What do you love most about being a Speech Therapist?
I love the relationships I have with the children and families that I see. It’s so rewarding to see a new skill gained or milestone met and to get to share in those exciting moments with the family.
What is your favorite children’s book?
If the Dinosaurs Came Back by Bernard Most.
What do you enjoy most about living in Chicago?
I love getting to try new restaurants and being able to walk along the lake! I also have three siblings who live in the city and my parents are close by in the suburbs.
What is your favorite childhood memory?
My family would go camping every summer. I loved biking, swimming, the campfires, and making s’mores!
Would you rather a mountain or beach vacation?
Both! I lived near the Smoky Mountains for three years and enjoyed being able to go hiking. But a beach vacation always sounds amazing… especially during a Chicago winter!
Share a proud “therapy moment” with one of your clients.
I was seeing a child with apraxia of speech who started singing “Happy Birthday” while we were pretending to make birthday cupcakes. It was a moment that showed how far she had come and it was amazing to see the huge smile on her face and her parents faces!
What is your hometown?
What do you like to do in your free time?
My husband and I are big Tennessee football fans and we love watching their games in the fall. I also really enjoy baking and have a big sweet tooth!
What is your favorite therapy toy?
It’s hard to choose just one! I always have bubbles with me. Bubbles are always a favorite of the kids that I see and there are so many social and language goals that can be targeted.
Share a fun fact about yourself.
I used to work at a camp in the summers and got my license to drive a school bus!
Claire Hacker MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist