Caryn Sachs Burstein and Associates, LLC is a private practice providing comprehensive diagnostic speech and language evaluations and treatment on the North shore of Chicago and surrounding suburbs. Together with her their associates, Julie Kahn, M.A., CCC-SLP and Caryn Burstein, M.S., CCC-SLP serve children, adolescents and teens challenged by a variety of speech and/or language impairments.

The children we serve present speech and language challenges including: Articulation and phonological disorders; deficits in auditory and language processing and memory, receptive and expressive language, verbal formulation, fluency and word retrieval; play and socialization challenges, pragmatic language and social cognitive disorders; and phonological processing or awareness, early reading fluency, comprehension and written language.

Our children’s challenges have been associated with diagnoses including: Late Talkers, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Dysarthria, Myofunctional disorders and Tongue Thrust, Mixed Receptive and Expressive Language Disorder, Specific Language Impairment and Language-based Learning Disability, Central Auditory Processing Disorder, ADD and ADHD, social emotional and/or anxiety disorders, Sensory Processing and Integration disorders, Nonverbal Learning Disabilities, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, and a variety of genetic disorders including Fragile X Syndrome and Down Syndrome.

Thorough comprehensive evaluations, reviews of child’s records and ongoing progress assessment assures that programs are carefully individualized to meet the needs of each child. We believe that a child’s parents are an essential component of the therapeutic process, and encourage close interaction and participation throughout a child’s program. We work collaboratively with other health providers, physicians, psychologists, social workers, occupational and physical therapists, visual therapists, educational consultants, teachers, and the school’s multidisciplinary team to assure that a child’s social, emotional and academic needs are all met.  As an integral member of the child’s team, we offer consultation and advocacy, and make ourselves available to accompany our parents to school and team meetings whenever invited. We work closely with our clients’ families and educational teams to problem-solve, assess intervention strategies and enhance communication across therapeutic settings.   We offer inservices and consultation upon invitation and are happy to help in any way that we can.

Children are seen individually, in dyads or triads.  Larger Social Pragmatic Communication Groups are offered for children possessing social cognitive deficits and are having trouble socializing with their peers.  Depending on the needs of the children the groups are facilitated by the speech and language therapist and a social worker or occupational therapist.

Additionally, we offer home and school visits and consultation.  Our therapists also offer a “push-in” model of intervention, in which the preschool aged child is seen within their classroom or camp setting, allowing for the opportunity to problem solve communication challenges with the teachers, and through consultation and direct intervention in the natural environment, to facilitate successful social interactions for the children.

When you call us, your call will be returned by Julie Kahn. Julie responds to all initial calls herself to give you the personal attention you and your child deserve.  For evaluations, Caryn will follow up. We are always happy to talk to you, and answer any questions you may have.  Please allow up to 24 hours for Julie to call you back.