About Our Therapists
At Wellesley Pediatric Speech Therapy, we pride ourselves in providing the highest quality service to our patients. Our therapists all specialize in the treatment of pediatrics. All therapists are certified by the State of Massachusetts and members of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) or American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
Ivy Schantz M.S.,CCC-SLP
Ivy earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Speech and Hearing Sciences from The George Washington University. She received her Master of Science degree in Speech Pathology from Boston University. Ivy has specific interest and expertise working with the Autistic population. She has extensive experience working in an outpatient pediatric medical hospital where she worked with children with a variety of developmental and medical diagnoses. Additionally she has led social pragmatic groups for children on all levels of the Autism Spectrum and is trained in the nationally recognized PROMPT technique. Ivy enjoys working in the Wellesley community with families, educators, and other medical professionals. She believes it's important to collaborate with everyone involved in a child's life and care in order to see the most progress and carryover of the skills they learn and develop in therapy.
Robin Stein M.S.,CCC-SLP
Robin earned her bachelor’s degree in linguistics and psychology from the University of Michigan and her master’s degree in communication disorders from Emerson College. She is an experienced and talented speech therapist specializing in pediatric treatment and is trained in the nationally recognized PROMPT technique. Robin has clinical experiences at Boston Children's Hospital, a local public school system, early intervention, and in a specialized school for students with special needs. She has worked with children on their articulation, fluency, higher level language, listening and reading comprehension, narrative language, social communication, vocabulary, and word-retrieval skills. Her warm and bubbly personality is a wonderful addition to our practice.
Ellen Gilmore M.S.,CCC-SLP
Ellen earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Boston College and her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Boston University. She has extensive experience working with the pediatric population in both individual and group settings. She has evaluated and treated children with communication disorders including Childhood Apraxia of Speech, autism spectrum disorders, articulation and language delays through both play-based therapy and more structured tasks. Her past experiences include work in an integrated preschool program, an outpatient rehabilitation program, and Early Intervention. She is very sweet, compassionate, and enthusiastic about working with children and their families.
Christina Stavrakas M.S.,CCC-SLP
Christina earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Music from The University of Rhode Island and her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology, with a concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorders from the MGH Institute of Health Professionals. Christina has evaluated and developed treatment plans for children with language processing difficulties, autism spectrum disorders, social pragmatic deficits, executive function challenges, ADHD, down syndrome, global cognitive delays, and phonological awareness in both school and outpatient hospital settings. Additionally, Christina has a special expertise in treating children with complex language profiles in need of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) strategies. Christina understands the importance of collaborating with each child's family, educators, and other professionals.
Elana Block M.S.,CCC-SLP
Elana received her Bachelor of Science in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the University of Rochester and her Master of Science in Communication Disorders from Emerson College. Elana has extensive experience working specifically with the pediatric population with a variety of medical and developmental diagnosis. Past positions include another pediatric private practice in the area, a local elementary school, and the Early Intervention program. She worked with children with a variety of speech, language, and pragmatic/social deficits. She is very caring, enthusiastic, and passionate about working with children and their families.
Abby Chud M.S.,CCC-SLP
Abby earned her Bachelor of Science in Communicative Disorders from The University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Emerson College. Abby has extensive experience working in Early Intervention; where she assesses and provides speech, language, and feeding therapy to children with a variety of developmental and medical diagnoses. Additionally, Abby has worked with the pediatric population in a variety of settings including: preschool, elementary school, and a private practice specializing in feeding therapy. Abby is trained in the nationally recognized PROMPT technique.
Christine Couturier M.A.,CCC-SLP
Christine received her BS in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Miami University and her Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology from The George Washington University. She specializes in the language delays, articulation impairments, pragmatic language deficits, and AAC devices with a passion for working with children diagnosed with Childhood Apraxia of Speech and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Christine completed advanced training and is certified in PROMPT, Took Talks, It and Takes Two to Talk, Hannen program for parents, and Michelle Garcia Winner's Social Thinking Program. Before joining us, Christine worked at private practices and private schools in Washington, DC and Santa Monica, where she worked with children as young as 17 months. She believes in working together with families, caregivers, teachers and other professionals to provide the highest level of care to her clients.
Jackie Sansone M.Ed.,OTR/L
Jackie earned both her Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Services and her Master of Education in Occupational Therapy from Springfield College. She has worked as a pediatric occupational therapist for 8 years at a private school for children with social and emotional disabilities. Prior to that, she worked at an inpatient rehabilitation hospital where she treated patients with orthopedic, cardiac, and neurological diagnoses. She has also worked as a consultant for both children and adults with various developmental delays. Jackie has completed advanced training in sensory integration theory and is qualified to administer and interpret the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests.
Jillian Amo, M.S.,OTR/L
Jillian earned her Bachelor of Arts in Human Development from Boston College where she minored in Special Education & Psychology. She received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University, is licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Jillian has experience working with infants through young adults in inpatient, outpatient, and school settings. She has specific knowledge in the areas of developmental delay, autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorder, ADHD, brain injury, cerebral palsy, rare-genetic abnormality, orthopedic injury, and recent trauma or surgery.
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