Express Yourself Therapy specializes in treating children 0-21 with a variety of speech/language, sensory/motor, and developmental disorders such as Autism, PDD, and Sensory Integration Disorder. Our therapy techniques are based on the most current developmental and neurodevelopmental research.
Express Yourself Therapy understands that development is an integrated process. Therefore our therapists have advanced knowledge in the areas of speech/language, sensory/motor, cognition, social/emotional, and visual-spatial development. In this way, programs are individualized by focusing on the foundational origins of speech and language constrictions in each child.
Express Yourself Therapy prides itself on supporting “the whole child.” Focus on the parent-child dyad during therapy sessions allows for the most meaningful and rapid progress possible. Additionally, we encourage ongoing multidisciplinary collaboration with your child’s school support staff and other team members via email, phone conferences, and team meetings.
Although deeply rooted in a Developmental, Individual Differences, Relationship-based model (DIR®/Floortime); Express Yourself therapists use a wide variety of therapy techniques and hold advanced certifications in an array of treatment approaches. We are confident that you and your child will feel safe, nurtured, and valued during the time you spend with us. We invite you to come and play!
Melissa Grosvenor PhD, M.S. CCC-SLP, I/ECMH-C, BCS-CL
Melissa is pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Director of Express Yourself Therapy. Melissa graduated with a Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Rush University and earned her Bachelor of Science from University of Illinois in Speech and Hearing Sciences. Additionally, Melissa has a doctorate in Infant and Early Childhood Development with Emphasis in Developmental Disabilities and Infant Mental Health from Fielding University.
Melissa is a certified DIR® practitioner and Training Leader affiliated with both ICDL and Profectum organizations. Melissa is available to provide speech/language therapy and developmental therapy to children and young adults. Melissa is a proud mother of a child with individual differences and uses her experiences to deepen her understanding of the children and families she works with.
Olivia Garber M.S. CCC-SLP
Olivia is a Speech-Language Pathologist who is located at our Chicago branch full time. Olivia earned her Master’s degree at Nova Southeastern University in Florida and a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Indiana University. Olivia is a certified DIR®/Floortime practitioner associated with the ICDL organization.
She has experience working with the pediatric population in both school and clinic settings, as well as participating in peer groups to promote social interactions. Olivia believes in a child-centered approach with strong family involvement. Outside of work, Olivia enjoys traveling, yoga, and becoming a “foodie.”
Katie has been working as an aide with Express Yourself Therapy for four years. Besides supporting a variety of our groups and clubs, she additionally works one on one with children providing developmental based play therapy. Katie is innovative, compassionate, and has a passion for working with children with individual differences. Katie has three children (5, 3, 1) including one with sensory integration challenges.
Katie has a Bachelors Degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Community Health.
Laura is a speech-language pathologist who is located at our Bethesda branch full time. Laura earned her Master’s degree at Northwestern University and her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Maryland, College Park. Laura practiced at our Chicago and Palatine clinics for three years before relocating to Maryland and helping to develop the Bethesda branch. Laura is a certified DIR Floortime practitioner at the advanced level with the ICDL organization and is PROMPT certified. She has experience working with children and young adults in the clinic, home, and school settings.
Laura believes in using a child-centered, play-based approach to maximize engagement and learning and is a strong proponent of parental involvement in therapy. In her free time, Laura enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with family and friends. She is also an animal lover and is currently training her puppy to be a future therapy dog.
Andrea (Andi) Kwasigroch, OTR
Andrea (Andi) Kwasigroch is a certified Occupational Therapist (OTR). She earned her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Maryville University in St. Louis. She has experience in multiple pediatric settings where she treated children who presented with varying diagnoses, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder, and Developmental Delays.
In 2016 Andi was certified in Early Intervention which specializes in promoting the optimal development of children aged zero to three years in their home and natural environments. Andi enjoys working with children to help them experience success in all aspects of daily life.
Jaclyn Pizzoferrato M.S.
Jackie is a Speech-Language Pathologist who is located at our Palatine branch. Jackie earned her Master’s degree at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Elmhurst College. Jackie has experience working with the pediatric population in clinic, home-based, and school settings. Jackie believes in engaging children in play-based activities to foster language development.
In her free time, Jackie enjoys working out, doing any activity outdoors, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends.
Kelly Mitchell, MOTR/L
Kelly is an occupational therapist at Express Yourself Therapies. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy after earning her Bachelor of Health Sciences. Kelly has dedicated herself to a skillful approach to children using a client-centered approach with family involvement that provides therapy for children of all ages in a variety of settings. Her therapy methods focus specifically on social interaction, regulation, sensory-motor skills, visual- perception, and fine and gross motor skills.
Her continuous goal is to help children gain independence and promote development in order to function and socialize in their home, play, school, and community environments. In her free time Kelly enjoys exercising, cooking, and dancing. She also loves to travel and spend time with her family and friends.
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