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Stephanie D.

Harwood Heights, IL

$60/hour

Tutor with a graduate degree

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Elmhurst College
Communication Health Science
Midwestern University
Other

Education

Elmhurst College (Communication Health Science)

Midwestern University (Other)

About Stephanie

From a very young age, I have always had a passion for academically supporting students,

I have received a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, as well as a minor in Psychology, from Elmhurst College.
The foundation of my didactic coursework focused on the speech and language acquisition and development across all ages of the lifespan, with a focus on typical and atypical speech and language development of infants and children.

My clinical experiences as an undergraduate clinician have provided me with a strong foundation in terms of my application of knowledge as well recognizing the qualities I valued most as a clinician working with children spanning from four to fifteen years of age.

My volunteer experiences at the undergraduate level have also provided me with extensive experiences which have supplemented my academic coursework. Throughout my four year academic tenor at Elmhurst College, I was an active tutor at Gigi’s Playhouse. Gigi's Playhouse provides education centers, as well as teaching resources, that provide further support for those individuals with Down syndrome, as well as their families. Each tutor is trained in a hierarchical literacy program prior to the beginning of each semester at the Playhouse. I have independently worked with multiple students in the literacy program, all of which varied in their abilities and severity of their syndromes. During this time, I also assisted typically developing students in a full-time Kindergarten classroom. I assisted the primary classroom teacher with various subjects including mathematics and reading. I upheld several duties including assessing students’ abilities in oral reading and comprehension.

I was also inducted into Alpha Epsilon Delta, an honor’s society for pre-health professional. In addition, I was also inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, an honors society for students who have achieved academic excellence throughout their collegiate experience. Juniors must have completed at least seventy-two credit hours and rank scholastically in the top 7.5 percent of their class. Seniors must rank in the top ten percent of their class. A high cumulative grade point average, participating in a service project, and serving as the Vice-President in this organization were my primary obligations. I was inducted into this society during my second academic year.

I went on to pursue a Master's Degree in Communication Health Sciences from Midwestern University. During this time, I was challenged both academically and clinically in terms of the amount and length of course work in addition to the number of clients and their area of need. I perfected my communication skills with care-givers and other professionals of different educational backgrounds in addition to the skills that I identified early on as an undergraduate clinician.

During my graduate clinical experiences, I have had the privilege of working with and providing evaluation and treatment (which included making extensive lesson plans for each student for each therapy session)to a diverse group of individuals from all phases of life (infancy thru adulthood) with varying degrees of diagnoses.

I have also participated in many volunteer experiences at the graduate level including Reading Rock Stars and Let's Talk Summer Camp. The Reading Rock stars event promoted literacy for children ages three- to eight-years-old with interactive games, educational booths, and fun learning activities. Children had the opportunity to explore various fun activities designed to improve their language and literacy skills. One aspect that I have divulged in throughout my academic career at Midwestern University was to determine a child's reading readiness and to provide activities and/or treatment that strived to improve their language, speech, and literacy skills. ).I was recruited by faculty members from the Speech-Language Department at Midwestern University to participate in the Let’s Talk Camp. This program was designed to provide an intensive and fun experience directed at improving speech production for children who are diagnosed with Childhood Apraxia of Speech or who have verbal speech challenges. It consisted of individual therapy, both small and large group sessions, as well as parent education sessions. I was paired with a male school-aged child for intensive 60-90 minute, individual (daily) sessions in which I independently planned for, made materials and activities, and documented progression and change in minor speech disorders over the duration of the experience (other than this mild speech disorder, the child was typically developing). Additionally, I also had the responsibility of planning for group literacy activities for all of the school-aged children which included interactive and engaging story-time activities as well as language embedded activities.

Throughout my six-year academic career, I have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and above.

I currently provide provide a seven year old child with supplemental speech and language support as well as reading during private tutoring sessions that occur at a local library, 2x per week, for one hour sessions.

For the last six years, I have had the privilege of meeting, working, and learning from students, clients, care-givers, and other professionals. What I have found to be successful is identifying the individual needs of each person and tailoring your lesson plans too fit their needs for that particular moment in time. Whether the session is clinician directed or child directed, it is crucial to provide positive reinforcement and identify activities that will motivate each child to complete tasks that may appear mundane to them. I enjoy getting to know each student and their caregivers and building the rapport that is needed for success inside of a creative, fun, successful and motivating learning environment.


I have always had a passion for reading and writing which is one of the reasons I was interested in this field of study. As listed above, I have had significant exposure to teaching phonics (phonemic and phonetic awareness), articulation, and reading comprehension. Impeccable reading, writing, and vocabulary skills were and continue too be crucial skills in this area of study, therefore, I have perfected these skills throughout my academic and clinical years.

I encourage both parents and students too contact me for additional information about my education and personal experiences as well as specific information regarding scheduling times and frequency of sessions and desired locations for sessions. I hope that the information I have provided will fit the needs and be the perfect match that you are looking for in a tutor.
From a very young age, I have always had a passion for academically supporting students,

I have received a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, as well as a minor in Psychology, from Elmhurst College.
The foundation of my didactic coursework focused on the speech and language acquisition and development
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Policies
Cancellation
36 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Harwood Heights, IL 60706
In-person lessons
English:
Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
Reading, Writing
History:
Writing
Special Needs:
Phonics,
Reading, Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Handwriting, Phonics,
Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary, Writing
Business:
Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Phonics

Private Tutoring (Past/Current 2016-Ongoing): I have provided private tutoring to a toddler regarding communication deficits in addition to currently providing additional speech and reading support to a typically developing school-aged child (seven years of age).

Let's Talk Summer Camp (Summer 2014): Let’s Talk Camp was designed to provide an intensive and fun experience directed at improving speech production for children who are diagnosed with Childhood Apraxia of Speech or who have verbal speech challenges. It consisted of individual therapy, both small and large group sessions, as well as parent education sessions. I was recruited by faculty members from the Speech-Language Department at Midwestern University to participate in this camp. I was paired with a male school-aged child for intensive 60-90 minute, individual (daily) sessions in which I independently planned for, made materials and activities, and documented progression and change in minor speech disorders over the duration of the experience (other than this mild speech disorder, the child was typically developing).

Additionally, I also had the responsibility of planning for group literacy activities for all of the school-aged children which included interactive and engaging story-time activities as well as language embedded activities (e.g. 100% of the activities were language-infused, therefore, even during a snack time activity in which children were able to create their own "fruit snake," the concepts and skills of comprehension, articulation, phonetic and phonemic awareness (segmenting, blending, print awareness), direction-following, and behavior management were targeted).

Reading Rock Stars (Summer 2015): The Reading Rock stars event promoted literacy for children ages three- to eight-years-old with interactive games, educational booths, and fun learning activities. Children had the opportunity to explore various fun activities designed to improve their language and literacy skills. One aspect that I have divulged in throughout my academic career at Midwestern University was to determine a child's reading readiness and to provide activities and/or treatment that strived to improve their language, speech, and literacy skills.

Elmhurst College
Communication Health Science
Midwestern University
Other

Education

Elmhurst College (Communication Health Science)

Midwestern University (Other)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 36 hours notice required

Travel policy

Stephanie will travel within 10 miles of Harwood Heights, IL 60706.