About Our Practice

Compassionate, Individualized Speech Therapy for Diverse Needs

Ms. Paula, SLP Bilingual Speech-Language Services was founded by a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist who saw a need for specialized, therapeutic support among culturally and linguistically diverse families in her community.

We strive to provide our clients with high-quality services in English and Spanish, including evaluation, therapy, and consultation. These services are all performed by skilled and experienced speech therapists in the comfort of the client’s own home. Our approach is anchored by family engagement and participation to enhance and accelerate the outcomes of therapy. In addition to bilingual evaluations and speech-language therapy, Ms. Paula, SLP offers consultative services for parents and educators, as well as implementation training for augmentative & alternative communication (AAC) and ongoing parent/caregiver coaching.

Ms. Paula, SLP stands apart by offering a full range of bilingual therapy services and accepting a wide range of health insurance plans.

Team Members

Paula Acuña | ​Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist

Paula Acuña M.A., CCC-SLP

​Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist
Terapeuta de habla y lenguaje bilingüe

Paula Acuña, M.A., CCC-SLP, known as Ms. Paula by her clients, offers customized speech, language, and feeding intervention for children and adults with a wide range of abilities to promote independence and improve their quality of life.

With advanced training in early intervention, bilingual education, the PROMPT technique, picture exchange communication system (PECS), social thinking, and feeding therapy, Paula supports individuals with various diagnoses including autism, apraxia, Down syndrome, developmental delay, hearing impairment, learning disabilities, phonological disorder, specific language impairment, and traumatic brain injury.

Paula has a Masters in Speech & Hearing Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Bachelors in Human Communication Sciences from Northwestern University. Her research interest is in typical and atypical speech-language acquisition and development as it pertains to simultaneous and sequential Spanish–English bilinguals. She maintains an Early Intervention credential and a Professional Educator License with ESL Special Education and Bilingual Special Education Teacher-Spanish approvals.

Diana Santana | Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist

Diana Santana, M.A., CCC-SLP

Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist
Terapeuta de habla y lenguaje bilingüe

Diana Santana, M.A., CCC-SLP is a nationally certified bilingual speech-language pathologist with experience providing therapy to children ages 2 through the school-age years. Since beginning her career in the field of speech-language pathology, she has practiced in preschools, elementary schools, and via teletherapy. Her area of specialty is working with bilingual (Spanish–English) children with speech and language impairments.

Diana received her Bachelors in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Elmhurst College. She then went on to receive her Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Indiana University. While at Indiana University, she participated in and completed the Speech Therapy Education, Practicum, and Services (STEPS) program for Latino families. Through this program Diana obtained specialized training in providing culturally and linguistically appropriate services to Spanish–English bilingual children and their families.

Diana is located in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. When she is not providing speech-language services, she enjoys booking flights and traveling to new places. While on her trips, Diana loves trying new foods, learning about its people, and exploring nature. Diana also enjoys spending time with her family, her friends, and most importantly her dog.

Torianna Crawford - Bilingual Speech Therapy | Ms Paula SLP

Torianna Crawford, M.S., CCC-SLP

Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist
Terapeuta de habla y lenguaje bilingüe

Torianna Crawford, M.S., CCC-SLP, is an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist with experience providing services to the pediatric population through early intervention, in preschools, and in elementary schools.

Torianna received her Bachelors in Spanish Linguistics from the University of Illinois-Chicago, and she spent a semester studying abroad in the Dominican Republic to improve her use of the Spanish language. Torianna then went on to receive her Masters degree in Speech, Language, and Learning from Northwestern University. Working for Joliet District 86, Torianna provided bilingual Spanish-English services to many of her early child and elementary students.

Torianna is located on the southside in the city of Chicago. When she is not providing services to students and clients, she enjoys trying new restaurants and cuisines around the city and posting pictures of the exquisite cuisine on her food blog on Instagram.

Liliana De Leon - Bilingual Speech Therapy | Ms Paula SLP

Liliana De Leon, M.A., CCC-SLP

Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist
Terapeuta de habla y lenguaje bilingüe

Liliana De Leon, M.A., CCC-SLP, is an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist serving pediatric clients. She has experience providing therapy services ranging from early childhood through elementary school both in-person and via teletherapy.

Liliana received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She spent a summer semester studying abroad in Spain to improve her conversational language skills. Liliana then went on to receive her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Indiana University, with a concentration in bilingual (Spanish-English) service delivery. At IU, Liliana was trained to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services to diverse clients and their families.

Liliana is located on the northwest side of Chicago. Outside of work, she enjoys visiting new coffee shops around the city, going on long walks, learning French, and spending time with family and friends.

Speech Language Pathologist

Judy Yacker, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Judy Yacker, M.S., CCC-SLP, is an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University, Judy has an M.A. in the Teaching of English and Composition.

She has experience working with young children with a wide variety of speech and language needs through an Early Childhood Program in a local school district, as well as school aged children. Judy is also certified to teach yoga to children with special needs and frequently incorporates mindfulness and movement into her therapy sessions.

Judy is located in the North Shore and enjoys travel, theater, and, surprisingly, playing darts in the garage. Judy is an avid reader and loves using children’s books to elicit language, as well as pictures and videos of her often naughty dog, Kiwi.

Media Mentions

September 2020: Wilmette Living

How to Identify Speech-Language Milestones and Facilitate Growth at Home​

​by Paula Acuña

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April 2020: Zora Medium

Lockdown Is Forcing Special Needs Parents to Get Creative

​by Arionne Nettles

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