Mrs. Testin - Speech & Language Pathologist

Therapy Ideas to Help Build Your Child's Communication Skills at Home:

 The links below contain some additional speech and language activities to use with your child. Please take time to look through the ideas listed below to help your child practice his or her speech & language skills.


Welcome to McKinley Speech & Language Therapy!

Contact Information:      
Alyssa Testin MS, CCC-SLP       
[email protected]                      

Education Information:
Bachelor's Degree - Speech & Language Pathology - Illinois State University
Master's Degree - Speech & Language Pathology -Illinois State University
Credentials Information: 
Certificate of Clinical Competence - American Speech & Hearing Association 
Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist - IL Dept. Financial/Professional Regulation
Type 73 School Service Personnel Certificate - ISBE  

Welcome McKinley Mustangs! I am Alyssa Testin and I have been a practicing and licensed speech-language pathologist since 2011. I started at McKinley Elementary School in 2013. My office is located in the yellow hallway across from the music room. I strive to keep my office a calm and welcoming environment where your children will maximize their speech, language and communication skills. I like to keep my students involved in their therapy by talking about what their goals are and what we are working on. I strongly believe that students will be more motivated to improve their speech and language skills if they know what they are working on and how/why this could impact their academics and social relationships. I am looking forward to another great year at McKinley! 

What is Speech-Language Pathology?

The American Speech and Hearing Assocation defines Speech-Language Pathologists as individuals who work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults (
Areas of speech-language pathology include:
  1. Speech Sound Disorders - articulation and phonology impairments which are characterized by difficulty producing speech sounds.
  2. Stuttering - fluency impairment which is the inability to produce fluent - easy flowing speech. If your child has difficulty with fluency please visit 
  3. Voice/Resonance Disorders - difficulty with vocal production quality and volume (i.e. hoarse, raspy, nasality, etc). 
  4. Receptive/Expressive Language Disorders - difficulty understanding others or sharing their own thoughts, feelings, ideas. Language disorders may present with difficulty in form (grammar), content (semantics/vocabulary) or use (functional/meaningful messages). 
  5. Pragmatic/Social Language - difficulty understanding or using verbal or nonverbal social communication. They have difficulty interpreting social use of language for greetings, emotions, conversations, understanding perspectives of others, etc. 
  6. Cognitive-Communicative Disorders - this includes difficulty organizing thoughts, paying attention, short term and long term recall, and problem solving. 
  7. Swallowing/Feeding Disorders - this can include difficulty with chewing and swallowing as well as sensory disorders and food aversions. 
  8. Augmentative-Alternative Communication (AAC) - AAC is a form of communication in which alternative methods are trained to be used for communication purposes for individuals who present with severe-profound communication impairments. AAC methods include: sign, gestures, pictures, high tech communication systems, low tech communication boards/books, etc. 

Speech & Language Milestones by Grade

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