially passionate about working with children and their families.
Stephanie enjoys getting to know her clients and believes in individualizing therapy based on each child’s personal strengths, interests, and needs. She strives to create a positive therapeutic environment that motivates and challenges her clients to learn. Driven by her experience as a graduate research assistant and case study co-author, Stephanie values the ongoing use of current research to inform clinical practices.
Prior to her time at Northwestern, Stephanie used methods of Applied Behavior Analysis as an early intervention therapist; led social groups for children on the autism spectrum; and taught and wrote curricula at a children's enrichment center.
In her spare time, Stephanie can be found riding her bike around town, finding artifacts with her metal detector, and performing improvisational comedy at iO Theater.
Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) Childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) is a neurologically-based motor speech disorder. Children with CAS have difficulty producing speech sounds in the absence of muscle weakness or paralysis. Though a child with CAS knows what he/she wants to say, impairments in planning and/or coordinating lip, tongue, and jaw movement results in […]
Spring, the season of growth and renewal, is an excellent time to foster your child’s speech and language development using these fun, season-themed activities. The activities listed below can be completed with children of all ages. Each activity targets some or all of the following language skills: Sequencing a multi-step process, following verbal and/or written […]
Rapport between therapist and client can be built by finding common ground and engaging in a positive joint experience. Rapport reduces tension and helps foster trust and communication within the therapeutic environment. Ice breakers are an excellent way to lay a strong foundation for rapport, as they provide an early opportunity for joint participation in […]
Praise is an important part of raising a child with healthy self-esteem. The right kind of praise can make the difference between having a child with self-confidence and grit and a child who depends on outside praise for his sense of self-worth. Praise your child the right way with these 5 tips. 5 Tips to […]
What is a visual schedule? A schedule consists of main activities to be completed during a particular time frame. A visual schedule uses words or symbols (depending on your child’s level of literacy) to represent activities on his/her schedule. For more information about visual schedules and why you should use them, click here. 7 Tips for […]
What is a visual schedule? A schedule consists of main activities to be completed during a particular timeframe. A visual schedule uses words or symbols (depending on your child’s level of literacy) to represent activities on his/her schedule. Why should I use a schedule with my child? When used consistently, a visual schedule has many […]
What is Baby Led Weaning? Baby Led Weaning (BLW) is a method of transitioning infants from breastfeeding to eating solid foods. It bypasses use of spoon-feeding or purees and encourages babies to feed themselves starting at 6 months of age. In addition to breast feeding, the infant sits with the family at mealtimes and is […]
Does sucking a pacifier harm speech development? There is not a clear-cut answer to this question. While the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association takes the position that overuse of pacifiers can negatively impact speech development, results of studies investigating this question have yielded mixed results when comparing the speech skills of pacifier users versus non-pacifier users. What […]
Christmas is almost here! Get in the spirit and promote language and literacy skills at the same time by reading some of these Classic Christmas books with your family! 6 Classic Christmas Books: The Night Before Christmas by Charles Santore How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Suess Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer by Thea […]