Megan Brazas, M.A. CCC-SLP, QOM
Qualified Orofacial Myologist
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 a certified Qualified Orofacial Myologist and treats various conditions including tongue and lip tie and associated feeding disorders. 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. Megan is a U.S. Patent Holder for Communication Systems and Methods. She has presented on topics such as language development, core vocabulary, low-tech communication systems, functional communication, supporting communication in the special education setting, curriculum adaptations for Autism spectrum disorder, and typical language development. Megan’s contributions include presentations at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA), Infintec, Illinois Speech-Language Hearing Association (ISHA), Closing the Gap, and local school districts. She is also the creator of the communication system Core Vocab Exchange System ™, a low-tech core vocabulary based communication system which aligns with typical language development. You can email Megan directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or click here to be directed to the “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.
Marissa Leff, MOT/OTR, Occupational Therapist
Marissa attended Xavier University in Cincinnati for her undergraduate degree and obtained her masters in occupational therapy. She has worked with all ages from birth to 100 years old. Her primary focus has been on pediatric patients, with extensive experience working with
children of a variety of needs, including Autism spectrum disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, rare medical and genetic conditions, as well as generalized developmental delays. Lynanne has experience evaluating and treating pediatric patients who are experiencing dysfunction in daily routines. In her free time she enjoys working out, baking, game nights with friends, and playing ultimate frisbee.
Kelli Iovino, MOT/OTR, Occupational Therapist