B.A., University of Wisconsin–Madison; M.A., Northern Illinois University, Certificate of Clinical Competence, Speech-Language Pathology
Mrs. Basco has 26-plus years of experience as a speech language pathologist. At Elmhurst, where she has served as a clinical educator since 2005, she has taught courses on language development, phonological and articulation disorders, clinical practicum, counseling and professional issues, aural rehabilitation, fluency and traumatic brain injury. She is a credentialed early intervention (EI) specialist and evaluator for the Illinois Early Intervention program providing services and support to families and children ages birth to 3 with diagnoses including receptive/expressive language delay, developmental delay, autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, sensory-based and oral motor feeding disorders, cerebral palsy, hearing impairment and developmental apraxia.
Mrs. Basco has worked with children and adults in both hospital and outpatient clinic settings. She is a mentor for speech language pathologists new to EI in play-based assessment and treatment practices following the Principles of Early Intervention. Mrs. Basco served on the EI Committee for the Division of Professional Services (2002-2004) for the Illinois Speech Language Hearing Association (ISHA) and has presented in out-of-state conferences on topics such as Facilitating Language Development in the Context of Everyday Routine, Interactions & Play: Empowering Families through Coaching in the Natural Environment and Fostering Speech and Language Competencies in the Classroom for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is also co-instructor for California State University-East Bay’s Department of Education Psychology, where she teaches a hybrid course, Assessment & Intervention Planning for Young Children with Special Needs. Mrs. Basco is currently a doctoral student at Fielding Graduate University, studying infant and early childhood development with an emphasis in mental health and developmental disorders. Her areas of interest include autism spectrum disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, feeding disorders, fluency and pediatric traumatic brain injury.