Meet The LoopSLL Team

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Jessica, CEO, Speech-Language Pathologist and Learning Specialist, founded The Loop Speech, Language, and Learning in 2013 in order to provide exceptional speech, language, and learning support to children in their school setting. 

Jessica graduated with highest honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Communication: Speech and Hearing Sciences and a minor in English. During her time at UNC, she was a research assistant at FPG Child Development Institute, where Jessica transcribed videos for research on Autism, Fragile X Syndrome, and Down Syndrome for the Carolina Communication Initiative. She was also a research assistant at the Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Laboratory, where Jessica wrote her honors thesis on the pragmatic language profiles of mothers who have increased genetic liability to Autism and Fragile X Syndrome under the direction of Dr. Molly Losh. 

After graduating from UNC, Jessica went on to receive her master's in Speech-Language Pathology from Northwestern University, her Learning Behavior Specialist I endorsement from the University of Illinois, and her doctorate in Speech-Language Pathology from Northwestern University.  She has experience working in public and private schools and private clinics in Chicago and the Chicagoland area.  

Jessica and her staff strive to fully understand their students and tailor therapy and remediation in order to meet their unique educational needs. Jessica’s ability to assess a student’s speech, language, and learning issues and plot a course for his/her success is really just the start. She also has a rare, intuitive sense of what makes an individual student tick which allows her to reach, excite, motivate and engage them in her sessions.

Jessica is a Chicago Public Schools vendor and in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield and United Healthcare. She is trained in Wilson, Visualizing and Verbalizing, SQ Write™ by Michael Gladstein, SPELL-Links™, and has extensive professional development in executive functioning strategies and social thinking.

Dr. Jessica Wacker

CEO, Speech- Language Pathologist and Learning Specialist

Laura Martin graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech and Hearing Science. While at the University of Illinois, Laura was a research assistant in Dr. Karen Kirk’s Speech Perception lab. She went on to receive her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Purdue University.
	
Laura has provided pediatric services across a range of settings including private clinics, schools, an inpatient pediatric rehabilitation hospital, and through the Illinois Early Intervention Program. These experiences have developed Laura’s skills in working with children in the areas of articulation and phonological delays, expressive and receptive language disorders, fluency, Autism Spectrum Disorders, executive functioning impairments, pediatric feeding disorders, and Augmentative and Alternative communication. 

Laura enjoys connecting with children and their families! She is passionate about providing treatment in fun and creative ways to help children’s ability to communicate flourish. Laura holds her professional educators license, is a Certified Early-Intervention provider, and is a certified speech-language pathologist in Illinois. In her spare time, Laura likes to visit various coffee shops around any of Chicago’s numerous patios, travel to new places, and spend time with her friends and family.

Laura Martin

Speech Language Pathologist

Rebecca completed her undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Spanish at Penn State University. While at Penn State, Rebecca was a research assistant in Dr. Krista Wilkinson’s Visual Scene Display lab. Rebecca completed her graduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

After graduation, Rebecca worked in a public high school in Maryland. She has extensive experience working with children with severe disabilities, language disorders, and autism spectrum disorder. Some of Rebecca’s interests include social language and AAC (augmentative and alternative communication).

Rebecca recently relocated to Chicago. She is thrilled to continue working with children. She hopes to help many children in Chicago become more confident, competent communicators. She is a certified speech-language pathologist in Illinois, as well as a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Rebecca Michael

Speech-Language Pathologist

Jamie has more than 10 years of experience working with individuals with and without identified disabilities across the lifespan to reach their potential and achieve satisfaction within their daily occupations. The bulk of her OT experience has been within therapeutic schools, working to prepare students with autism, intellectual disability and/or emotional or behavioral disability to return to their home schools and engage with their peers in the least-restrictive environment. While Jamie has experience targeting all areas of occupation (activities of daily living, education, work, rest and sleep, play, leisure, and social participation), she is most excited to help her students realize personally meaningful success by encouraging self-identification of needs, goal-setting, and facilitated problem-solving. She believes therapy should be fun! 

Jamie lives in Chicago with her husband, two daughters, and their dog Berto. She enjoys travelling, family biking, sewing, and coffee.

Jamie Fagerburg

Occupational Therapist