"We are incredibly thankful for Stephie and the work she has done to help our son, who began stuttering at age 5. Since working with her, he has achieved great strides in his verbal communication and now feels comfortable speaking with very limited dysfluency. Stephie is an exceptional practitioner who truly connects with children-- and parents. She taught me as a parent to become a better speaker, listener, and guide for my son and provided me with a set of skills that I can apply every day to help him. Stephie is patient with children and is respectful of them. She has a keen sense of humor, which is key in working with children who are struggling. She clearly has an innate understanding of children's (and parents'!) needs, and she communicates that understanding creatively and effectively. Stephie once said that she's lucky to love what she does-- and it shows! She has the gift of helping others, and we were lucky to receive that gift."
--Clare Reter Chicago, IL
"Stephie Hirsh has worked with our 10 year old son, Erik, who stutters, for close to 2 years. The difference in Erik before starting therapy with Stephie and now is phenomenal. He is confident, happy, and able to stand up for himself. Most importantly, he is able to communicate. Stephie is one of those special people you feel lucky to find. She's a gift to the Chicago stuttering community; she's involved, educated and always on top of the latest research. What we find special and unique about Stephie is her ability to connect with kids, and let them know they're not alone." --Kirsten Yehl Chicago,IL
"Stephie was great! We brought our 3 year old son to her because of a speech delay. Stephie made our son feel comfortable immediately and had a clear plan of action. We saw results in just a few short weeks. After a few months he was speaking full, clear 15 word sentences. I would definitely recommend Stephie to any parent of children with speech disorders. We only wish we had gone to see her sooner." -- Davoren Family Skokie, IL
"My 18 year old high school senior started therapy to help her as she prepared to go to college and was anxious about all of the new people and opportunities that might be challenging for her regarding her stuttering. Her sessions with Stephanie enabled her to practice real life situations and increase her comfort when she stutters and also strategies for her to communicate more effortlessly. By the time she left she had the confidence and comfort she needed to tackle meeting new people and having new experiences. She conquered her fear of having to introduce herself as well as participating in small discussion classes. I am so thankful for all of the support she received and the "safe" environment to practice these newly developed skills and strengths."
-- R.B Skokie, IL
"My son has been seeing Stephie for articulation therapy for over one year. Stephie and my son have developed a great relationship and he adores her fun, high-energy personality. Stephie excels at constructing a program with kid-appealing games and engaging activities that get positive results. My son's speech has improved greatly since he has been seeing her."
-- Lisa K., Winnetka, IL
"We started to take our four year old son to see "Ms Stephie" after he developed some severe stuttering. He initially started therapy through our school district, however the results were negligible. We learned at the end of the school year that he would not be eligible for speech therapy over the summer; we knew we needed to enroll him in private stuttering therapy right away. We have been working with Ms Stephie for a little over a year and we are very pleased with the results. Our son now has very little to no disfluency. The direct involvement our son received from Ms Stephie was great, however perhaps more importantly, Ms Stephie taught us what to look for, what to do, and how to handle certain situations. As a result, it has made a huge impact on our son's progress. Through our sessions with Ms Stephie, we have learned a great deal about how to work with our child to promote fluency, and also how to become more aware parents. Ms Stephie has always made herself available to us during nights and weekends in case we had any questions or concerns that we needed to discuss." -- Hakim Family Northbrook, IL