Comprehensive Clinical Services "Fostering engagement, communication, motor, learning, and imagination"
The Staff of Clinical Connections


Crisler Lovendahl, M.A., CCC-SLP/L
Executive Director and Therapeutic Director

Crisler Lovendahl is a speech language pathologist and child development specialist. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Wellesley College and her Master of Arts in Speech Language Pathology from Northwestern University. Cris began her career in the Waukegan Public Schools in 1983 and remained there for 12 years; highlights of this experience include the creation of the model Headstart Preschool Language Classroom and the development of the district's birth-to-three early intervention program. Cris also worked at the Pediatric Alternatives in Creative Therapy (a clinic of Condell Hospital) where the benefits of working side by side with physical and occupational therapists proved invaluable. Cris began her private practice in 1995 with a focus on children with Sensory Integration Dysfunction and related disorders. She is a member of ASHA (American Speech-Language and Hearing Association), and is the mother of two boys.

Kari Becker, M.Ed., LBS I Certified
Academic Director

Kari Becker is a special education teacher, educational consultant and academic supervisor. Kari received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Theatre Arts from Illinois Wesleyan University and her Master of Arts, in Special Education at University of Illinois at Chicago. She began her work with Clinical Connections in 2000 as a Play Partner providing social-emotional support in the home environment. Since then, Kari has assisted in the development of the Classroom Connection model, founding the Classroom Connection Day school and providing teacher support and mentoring. She also works closely with families and school staff to create effective and successful educational programs for children with special needs. In addition, Kari provides trainings for teachers and parents on such topics as: visual organization and scheduling, curriculum development for special needs children, independence in the learning environment, adaptations and modifications in the classroom and IEP development. Kari is proud to work at Clinical Connections with a staff that is truly devoted to the children and families they serve. Kari is the mother of two wonderful and active boys.

Our staff consists of a wide range of professionals dedicated to working with students with special needs. We currently offer support from:

• Speech Language Pathologists
• Occupational Therapists
• Social Workers
• Assistive Technology Specialist
• Music Therapist
• 1:1 Paraprofessionals
• Developmental Specialists
• Early Childhoods Teachers
• Special Education Teachers
• Regular Education Teachers
• Academic Director
• Therapeutic Director
• Executive Director
• Program Supervisors
2225-2219 Lakeside Drive, Bannockburn, IL 60015      Phone: 847-234-0688      Email: