Krista Jurkonis, M.H.S., CCC-SLP

After receiving her bachelor's degree from the University of Louisiana Monroe and her master's degree at Governors State University, Krista began her career as a speech-language pathologist in the Chicagoland area in 2001. In the time since, Krista has been providing therapy to children in the schools and pediatric rehabilitation settings.

Prior to relocating to middle Tennessee, Krista spent 9 years as the Resource Clinician for Outpatient Speech Pathology at Loyola University Medical Center in suburban Chicagoland where she had the opportunity to work closely with a variety of pediatric specialists. She regularly collaborated with the Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician. She is trained in the administration of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and was a primary participant in the multi-disciplinary Developmental Diagnostics Clinic.

Krista has experience evaluating, diagnosing and treating a variety of disorders including speech sound production disorders, language disorders, and feeding and swallowing disorders. In recent years, Krista has focused her career primarily on understanding and treating the children with autism spectrum disorder. She is skilled in developing functional communication, modifying challenging behaviors and reducing restrictive behaviors that negatively impact feeding using the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding. She believes strongly in a family focused approach to treatment and strives to provide comprehensive support to patients and their families.

In addition to providing individual speech-language therapy to children, Krista also has expertise in facilitating children's pragmatic-social language skills through individual and group therapy. She has vast experience in assessing and treating pragmatic-social language disorders in preschool through middle school-aged children. She has developed and implemented many social programs that facilitate children's social understanding, behaviors, and skills with peers.

Krista strives to provide exemplary services to her patients and their families while maintaining a healthy life balance. She has a passion for photography and enjoys volleyball, hiking and other outdoor activities. 

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