Tracy Wannemacher

I am a licensed speech language pathologist with more than 20 years experience, providing ongoing speech and language therapy and evaluations. My  background includes working with children on the Autism Spectrum, those with childhood apraxia of speech, as well as with speech and language delays. I have received additional training and education in a number of field areas that include: ABA therapy, Autism, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Picture Exchange Communication System, Social Thinking and Sensory Integration.  In the last couple of years I have taken some trainings with regards to picky eaters and oral placement therapy.

In January 2009, I decided to pursue my  goal of becoming an independent provider of speech and language therapy, launching my current company, Wannemacher Therapy.  I currently practice in the the state of Illinois providing speech therapy to children in Early Intervention and children over the age of 3. During my career, I have held a variety of positions in my field that include 10 years with a non-profit organization, Little Friends, Inc. Five of those years I was the Program Director of the Little Friends, Parent-Infant-Program. I also conducted speech evaluations as part of a comprehensive team for the Autism Diagnostic Clinic at Little Friends. I am a graduate of Illinois State University, where I  received my masters in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology.

Other past entrepreneurial interests included the co-development of a series of children’s apps by Whole Brain Edutainment. These apps were fun and educational while incorporating my knowledge of behavioral principles, motor planning, and speech and language development.

My most recent venture includes my blog:, offering  readers some unique insights into a variety of topics.

Kristin Corbett

‘My name is Kristin Corbett. I am a speech-language pathologist with over 24 years of experience working with children 0-16 years of age. My specialty is working with children who are deaf or hearing-impaired and providing aural habilitation therapy services. I have a BA in Speech Communication from the University of Illinois (1990) and a MS in Communication Disorders from Emerson College (1994). I have worked in several different settings, including Lurie Children’s Hospital as a member of the cochlear implant team from 1996-2000. I have also been in private practice for over 20 years working with numerous children and their families. Although my main area of expertise is hearing loss and aural habilitation therapy, I also have experience working with children with a variety of concerns including receptive and expressive language disorders; articulation and phonological disorders; oral-motor and oral-sensory issues; childhood apraxia of speech; and reading and writing disorders. I believe very strongly in a family-centered approach to intervention and enjoy working with young, newly diagnosed children and their families. I like helping these families navigate their early experiences with the therapy process and encouraging parents and families to become advocates for their children. I also feel it is important to coordinate care with other professionals and interdisciplinary team members to best serve our clients and help these children reach their maximum potential.’

Lauren Monahan

My name is Lauren Monahan. I completed my undergrad at Illinois State University studying Special Education and Deaf Education with a minor in Speech-Language Pathology. I went on to complete my masters in Speech-Language Pathology at Rush University. I have done clinical work in many different settings from an autism-based DIR Floortime daycare/preschool, Easter Seals, Rush Day School, NICU/PICU, and out-patient services. I completed my CFY at a private pediatric clinic in Naperville where I was able to see pediatric patients with concerns ranging from feeding to voice disorders. I love the younger patients that have a need for interdisciplinary team work. This has led me to keep my feet in the clinic world while still doing early intervention. I absolutely love learning new things from individuals I work side-by-side with. I have now started my Speech-Language Pathology Clinical Doctorate at Nova Southeastern University. I have a dissertation focus in speech-language pathology with pediatric clients and the link between applied behavioral analysis services and speech services.