The Center for Communication & Fluency Therapy was founded by Stephanie Hirsh M.A., CCC-SLP in 2009. The center provides stuttering therapy to children and adults on Chicago's north shore (Glencoe, IL). Services include evaluations, therapy (individual and group), as well as consultations with school therapists and educators.
Stephanie is extremely passionate about working with people who stutter and began the practice to work with preschool, school-age, adolescents, and adults who stutter. Stephanie received her master's degree in speech language pathology from Northwestern University and bachelor's degree in elementary education from University of Michigan.
Stephanie had the opportunity early on in her career to be mentored by the best of the best in the stuttering therapy world and continues to learn from her colleagues and clients. In addition to these mentor relationships, Stephanie has participated in intensive clinical training, and has also received early intervention training in the evidenced-based Lidcombe Program for young children who stutter which helps guide her work with preschoolers who stutter.
Over the years, Stephanie has been involved with FRIENDS- The National Organization for Children Who Stutter and The National Stuttering Association (NSA). Stephanie helped organize and facilitate a one-day Chicago FRIENDS conference and has facilitated multiple workshops at the National Friends Conventions. In addition, Stephanie founded and co- facilitated a support group for school-age children and teens through the National Stuttering Association (NSAkids and TWST groups).
Stephanie has been a guest speaker at the Northwestern University graduate level stuttering/fluency course for multiple years. In addition, she brings a personal perspective as a person who stutters.
Prior to opening the Center for Communication & Fluency Therapy, Stephanie gained clinical experience in school, daycare, and private practice settings. She evaluated and treated infants, children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of disorders (i.e. fluency, articulation, language, apraxia, motor planning, aphasia, cognitive impairment, social/pragmatic impairments, hearing impairment).
Prior to becoming a speech language pathologist, Stephanie taught 4th-6th grade students as a Math Specialist at an independent, college preparatory day school.
Stephanie is a member of the ASHA's fluency special interest division (4), the National Stuttering Association, and FRIENDS- The National Association of Young People who Stutter.
Stephanie is also a wife and mother to three adorable children.