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Feeding therapy is of particular interest to Maureen. She has completed the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) and Food Chaining Programs, and has taken extensive coursework in breastfeeding. Maureen also focuses her treatment on oral rest posture, tongue thrusting, treating speech sound disorders, and oral habit elimination. She has attended advanced courses in silent airway disorders, sleep disorders, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), and craniofacial pain. Maureen is a member and strong advocate of the American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry which helps to bring awareness to Silent Airway Disorders. Maureen is a three-time recipient of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Award for Continuing Education ‘ACE’ Awards for her commitment to continuing her professional education.
Maureen’s expertise in myofunctional therapy is very personal to her as she was first exposed to the field of Orofacial Myology through her family. Maureen’s father, aunt, and uncle are second-generation dentists who were seeking better care for their patients presenting with TMD, grinding/clenching, orthodontic relapse, tongue thrust, chewing difficulties & swallowing disorders. They encouraged Maureen to complete the intensive certification process for these specialty areas. Maureen’s strong background in dentistry led her to learn more about the mouth and how myofunctional therapy would complement her practice areas of focus.
Maureen has achieved many specializations within a few short years. She has been an ASHA Certified Speech Pathologist since 2006, an Early Intervention Specialist since 2007, and an Orofacial Myologist since 2010. Maureen completed an internship with Joy Moeller, one of the profession’s most accomplished orofacial myologists, in her California private practices and completed advanced education in orofacial myofunctional disorders. Maureen earned her certification with the International Association of Orofacial Myology in July 2013.
Some speech challenges in which Maureen specializes are uniquely personal to her having personally struggled with TMD and tongue thrusting. She was able to complete the therapeutic program with success, enjoying relief from discomfort and the ability to breathe and swallow with less effort. Her TMD is finally managed for the first time in almost 20 years. The empathy Maureen brings to every patient from having experienced what many endure gives her a unique insight for her patients’ needs. “It’s the quality of life issues that make me want to help everyone that walks in my door, my goal is to make everyone feel better,” she states.
Maureen is a Member Of The Following Professional Associations and Organizations:
American Speech-Language Hearing Association • Illinois Speech-Language Hearing Association • Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy • American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry • International Association of Orofacial Myology • Provider Connections of Illinois
Maureen holds a Master of Science degree from St. Xavier University’s College of Communication Sciences and Disorders, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Psychology from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. A lifelong Chicagoan, Maureen graduated from St. Ignatius College Preparatory.
Outside of her practice, Maureen enjoys Pilates, traveling, hiking, skiing, golfing, and cooking with her husband.
Julie Carey is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist. Julie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 2005 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she studied speech and hearing science, and later earned a Master of Arts degree in 2007 from Northern Illinois University’s College of Health and Human Sciences.
Since 2007, Julie has provided speech-language services in the elementary school setting, with the majority of her caseload consisting of students with autism spectrum disorders and developmental delays.
Maureen Cooney is a Certified Speech Pathologist and Certified Orofacial Myologist and is the principal in her practice, Grady Cooney Speech Partners, Ltd., founded in 2007.
Maureen and her team provide speech, feeding, and orofacial myofunctional therapy services for early intervention (EI), pediatrics, and adults in private practice in their new state of the art clinic in Oak Lawn, IL and in-home settings when possible.
Maureen has professional clinical experience in a variety of settings including acute and sub-acute rehabilitation, stroke units, outpatient rehabilitation, private practice, and support groups for stroke and fluency.
Following graduate school Kerry went on to provide speech, language and swallowing services in the special education setting. There, she worked with children ages 3- 22 years old with a variety of needs and diagnoses. Kerry worked part time at Grady Cooney Speech Partners while still employed full time in the special education setting. She left the school setting in 2016 to become a full-time team member at Grady Cooney Speech Partners.
Since then, Kerry has earned her certificate as an early intervention provider and has completed the orofacial myology training course. Kerry currently resides in Evergreen Park, IL with her husband and daughter. In her free time she enjoys DIY projects, cleaning, being outside, and spending as much time as possible with her family and friends.
Kerry is a certified and licensed speech language pathologist. Kerry grew up in Oak Lawn, Illinois living with her parents and six siblings. She graduated from Mother McAuley in 2006 and went on to study Speech and Hearing Science at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. After receiving her Bachelors degree in 2010, Kerry came back to Chicago to earn a Masters in Science from the College of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Saint Xavier University in 2012.
Madeline is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist who grew up in a big family in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She moved to the south side of Chicago to attend Saint Xavier University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2011. Madeline then earned her Master of Arts degree in Speech Pathology from Central Michigan University in 2014. Madeline went on to provide speech-language services in the elementary school setting in Hawai’i for students ranging from 3 to 22 years of age with a variety of diagnoses.
Madeline returned to the Midwest, and since then, has become certified as an early intervention provider and completed the
Elizabeth Nolan, M.S, CCC-SLP
Elizabeth Nolan is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist. Elizabeth grew up in Oak Lawn and attended Mother McAuley High School. After Mother McAuley, Elizabeth attended Illinois State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 2014 and a Master of Science degree in 2016.
Since graduating, Elizabeth has provided speech-language services in the elementary school setting to preschool through school age students with a wide variety of diagnoses, including autism spectrum disorders, down syndrome and developmental delay.
Jill is a certified Speech Language Pathologist. Jill grew up in Evergreen Park with her mom, dad, two older brothers, and younger sister. She attended Evergreen’s public schools and graduated from Evergreen Park High School in 2005.
After graduation, Jill remained local choosing Saint Xavier University where she went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, in 2009. She continued her studies at SXU to earn her Masters in Science from the College of Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2011.
Katie Villasenor is a certified and licensed bilingual speech-language pathologist. She grew up in Evergreen Park and attended Mother McAuley High School. She then went on to earn her Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Science with a minor in Spanish in 2008 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During her time there, she studied abroad in Granada, Spain.
Katie continued her education by earning her Master of Science degree in 2010 from Marquette University in Speech Pathology with a Bilingual English-Spanish Certificate.
Kiley is a certified Developmental Therapist. She grew up in Des Moines, Iowa with her parents and three siblings. Kiley attended Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa where she earned Bachelors of Arts degrees in Psychology and Public Relations in 2009.
After graduation, Kiley moved to Chicago to attend Erikson Institute where she graduated with a Master of Science in Child Development with a specialization in Infancy (birth to three) in 2012. Since graduation, Kiley has worked in the field of Early Intervention and Early Childhood Education as a Developmental
Julie currently resides in Oak Lawn with her husband and three young children. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading and shopping.
Elizabeth currently lives in Oak Lawn and enjoys traveling, running, reading and spending time with family.
Since then, Jill has had professional experiences in school settings as well as private practice. She has worked with children ranging in age from birth to eighteen with diagnoses including Articulation/Phonology disorders, language delay, non-verbal, Down syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, among others.
Jill currently resides in Mount Greenwood with her husband and daughter. In her free time, Jill enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing volleyball, crafting, and being outside.
Since graduating, Katie has practiced in the early childhood, elementary and middle school settings, as well as in the outpatient medical setting, treating children and adults of diverse
cultural backgrounds with developmental delays, autism spectrum disorders, language disorders, fluency, traumatic brain injury and aphasia. She completed the orofacial myology training course in 2017. She currently resides in Oak Lawn with her husband and two sons. They enjoy traveling, spending time with family and friends and being outdoors.
Therapist and Consultant. She has worked with children ranging from birth to three years of age and their families in the school systems, private practice, as well as within a residential substance abuse treatment setting.
Kiley currently resides in the Beverly neighborhood in Chicago with her husband and son. In her free time Kiley enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and cooking.
orofacial myology training course. In her free time, she loves to run, bake, read, hike, and swim.