Woman with long blonde hair in a blue jacketWelcome to all our new staff members! We are giving you an opportunity to meet them with these short interviews. Katy Sosna is our new Early Intervention Specialist.

How did you get interested in becoming a speech-language specialist?

Even before graduate school, it has always been an aspiration of mine to discover a way to best impact children with hearing loss and their families, to one day see a child who wears a cochlear implant or hearing aid take part in everyday life comfortably from an early age using listening and spoken language. I witnessed the pure excitement of a child with a cochlear implant responding to their name when called by their mother for the first time during my year as a Speech Pathology Assistant. This experience ignited a passion to explore how to become an advocate for this community and to empower each child’s caregivers to be the best resource for their child they can be.

What other experiences have you had working with children with hearing loss and their families?

While attending Fontbonne University, I received a scholarship to be an IPEI Grant Scholar to work as part of an interdisciplinary team with Audiologists and Teachers of the Deaf for children with hearing loss and their families birth to 3. This provided me with student clinical opportunities in both early intervention and school-based practicums. Just this last year, I completed my clinical fellowship at Desert Voices OPTION School in Arizona, clinically supervised by a LSLS Cert. AVEd mentor while guiding and coaching parents to become the primary facilitators of their child’s listening and spoken-language development.

What is the most rewarding part of your work?

I love being able to help parents and caregivers get silly and out of their shell when playing with their child using listening and spoken language strategies. It can be different and new for people to sing, narrate throughout daily routines, and change how their voice sounds during particular speech sounds saiba mais (или mais informações). It is a fun experience figuring out how to get each parent and/or caregiver engaged and develop their skills.

What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time, I love exploring Chicago restaurants and shops with my friends and boyfriend. Finding new coffee spots after going for a walk with my corgi on the weekends has been my Sunday tradition since moving here in June. I also enjoy traveling throughout Illinois to discover new thorough-hiking sites and camping overnight.