Anna Zak MA, CCC-SLP
Anna Zak MA, CCC-SLP
speech-therapist

Languages:

Russian, Spanish
University of Wisconsin- Madison
B.A. in Communicative Disorders, B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature
San Diego State University
M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Professional- Childhood Language Development, Literacy, Bilingualism and Cognition; Personal- biking, dance, performing arts, travel
  • Visualizing and Verbalizing
  • Accent Modification,Apraxia of Speech,Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC),Bilingualism,Fluency/Fluency Disorders,Language Disorders,Literacy,Phonological Disorders,Resonance Disorders,Voice Disorders

As an SLP for the past 10+ years, I have had a wide variety of experience working with children across outpatient settings, private practice, schools, and homes. Most recently, I have been working at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab with pediatrics and adults. I provide evaluation and treatment to children with disorders including, but not limited to, articulation/phonology, fluency, motor speech (e.g. Cerebral Palsy), Childhood Apraxia of Speech, social communication difficulties, and receptive/expressive language disorders, as well as adults with aphasia, dysphagia, voice disorders, and cognitive-linguistic deficits. I am particularly passionate about working with bilingual (Spanish/English) children to ensure that they receive appropriate treatment for cross-linguistic speech, language, or reading development. I also love working on phonological awareness to facilitate reading and spelling skills, as I find that kids become more engaged and motivated when they also see increased academic success. I have experience treating children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and traumatic brain injuries as well. One of my favorite aspects of being a speech therapist is collaborating with parents and other professionals in order to maximize outcomes and carryover of treatment, and I am always happy to provide education or training in management techniques.
When I am not working with clients and their families, I love to explore the world and meet people from various cultures. I’m also an avid hiker, skier, and general outdoor enthusiast.

COVID-19 Protocol

We hope you and your family are continuing to stay safe and healthy! We have outlined our protocols for in-person sessions during COVID-19. As you know, the health and safety of our clients and therapists remain our highest priority. As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we work together through these unprecedented times.


Hand Washing:
Upon arrival at your home, your therapist will wash their hands with soap and water and/or use hand sanitizer. We ask that you and your child also wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer upon your therapist’s arrival.
 
Facemasks:
We are asking our therapists to wear masks upon entering your home and throughout your child’s session. That said, we understand that some children have adverse reactions to seeing adults in masks and will leave it up to you and your therapist to decide your comfort level while still taking safety precautions.
 
We ask that parents and caregivers also follow the guidelines and wear masks when sitting in on sessions. We will not enforce that policy, but we do kindly ask for compliance.
 
As for your child, we realize that masks may not be appropriate for every child so we will not enforce the rule that children over the age of 2 should wear a mask.  However, if your therapist insists that your child wear a mask, then that will be a requirement directly between the two of you. We respect our therapists’ individual comfort levels with safety precautions and ask that you respect them as well.

 

Protocol Acknowledgment and Health Certification:

Before your child’s first in-person session, we are asking clients to submit an acknowledgment of these protocols and a health certification, which you can find here. Thank you again for your cooperation and for helping all of us stay healthy!