Paula Acuña M.A., CCC-SLP
Paula Acuña M.A., CCC-SLP
speech-therapist

Languages:

English, Spanish
Northwestern University
B.S. Communication
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.A. Speech and Hearing Science
  • travel, sailing, spending time outdoors
  • PROMPT,PECS,Early Intervention Specialist
  • Apraxia of Speech,Auditory Processing Disorders (APD),Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC),Aural Rehabilitation,Autism,Bilingualism,Executive Function,Developmental Disorders,Language Disorders,Literacy,Phonological Disorders, Pediatric Feeding

I am a licensed bilingual (English-Spanish) speech-language pathologist working primarily with pediatric clients who exhibit various communication delays and disorders. I enjoy serving culturally and linguistically diverse individuals and their families in educational, medical, and private settings. I received a Masters in Speech & Hearing Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received a Bachelors in Human Communication Sciences from Northwestern University. My research interest is in typical and atypical speech-language acquisition and development as it pertains to simultaneous and sequential Spanish-English bilinguals. My clinical experiences have included evaluation and treatment of children and adults with articulation / phonology, language, fluency, swallowing, and cognitive-communication disorders in schools, university clinics, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and equine facilities. www.mspaulaslp.com

Paula is a wonderful speech therapist! She was warm and engaging and my daughter looked forward to their time together. I saw changes in my daughters articulation immediately. I highly recommend her! -TherapyWorks Parent

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!