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.

ELISE HARRIGAN – SPEECH THERAPIST

Elise loves being able to connect with a multitude of diverse children and families. Being able to touch the lives of those with and without their own voice means everything to her. Elise specifically enjoys working with children with developmental delays, language disorders and those who present with sensory or oral motor feeding and swallowing difficulties.

Elise comes from an exceptionally large close-knit family from the south suburbs of Chicago. She is the youngest of four children and is fairly new to the “auntie life” with two nieces and two nephews. Elise’s large family is impressive. Here dad is one of 13 children. There are 54 grandchildren and 89 great grandchildren.

Interesting fact about Elise: Elise enjoys visiting Marco Island, Florida. She grew up traveling there. The beautiful weather, beaches, and sunsets all give her a sense of peace and calmness.

Education:

Bachelor of Science: Speech Language Pathology – Western Michigan University
Master of Science: Speech Language Pathology from Midwestern University

MARIE SAXON – SPEECH THERAPIST

Marie is originally from North Carolina. She and her fiancé have made their home in Chicago for six years.

Marie enjoys incorporating her client’s interests into therapy, whether that be a game or book with a child or a hobby for an adult. She loves to be flexible and tries to accommodate each client’s motivation in therapy. Marie finds it rewarding to work with children and adults with social communication and expressive language challenges.

One of Marie’s focuses is working with individuals recovering from a stroke or brain injury to help rehabilitate their cognitive and communication skills.

Interesting fact about Marie: If she had a boat, she would name it Margaritaville. She grew up listening to Jimmy Buffett at the beach in North Carolina with her family. Jimmy’s music always reminds Marie of being in the sand and sun.

Education:

Bachelor of Science: Psychology – Appalachian State University
Master of Science: Speech, Language, and Learning – Northwestern University

PAIGE CIANCIOLO – SPEECH THERAPIST

Paige enjoys making therapy fun and connecting with children and their families in various environments. She likes the flexibility required to meet the needs of her clients and families while working with other health care professionals. Paige is always learning something new, whether it’s a new treatment technique, disorder or therapy activity. She likes that she can connect her educational knowledge to help children find their voice.

Paige hails from Guilford, CT and now makes her home in Chicago. For Christmas 2019, Paige and her family explored Rome, Italy.

Paige remarked that the people, culture, architecture, and food were unforgettable.
An interesting fact about Paige is that she is a coffee lover who has danced since she was four years of age. Paige believes dancing is a great way to express oneself. She finds she often uses the girl in the red dress emoji.

Education:
Bachelor of Science: Communication Sciences and Disorders – Springfield College Masters of
Master of Science: Health Science in Communication Disorders – Governors State University

ELISE KRAUSE – OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

Elise lives in Wicker Park/East Ukrainian Village with her boyfriend, Max, who is also an occupational therapist. Her hometown is Mechanicsburg, PA. They rescued a new foundland-lab mix, Finn, five years ago.

Elise loves having the ability to bring creativity and FUN into her treatment sessions. Having families involved in therapy is one of her favorite things because occupational therapy really is a team effort. Elise enjoys “messy play” like writing on table tops with fingers in shaving cream, using q-tips in water to write on chalkboards for increased sensory input, trying to help make something fun, like handwriting, that children don’t normally enjoy.

A fun fact about Elise is that she is a fan of Harry Potter movies. She can sit on the sofa while watching a Harry Potter movie and quote almost every line. She is a real Hufflepuff, which is the most inclusive of the four houses and are known to have a strong moral code and are usually accepting of everyone.

Education:
Bachelor of Science: Exercise Science/Exercise Physiology – University of Delaware
Doctor of Occupational Therapy: University of Pittsburgh

ALLIE KEHOE – SPEECH THERAPIST

Allie hails from Cincinnati, OH and her family now lives in Toronto, Ontario. She looks forward to visiting them often.

Allie’s favorite part of being a speech-language pathologist is building strong relationships with her clients and helping them achieve their goals. She likes to learn what makes each client unique and uses their strengths to work on areas which may be more demanding.

Allie especially likes working with language processing and literacy challenges. She enjoys beautifully illustrated children’s books. One current favorite is the retold story of “The Little Mermaid” by Jerry Pinkney. This version focuses on friendship and understanding the power of one’s voice. The message is so meaningful because Allie wants every client to know that their voice matters!

The most beautiful place Allie has traveled to is Argentina. It has everything in the country from mountains, beaches, glaciers, wine country, cities, and countryside.

Education:
Bachelor of Science: Bachelor of Arts in International Studies – Boston College
Master of Science: Speech, Language, and Learning – Northwestern University