Christianna Broton

M.S., CCC-SLP

Chicago, Illinois

5.00 / 5 avg

2 Reviews

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About me

Hi! I'm Christianna. I received my graduate degree in speech-language pathology in 2014 from Illinois State University. My dad, uncle, and late grandparents play a huge role in my drive to become a Speech-Language Pathologist. My grandfather came to this country when he was 14 years old, fleeing Greece during a time of war. He worked hard, learned English, and became a successful businessman before meeting and falling in love with my grandmother. They had two healthy baby boys about 18 months apart from one another, the oldest being my dad and the youngest being my uncle. When it was time for my uncle to be born, my dad went to stay with his aunt and uncle, and it was there that they realized in their own very loud and busy home with three young boys that my father was not responding to his name readily. Upon further investigation, requiring extreme patience in a time when medicine did not have infant testing and safeguards built in, it was discovered that both my father and uncle had congenital hearing loss. My grandparents became amazing advocates, not only for their own children but for the special education community as a whole. They sought help from educators and speech pathologists far and near, traveling up to 50 miles (one way!) to access therapy sessions. My dad and uncle worked hard from a very young age to learn to be aural-oral communicators with the help of hearing augmentation. As I grew older, I learned more about the things my grandparents did and how strenuously my dad and uncle worked just to access educational and social experiences. I thought back on a lot of my childhood experiences that helped me to understand my dad's disability: the TTY machine in our home, closed caption forever running along the bottom of our TV screens, the distinct whistle of my dad's hearing aid when too much wind hit his earmold tubing, learning how to lipread from a young age, and my dad asking me how to pronounce words that had sequential high-frequency sounds. In choosing a career, I knew that speech pathology was not only already engrained into my daily life, but I wanted to be a part of all the lifelong effects of the professional's, parent's, and patient's hard work. I have experience working in school and pediatric outpatient settings. My work thus far has been focused on the pediatric population, but I am curious and motivated to learn more about adult specialties! I am proud to have achieved my Certified Lactation Counselor training and am specialized in pediatric feeding disorders. I have an SOS Feeding Certification, as well as training in Oral Placement Therapy and Sensory Motor Feeding. I was fortunate to take part in the Mary Massery training "If You Can't Breathe, You Can't Function" to learn how to more holistically treat patients who have airway dysfunction. I have participated in several trainings related to parent coaching and play-based therapy. I take pride in being an Illinois Early Intervention provider and helping patients and their families in the 0-3 population. I would describe my clinical style as holistic, client-centered, functional, individualized/personalized, family-centric, routines-based, strengths-based, sensory-integrative, and rooted in client empowerment by creating self-advocates.

Practice details and specialties

states licensed to practice

Illinois

languages spoken

English

Education and training

M.S., Illinois State University

B.S., Illinois State University

specialties

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Cleft Palate/Cleft Lip

Down syndrome

Early Language Development

Pediatric Articulation/Phonological Disorder

Pediatric Dysphagia/Sensory Feeding

Pediatric Fluency/Stuttering

Pediatric Receptive-Expressive Language Disorder

Pediatric/Adolescent Social-Pragmatics

Literacy

Sensory Feeding

Pediatric Mixed Language

Adult Articulation

Adult Fluency/Stuttering

Adult Social-Pragmatics

Other interests

I love cooking and baking and am always looking for new recipes to try! I am a new mom to my sweet little Penelope and have enjoyed my role of motherhood so much! My husband and I enjoy traveling and spending time outside, mostly near water under the sun!

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2 reviews

It was so refreshing being with Christy again. She is very talented and always has the best interventions for what we as parents are challenged with, with (my child). She is so vital to our success and we can't express our gratitude enough for her support.

F.J./Mar 2, 2024

First of all Christy was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. From day one she made us so comfortable, talking about your child having a struggle is hard and she was so understanding and supportive. Christy is our first provider and she has definitely set the bar very high. We couldn’t be any more grateful for her and the advice she has provided us, and I know that she has made an everlasting impression on our family. You are so lucky to have her on your team!

F.J./Dec 24, 2023

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