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.
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.
Amanda Slaboden M.S.,CCC-SLP
Amanda earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Bucknell University and her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Boston University. She has experience working with children individually and in groups in both medical hospitals and public school systems. Amanda is a bilingual therapist and worked with children in both English and Spanish. She is passionate about working with children and their families.
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.
Shayna Leonard M.S.,CCC-SLP
Shayna earned her Bachelor of Science in Communicative Disorders and her Master of Science in Speech Pathology from The University of Rhode Island. She is certified in PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets). Shayna has expertise working with children that have Cerebral Palsy, Autism, g-tubes, and a variety of genetic syndromes. Additionally, Shayna has a special passion for treating children with a diagnosis of Apraxia. She has completed the necessary coursework to become CASANA recognized for advanced training and clinical expertise in Childhood Apraxia of Speech. She is one of only three specialists in Massachusetts. Prior to joining Wellesley Pediatric Speech therapy, she worked at a pediatric private practice where she evaluated and treated children ages 16 months to 18 years old.
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. 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.,CF-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.
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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Kids deserve the best
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