My Philosophy

I believe in family-centered, responsive, trust-based feeding. In the simplest terms, a child should lead the learning process and trust that adults will offer appropriate experiences to support him or her along the way. I also understand that each family’s mealtime experiences are unique, and a successful journey can look many different ways. I believe judgement has no place in this process.

My practice is informed by my training in the work of Suzanne Evans Morris, Marsha Dunn Klein (Get Permission Approach), Dr. Kay Toomey (SOS Approach), Jenny McGlothlin and Dr. Katya Rowell (STEPS Approach), and Ellyn Satter (Division of Responsibility).

Stephanie Cohen, M.A., CCC-SLP, CLC

Stephanie Cohen is a mother, speech-language pathologist, and lactation counselor in private practice who has worked with children with complex medical needs and their families for more than 18 years. She has advanced training in feeding and swallowing disorders and specializes in working with the birth-5 population.  Stephanie is passionate about helping families of children with feeding and swallowing disorders find ways to make mealtimes more successful, enjoyable, and nourishing in all ways.

She has extensive experience with:

  • micro-premature and medically fragile infants
  • respiratory and cardiac conditions
  • nasogastric tube and g-tube dependence
  • food allergy and intolerance
  • picky eating
  • Down syndrome
  • hearing/vision impairment
  • sensory integration dysfunction
  • neurological and genetic disorders
  • neuromuscular disorders and orthopedic abnormalities
  • autism spectrum disorder
  • behavioral/emotional challenges
  • speech and language delays and disorders
  • apraxia of speech

Stephanie obtained her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees from Northwestern University, holds a certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and is licensed by the state of Illinois. She is a credentialed evaluator and provider in the Illinois Early Intervention program. Stephanie also is a certified lactation counselor.

Stephanie speaks about a variety of topics, including partnering with parents, typical and atypical feeding development, responsive feeding, and trauma-informed feeding assessment and treatment. Stephanie is a co-founder of the Chicago Feeding Group, whose mission it is to educate, connect, and support parents, professionals, and students who help children learn to enjoy eating.

Stephanie lives in Northbrook with her husband and does her best to follow her own advice when feeding her three children.

Questions? Email Stephanie