AMANDA LEDERER – OWNER & SPEECH PATHOLOGIST
Amanda is the founder and owner of Soundbox Speech Therapy. She specializes in both children and adults, and in a variety of environments including schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, home health, and private practice. Amanda’s expertise focuses on language disorders (expressive and receptive), reading and literacy, social language and feeding disorders.

Through combining both — her love for acting as a client teammate, along with her commitment to practical, personalized treatment — Amanda is able to ally with the children, adults, and families in her work while also creating tailored materials to target goals for each client. Amanda understands the process for children, adults and their families can be difficult and the impact it has on all contexts of life. In addition to her certificate of clinical competency with the American Speech & Hearing Association (ASHA), Amanda holds a professional educator license (PEL). 

Amanda makes her home with her husband and daughter in the Logan Square area of Chicago.  They enjoy time in the park as a family with their two rescue dogs.

Interesting fact about Amanda:   Amanda has traveled to 18 countries throughout Europe while studying abroad in Italy.  She enjoys exploring culture and photographing it.  Amanda is also an admitted foodie.

Education:

Bachelor of Science in Communicative Disorders –  University of Wisconsin –  Madison

Master Of Science in Speech-Language Pathology –  Northwestern University

SARAH KLUSAK – SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST
Sarah brings a passion for helping her clients speak directly and profoundly.  Sarah attributes building positive relationships with all her clients to the success they are able to achieve in speech therapy. 

The tool Sarah uses the most with adult clients is a straw.

Surprisingly, a straw can be extremely helpful when working on breathing and voice techniques.  Kids love Sarah’s Go Fish game and “Peanut Butter and Jellyfish” book to work on articulation and language skills.

Sarah grew up in Morris, IL and now makes her home in Evanston with her two cats named Simon and Max. They enjoy cuddles, playing with ribbons and meowing loudly when they want treats. Sarah also enjoys singing at weddings on the weekends and playing her ukulele! 

Interesting fact about Sarah:  Hermione Granger is a favorite fictional character of Sarah’s because she is super smart, talented and loyal to her friends.

Education:

Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance with a specialty in opera –  Illinois Wesleyan University

Post-baccalaureate Pre-Speech Pathology Program –  Northwestern University

Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorder –  New York University

CAITLIN SULLIVAN – OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST
Caitlin hails from Reno, Nevada, and currently makes her home in the Tri-Taylor neighborhood of Chicago with her boyfriend, Mike, and their boxer named Dale.

Caitlin has a background in pediatrics working in homes, schools, and clinical settings. She likes to see children make progress in different areas that enable them to be more independent in their daily activities. Caitlin enjoys working on fine motor, visual motor, and visual perception skills, especially because she finds ways to turn the “treatments” into fun games that are engaging and motivating for children. Caitlin loves that her job is to “play” with children in a therapeutic manner.

Interesting fact about Caitlin: Taylor Swift is Caitlin’s favorite artist because of her song writing abilities. Caitlin and Taylor are close to the same age, so she relates to Taylor’s clever and thought out lyrics.

Education:

Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience –  University of Nevada

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy –  Tufts University 

COURTNEY GANSHO – OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST
Courtney’s favorite treatment tool in working with children of all ages, ranging from birth to twenty-two years of age, is Thera Putty. It is a tool that can address many different needs such as hand strengthening, fine motor coordination and sensory needs. She loves working in the occupational therapy field because it is fun and flexible. Courtney loves seeing her clients engage and enthused with her creativity.

Courtney is from Chicagoland and makes her home with her new husband in Ukrainian Village. She has a supportive family with whom she is very close with. They have a twelve-year old Chihuahua named, Harlow, and their newly adopted one-year old cattle dog named Ruby Roo.

Interesting fact about Courtney: Courtney loves Venice because of its architecture and history. She also says it is close to her heart because she got engaged in Venice in a gondola.

Education:

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology –  University of Illinois at Champaign

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy –  Concordia University –  Wisconsin

LE ANN DUNNE – ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER

Le Ann supports the therapists in the administrative arena working in accounting and marketing. Her favorite aspect of her accounting work is connecting with the clients. She really enjoys creating marketing pieces and implementing them into social media.

When not working Le Ann enjoys swimming and gardening.  Spending time with her daughter, family and friends is usually where you will find         Le Ann when she is not in Latin America or Europe exploring.

Interesting fact about Le Ann: Le Ann was awarded the Patriotic Civilian Service Award from the U.S. Army, the fifth highest award given to civilians, for her volunteer work supporting the Army and Iowa National Guard.