We bring our team to you!

We come to your home or private school to treat your child for a wide variety of speech therapy issues. We are in constant communication with each other and our broad range of related professionals (Physical therapists, Occupational therapists, Developmental therapists) to best diagnose and treat your child's needs. We keep our team small and treat only clients we feel we are best qualified to treat.

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The 606 Team

Meet the team behind 606 Speech.

WE BRING OUR TEAM TO YOU!

We come to your home or private school to treat your child for a wide variety of speech therapy issues. We are in constant communication with each other and our broad range of related professionals (Physical therapists, Occupational therapists, Developmental therapists) to best diagnose and treat your child's needs. We keep our team small and treat only clients we feel we are best qualified to treat.

SCREENINGS

We can help you decide if your child is an appropriate candidate for a full Speech-Language evaluation via a complimentary screening. 

 

EVALUATION

We work both privately & with the Early Intervention Program of Illinois to evaluate your child. Private evaluations are conducted at home or school. 

 

TREATMENT

Once treatment is deemed appropriate following an evaluation, your child will begin a program based on his or her needs.

 

CONSULTATION

We have a wide network of professionals to whom we can refer to for consultation and/or additional services upon your request.

Our Team

Meg Chalmers

M.A., CCC, SLP Speech Language Pathologist, Founder of 606 Speech, LLC

Hello and thank you for taking the time to visit our website. I created 606 Speech, LLC because I wanted to share my expertise in pediatric speech therapy with the families of Chicago.

I have been a practicing Speech Language Pathologist for over fifteen years. I have worked in many different settings across a wide spectrum of specialties. I remember one of my professors in graduate school telling me Family Based Therapy was my calling, and it took me trying almost every other specialty within Speech Therapy to confirm that working with the pediatric population in a one to one setting is my passion.

Catherine Gillespie

SLP/A Speech Therapy Assistant

Catherine Gillespie is a Speech and Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA). She recently earned her certification as an SLPA from the College of DuPage. Catherine completed her clinical training with children ages 0-3 through the early intervention program as well as with children 3+ years though school age. Catherine also holds a BA in Communications and Elementary Education from Marquette University.

After graduating from Marquette, Catherine taught in a 4/5th grade split classroom in Milwaukee, WI. Catherine spent the next two years on the west coast volunteering in an AmeriCorps service program and directing a before and after school program. In 2005, Catherine returned to Chicago and began working for the Chicago Public Schools. She spent six years training school administrators on school business practices and financial planning. Catherine enjoys spending time with her husband and their 13 month old son, jogging, and working on DIY projects around the house. Catherine and her family live in the Irving Park neighborhood of Chicago.

Elizabeth Abowd

Elizabeth Abowd

SLP/A Speech Therapy Assistant

Elizabeth Abowd, SLPA/L, works primarily with the birth to five population providing speech and language intervention services for a variety of diagnoses including expressive and receptive language delays, articulation disorders and phonological delays. Elizabeth earned her Speech Language Pathology Assistant degree from College of DuPage in the Spring of 2012, a Master’s in Music Performance from Roosevelt University in 2007 and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from DePaul University in 2003.

After years traveling, performing and teaching classical opera, Elizabeth decided to return to school and make a career switch to Speech Therapy. She hoped to combine her interests working with children and learning more about voice. Along with working as an SLPA, she has a private vocal studio and helps prepare state champion speech and drama High School students-with a core technique based in proper breath support, posture, alignment, and vocal health. In her free time Elizabeth enjoys running, yoga, cooking and travel. Elizabeth lives in the Ravenswood neighborhood with her husband, and two four legged “babies” Charlie and Maggie.

Siris Rivas

M.A., CCC, SLP/LD Speech Language Pathologist

Siris Rivas-Verdejo is a Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, Feeding Therapist and Learning-Behavioral Specialist. She provides her services, consultations and evaluations with energetic modalities in a way that empowers individuals and families to choose more in their lives and have their own unique way of self-expression.

She received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and continued on to receive a dual Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Learning Disabilities at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. She has worked in schools, clinics and home settings with families and children with communication, behavior and feeding difficulties. She has received training in the PROMPT Technique, Picture Exchange Communication (PECS) and the S.O.S Approach to Feeding.

She has presented staff trainings, parent workshops and online classes on autism, multilingualism, team building, socio-emotional development, and behavioral strategies to name a few. She is bilingual in Spanish and English and specializes in working with families from linguistically and culturally diverse populations, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, sensory-based feeding difficulties and phonological disorders. Her approach empowers parents, children and professionals by nurturing connections, asking questions, and facilitating awareness.

Kelly Nelson

Christina Rooney

M.S., CF-SLP; Speech Language Pathologist

Christina graduated from Marquette University in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology. She continued her studies at Marquette where she completed her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology in 2020. Christina’s practicum experience includes work in the Milwaukee Public Schools, early intervention, and outpatient clinics. During her studies, she was an intern at a pediatric outpatient clinic and worked as an Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapist.

Christina loves working with kids and is specifically interested in Feeding/Oral Motor disorders, AAC, Autism, articulation therapy, expressive and receptive language therapy and social communication. Christina is excited to work and support families and their children to meet their child’s needs. In her free time, Christina loves to travel and cook with her family and friends.

Kelly Nelson

Savannah Sunvold

M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist

Savannah graduated from the University of Virginia in 2017 with her bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology. She went on to obtain her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Rush University in 2019, where she had practicum experience working in Chicago Public Schools, the NICU, the PICU, and outpatient clinics.

Savannah has been working in early intervention and with the birth to 5 population for the past year, and has an interest in expressive/receptive language delays, feeding disorders, Down syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and children with tracheostomies/ventilators. She loves working with little ones and their families to create a respectful, fun, and comforting environment for everyone involved so that she can best support the whole development of the child and their relationships with their families. In her free time, Savannah loves to spend time with family and friends, pet every puppy she can find, and work on DIY projects.

Meg Chalmers

M.A., CCC, SLP Speech Language Pathologist, Founder of 606 Speech, LLC

Hello and thank you for taking the time to visit our website. I created 606 Speech, LLC because I wanted to share my expertise in pediatric speech therapy with the families of Chicago.

I have been a practicing Speech Language Pathologist for over fifteen years. I have worked in many different settings across a wide spectrum of specialties. I remember one of my professors in graduate school telling me Family Based Therapy was my calling, and it took me trying almost every other specialty within Speech Therapy to confirm that working with the pediatric population in a one to one setting is my passion.

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Elizabeth Abowd

Elizabeth Abowd

SLP/A Speech Therapy Assistant

Elizabeth Abowd, SLPA/L, works primarily with the birth to five population providing speech and language intervention services for a variety of diagnoses including expressive and receptive language delays, articulation disorders and phonological delays. Elizabeth earned her Speech Language Pathology Assistant degree from College of DuPage in the Spring of 2012, a Master’s in Music Performance from Roosevelt University in 2007 and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from DePaul University in 2003.

After years traveling, performing and teaching classical opera, Elizabeth decided to return to school and make a career switch to Speech Therapy. She hoped to combine her interests working with children and learning more about voice. Along with working as an SLPA, she has a private vocal studio and helps prepare state champion speech and drama High School students-with a core technique based in proper breath support, posture, alignment, and vocal health. In her free time Elizabeth enjoys running, yoga, cooking and travel. Elizabeth lives in the Ravenswood neighborhood with her husband, and two four legged “babies” Charlie and Maggie.

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Catherine Gillespie

SLP/A Speech Therapy Assistant

Catherine Gillespie is a Speech and Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA). She recently earned her certification as an SLPA from the College of DuPage. Catherine completed her clinical training with children ages 0-3 through the early intervention program as well as with children 3+ years though school age. Catherine also holds a BA in Communications and Elementary Education from Marquette University.

After graduating from Marquette, Catherine taught in a 4/5th grade split classroom in Milwaukee, WI. Catherine spent the next two years on the west coast volunteering in an AmeriCorps service program and directing a before and after school program. In 2005, Catherine returned to Chicago and began working for the Chicago Public Schools. She spent six years training school administrators on school business practices and financial planning. Catherine enjoys spending time with her husband and their 13 month old son, jogging, and working on DIY projects around the house. Catherine and her family live in the Irving Park neighborhood of Chicago.

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Savannah Sunvold

M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist

Savannah graduated from the University of Virginia in 2017 with her bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology. She went on to obtain her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Rush University in 2019, where she had practicum experience working in Chicago Public Schools, the NICU, the PICU, and outpatient clinics.

Savannah has been working in early intervention and with the birth to 5 population for the past year, and has an interest in expressive/receptive language delays, feeding disorders, Down syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and children with tracheostomies/ventilators. She loves working with little ones and their families to create a respectful, fun, and comforting environment for everyone involved so that she can best support the whole development of the child and their relationships with their families. In her free time, Savannah loves to spend time with family and friends, pet every puppy she can find, and work on DIY projects.

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Siris Rivas

M.A., CCC, SLP/LD Speech Language Pathologist

Siris Rivas-Verdejo is a Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, Feeding Therapist and Learning-Behavioral Specialist. She provides her services, consultations and evaluations with energetic modalities in a way that empowers individuals and families to choose more in their lives and have their own unique way of self-expression.

She received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and continued on to receive a dual Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Learning Disabilities at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. She has worked in schools, clinics and home settings with families and children with communication, behavior and feeding difficulties. She has received training in the PROMPT Technique, Picture Exchange Communication (PECS) and the S.O.S Approach to Feeding.

She has presented staff trainings, parent workshops and online classes on autism, multilingualism, team building, socio-emotional development, and behavioral strategies to name a few. She is bilingual in Spanish and English and specializes in working with families from linguistically and culturally diverse populations, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, sensory-based feeding difficulties and phonological disorders. Her approach empowers parents, children and professionals by nurturing connections, asking questions, and facilitating awareness.

Kelly Nelson

Christina Rooney

M.S., CF-SLP; Speech Language Pathologist

Christina graduated from Marquette University in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology. She continued her studies at Marquette where she completed her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology in 2020. Christina’s practicum experience includes work in the Milwaukee Public Schools, early intervention, and outpatient clinics. During her studies, she was an intern at a pediatric outpatient clinic and worked as an Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapist.

Christina loves working with kids and is specifically interested in Feeding/Oral Motor disorders, AAC, Autism, articulation therapy, expressive and receptive language therapy and social communication. Christina is excited to work and support families and their children to meet their child’s needs. In her free time, Christina loves to travel and cook with her family and friends.

We Treat

We use treat speech production errors though a variety of therapeutic measure.  We use place cues, visual and auditory modeling and prosody cues to help teach your child how to correctly articulate appropriate sounds expected at their age. 

We have experience treating sensory issues related to feeding as well as the motor aspects related to chewing and swallowing in young children and infants. 

 

We use play based therapy as well as structured protocols to help your child develop appropriate communication for a child their age.  We address multiple modalities to help your child meet their expressive language goals.  (sign language, provide cues, modeling)

 
Childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) is a neurological childhood speech sound disorder in which the precision and consistency of movements underlying speech are impaired in the absence of neuromuscular deficits (e.g. abnormal reflexes, abnormal tone). Source: ASHA.org  True Apraxia in children is rare .1%/.2% and often challenging to diagnose.  We work in collaboration with many developmental pediatricians to help identify, diagnose and treat your child. 

Augmentative communication is use when your child is limited in producing speech language on their own.  We have experience using PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System),   We are also able to refer your child for a communication system if needed.

 

We help teach you and your child strategies to work through episodes of dysfluency.  Some degree of dysfluency is typical in children, part of their natural development, and can be transient in young children.

 

We work together as a team with you to best help your child maximize the pragmatic, social, language and sensory issues that often accompany the diagnosis of autism. Learn more about what Autism is, at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association website. 

 

Many children have sensory which impair their ability to communicate.  We work together with Occupational Therapists to help develop methods for us help your child so they can regulate their bodies and learn.

 

We help meet our child understand language through a variety of measures.  We have experience in working with reading goals, phonemic awareness and auditory processing.  As in all areas, we refer to appropriate professionals when indicated for further assessment.

 

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