Samantha Medland MS, CCC-SLP
Samantha Medland MS, CCC-SLP
speech-therapist

Languages:

English, Spanish
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences
Rush University
Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology
  • PECS,Social Thinking,Certified Autism Specialist
  • Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC),Autism,Executive Function,Developmental Disorders,Language Disorders,Learning Disabilities,Literacy,Phonological Disorders

My name is Samantha Medland and this is my third year as a Speech-Language Pathologist. I received my Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Rush University in Chicago. I am bilingual and fluent in Spanish and English. I currently work in the north suburbs of Chicago as a school-based SLP at a public therapeutic day school. I have experience working with children and adults with traumatic brain injuries, executive functioning deficits, working memory impairments, phonemic awareness deficits, speech sound disorders, auditory processing disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Down Syndrome, craniofacial syndromes, chromosomal disorders and deletions, motor speech disorders, emotional and behavioral disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Pierre Robin Syndrome, Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy, Rett Syndrome, and other disorders.

I have extensive knowledge in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) including low tech, mid tech and high tech communication systems such as core boards, PECS, PODD Books, Tech Talk 8, Go Talk 32, Big Mac, Talking Brix, LAMP Words for Life, Tobii Dynavox Snap + Core First, TouchChat, Nova Chat technology and more. I received formal training in the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). I am trained in the most recent evidence-based practices including aided language stimulation and partner augmented input. I also have trained numerous communication partners including parents, grandparents, siblings and school staff on using communication devices. I am familiar with many adaptive equipment options for children and adults in order to better access their environment, including universal mounting systems, switch adapted technologies, toys and games and more.

I recently received recognition as a Certified Autism Specialist. The program consisted of two+ years working in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders, extensive training and education in ASD, and passing the national board Autism Competency Exam. This certification has given me special insight into ways I can support my students with ASD as well as their families! I have additionally received three ASHA Award for Continuing Education (ACE) certificates. ASHA members and/or certificate holders, who earn 7.0 ASHA CEUs in 36 months and participate in the ASHA CE Registry, are presented the Award for Continuing Education (ACE) by the Continuing Education Board (CEB) in recognition of continued professional study.

Sam was wonderful during the evaluation process. She was calm and engaged with my son extremely well. He immediately took to her and felt comfortable during the entire evaluation process. She was lovely and I really enjoyed working with her. -TherapyWorks Parent
Can I just tell you that Sam is by far the best speech therapist that we have ever had work with [our daughter]. [My husband] and I are absolutely blown away with her suggestions, approach to working with [our daughter], and how much [she] likes her as well. She is an amazing fit for our family. She is so knowledgeable!! -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!