Kelly Canavan, SLPD, CCC-SLP

Department Head – Speech-Language Pathology, On-Boarder, Speech-Language Pathologist

Eyas Landing Employee Since 2014

Education

Clinical Doctorate in Speech-Language Pathology
Northwestern University

Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders
University of Central Florida

Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
Towson University

Credentials and Certifications

  • Licensed and ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist  
  • Credentialed Early Intervention Specialist  
  • Nonviolent Crisis Prevention Intervention Certified 
  • CPR/First Aid Certified 
  • Beckman Oral Motor Specialist 
  • PROMPT certified 
  • Harvard BOK Higher Education Teaching Certificate 

Clinical Expertise

  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) 
  • Early Language Development 
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder 
  • Articulation/Phonological Disorders 
  • Sensory Feeding 

Publications

Canavan, K. (2017). Top 5 Gifts With Tips For Speech Therapy. 

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My Story

My passion for helping children find their way in school and in the community stems back to before I can even remember. I came across speech-language pathology when my sister started receiving services in school for the dreaded /r/ sound. After learning more about the profession and how it would allow me to help others communicate, I realized this is what I was meant to do!  

While working on my master’s degree I began to fall in love with a very specific area, augmentative, and alternative communication (AAC). One of my favorite graduate projects involved working with a family to create a personalized AAC application for their nonverbal child. I am incredibly grateful for everything I learned during that experience because it sparked the driving force of my practice. Through specialized speech-generating devices based on the child, they are provided the opportunity to speak freely and independently, even when others have lost faith.  

As a speech-language pathologist, I am able to provide families and the surrounding community the opportunity to learn how to best encourage and support language development, effective communication, and community engagement with all children. This is the driving force for my purpose and my passion! 

My Eyas Landing

Eyas Landing’s innovative environment and multi-disciplinary approach allow our clients to reach their fullest potential, as well as their therapists. Through our collaborative approach, I have been able to help children communicate and meet their goals in ways I would have never imagined. Between practicing articulation sounds while swinging or teaching prepositions within a gross motor gym, I truly love working at Eyas Landing! It is very exciting to be a part of such a supportive and creative community. 

My Professional Goals

  1. One of my goals is to continue to increase the education, use, and acceptance of AAC within our community to provide everyone with a chance to communicate. I will work on this goal by continuing my doctoral research on the impact speech-generating devices have on verbal speech to ensure evidence-based practice and research is accessible for the community.  

Eyas Landing is a therapy clinic with a mission to provide evidence-based and family-centered therapy services for children, adolescents, and their families. The primary goal is to deliver relationship-based interventions within the most natural environments and to empower families to reach their full potential. To achieve this goal, our highly educated, compassionate staff dedicates time and expertise to create experiences that maximize therapeutic outcomes. The strength, determination, and perseverance of our clients are evident as they succeed in therapy, and ultimately in their daily lives.

Eyas Landing offers a wide range of comprehensive services including Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, ABA Therapy, Social Work, Family Therapy, and Neuropsych testing. Services are provided throughout the Chicagoland area via Telehealth, In-Home, and in our state of the art clinic.