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Elena DiSanto, M.A., CCC-SLP

Elena DiSanto received her undergraduate degree in communication disorders from Northern Illinois University, and her Masters of Arts in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Urbana Champaign. She is a licensed speech language pathologist who currently works at a therapeutic day school in the northwest suburbs, where her focus is implementing comprehensive alternative and augmentative communication systems for students to become active participants in their educational environment. She is passionate about the use of AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) to supplement and expand on students developing communication skills. Elena has specialized training in LAMP (Language Acquisition through Motor Planning), PECS (Picture Exchange Communication Systems) and Switch Access -for children who require switches to access their capacities to communicate. Elena believes that play is fundamental to a child's development and is pivotal in the development of language and social communication skills. Her favorite part of being a therapist revolves around interacting with children and giving them a means to communicate with those around them.  In her free time, Elena enjoys both gardening and reading.