Our Team

Megan Brazas, M.A. CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Megan earned her undergraduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and obtained her master’s degree at Northwestern University.  She has extensive experience in working with children with complex communication needs, including Autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, rare medical conditions, and complex orthopedic impairments.  Additionally, Megan has experience evaluating and treating a variety of speech and language conditions including apraxia of speech and is PROMPT Trained.   Megan is also a credentialed Early Intervention provider and holds a State of Illinois Teaching License.  Megan is very passionate about her work and keeping people informed on current topics by speaking locally and nationally.  She has presented on topics such as core vocabulary, low-tech communication systems, functional communication, supporting communication in the special education setting, curriculum adaptations and behavior management for Autism spectrum disorder, and typical language development.  Megan’s contributions include presentations at the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA), Infintec, Illinois Speech-Language Hearing Association (ISHA), Closing the Gap, Northwest Suburban Special Education Organization, and local school districts.  She is also the creator of the Core Vocab Exchange System ™, a low-tech core vocabulary based communication system which aligns with typical language development. You can email Megan directly at meganb@slpathways.com or click here to be directed to “contact us” page.


Jessica Leff, M.S. CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Jessica earned her Bachelor’s degree from Augustana College, where she majored in Communication Sciences & Disorders and Spanish. Jessica received her Master’s degree at Illinois State University. While at ISU, Jessica researched cross-linguistic transfer in English/Spanish speaking preschool children, as well as pursued clinical opportunities working with culturally and linguistically diverse individuals. Upon graduating with her Master’s, Jessica accepted a position as a speech-language pathologist volunteer with Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos, an international organization that provides homes for orphaned and abandoned children in Central and South America. After 18 months at NPH Honduras, Jessica gained invaluable evaluation and therapy experience working work children and adults in Spanish with a variety of communication needs. Since returning to the US in 2016, Jessica has worked as a bilingual speech-language pathologist in the schools, providing evaluations and therapy.

An avid traveler and bookworm, Jessica continues to seek out opportunities to improve her Spanish skills and provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services. Jessica is thrilled to join the Speech & Language Pathways team, and looks forward to servicing the wonderful Chicagoland community.

 

Renee Bourke, M.S. CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Renee received her Bachelor’s degree in communicative disorders from the University of Redlands. she earned her Master’s degree from the University of Rhode Island. After obtaining her Master’s degree, Renee completed the Assistive Technology Program at the University of Illinois Chicago. She is also a credentialed Early Intervention Provider and is PROMPT trained. Renee has over 10 years experience as a speech language pathologist and has worked with patients from birth to 21. She has experience working with a variety of children including: receptive/expressive language delay, developmental delay, non/limitedly verbal, augmentative and alternative communication users, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, and autism spectrum disorder. Renee has presented on assistive technology, augmentative communication, universal design for learn, language development, functional communication, classroom strategies for learners who struggle with language, and core vocabulary. Renee’s contributions include presentation at University of Illinois Chicago, Infinitec, local school districts, and for parent groups and organizations abroad. You can email Renee directly at reneeb@slpathways.com or click here to be directed to our “contact us” page.

Danielle Humphries-Kneller, M.S., OTR/L

Occupational Therapist