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Speech and Language Pathologists

Julie Prato

Julie has expertise in a variety of methodolgies effective for the management of autism spectrum disorders, language based learning disabilities, and hearing impairments. During her career, she also promoted the use of a variety of assistive technology programs to allow all learners to access the curriculum.


Julie has worked as a clinical supervisor at Elmhurst College where she strived to engage future clinicians in the dynamic process of identifying each client's needs and providing effective therapy. As a faculty member in the department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Elmhurst College, Julie has created and taught courses including Early Childhood Language Development, Language Development Across the Lifespan, Phonetics and Neurology for the Speech Pathologist.


Currently, Julie works with children from Early Intervention to High School, School districts and families have utilized her expertise as a consultant to interpret test results and create goals to drive effective Individualized Education Plans. Areas of specialty include verbal dyspraxia, language processing disorders, deficits in word retrieval, social cognitive impairments, and language based reading disorders. Julie employs both traditional and non-traditional treatment methodologies, using humor to build relationships with misunderstood children, which has resulted in long-term collaborative relationships with families.


Julie is a member of the American Speech Langauge Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence. She received her Bachelor's degree from Elmhurst College and Master's Degree from Central Michigan University.
Samantha Stricker

Throughout her experiences, Samantha has developed special interests in articulation and phonological disorders, pragmatic language disorders, receptive/expressive language delays, pediatric cochlear implant rehabilitation, Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), language processing disorders, auditory processing disorders, and early literacy instruction. With a degree in Journalism, she also enjoys sharing her gift of writing with young authors using systematic approaches.


Samantha continually pursues opportunities to expand her knowledge of new and developing therapeutic techniques. She has acquired training in the Lindamood-Bell Programs (LIPS and Visualizing and Verbalizing), Social Thinking Curriculum by Michelle Garcia Winner, various assistive technology programs, and is a proud provider for Speech Buddies.


Samantha is a member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence. She also holds a certification as a Teacher of Students with Speech-Language Disabilities (TSSLD). She received a Bachelor's degree in Communication Studies and Journalism from the University of Iowa and a Master's degree in Speech and Language Pathology from New York University.
Meg Taino

Prior to her experience as a speech-language pathologist, Meg served children as a special education teacher, thus bringing a unique perspective and range of experience to her current work with children with communication disorders.


Throughout her years as an educator and clinician, Meg has developed special interests in working with children with expressive/receptive language disorder, language learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, social pragmatic language disorder, auditory processing disorder, language processing disorder, fluency, and articulation/phonology disorder. Meg has utilized a variety of traditional and non-traditional treatment strategies in order to provide an individualized program for each student's unique needs.


More recently, Meg has broadened her experience in social pragmatic communication disorders by attending professional development training in the Social Thinking / Superflex curriculum by Michelle Garcia Winner.


Meg is a member of the American Speech Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC). She received her undergraduate degree in special education (certified Learning Behavior Specialist I) from Northern Illinois University and her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Saint Xavier University in Chicago.


Reading Specialists

Brooke Fosburg

In 2011, she left her position in the school to start a private tutoring business and has seen clients one-on-one in their homes for the last three years. Brooke has also offered support and guidance to families navigating the special education process for the first time.


As a tutor, Brooke provides one-on-one, intensive remediation using research-based curriculums. She uses a multi-sensory approach to teaching reading and incorporates the multiple intelligences into each lesson to ensure that students are engaged and motivated to become independent and successful readers.


Brooke received her undergraduate degree in special education with an emphasis on Learning Disabilities from Hope College in Holland, Michigan. She went on to receive her Master's degree in special education from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Brooke is trained in the Wilson Reading System, an Orton-Gillingham based program. She is experienced in teaching Read Naturally, Recipe for Reading, and Language!.


Brooke is a certified Learning Behavior Specialist (LBS1) and also holds a standard elementary teaching certificate in Illinois.

Resident Therapy Dog

Duncan Prato-Oberbroeckling

Dunkin Prato-Oberbroeckling, ChatAbilties' (soon to be licensed) therapy dog, is just one aspect that makes the experience at our clinic unique! It is widely accepted that animals have a profound positive effect on the psychological, emotional, and physical well-being of individuals, therefore animal-assisted therapy (ATT) is immeasurably beneficial for many of our clients. ATT produces the sense of a warm and safe environment, creating an environment of nonjudgmental acceptance for clients, aiding in the facilitation of speech and language therapy goals!

Contact-info

We look forward to hearing from you!

825 North Cass Avenue Suite 109
          Westmont, IL 60559

+1 (773) 318-8890

JuliePrato@chatabilities.com

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