Degrees and Certifications:

Lesley Ellison

  • Mrs. Ellison is the Speech-Language Pathologist for South Shores Elementary School.
    Mrs. Ellison received her Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Eastern Illinois University in 1992. She graduated with her Master of Arts in Communication Disorders and Sciences from the University of Illinois in 1994.   She has primarily worked in public school settings helping children with speech and language disorders for the past 25+ years.  Mrs. Ellison has experience with a variety of speech and language disorders including articulation, receptive and expressive language disorders, apraxia,  fluency, and autism.  
    Mrs. Ellison enjoys spending time with her husband, 2 children, and their family pet, Wrigley.  She also enjoys gardening, cooking, running, yoga, and traveling. 
    Contact Information:
    South Shores:  217-362-3320
    Useful websites:
    Typical Speech-Language Development:
    Online Resources:
    Super Duper:   Super Duper is a company devoted to creating materials and resources for improving speech, language, and social skills. They have many informational resources for parents. Please see the following web pages for great ideas to continue speech-language practice at home: (there is a free 30 day trial) This website has interactive games for articulation, similarities, differences and other language concepts. is a website that has a number of online stories and interactive activities for preschoolers and elementary-aged students. Each theme includes an online story, online activity, printable “take home” activities and suggestions for parents. A book list that corresponds with each theme is also offered. Between the LionsThis website corresponds to PBSkids television show of the same name. It offers many language and literacy activities for preschool and elementary-aged children. It includes stories to view and listen to, many vocabulary activities, video clips from the show and information for parents and teachers.
    FunBrain.comThis website offers a number of free online games for kids. Games touch upon a variety of topics, including vocabulary, grammar, reading, math and some that are just for fun! Check out Plural Girls, Grammar Gorillas or click on the reading tab for some great language activities.’s Family Playground is a great website for preschool and school-age children and their parents. This website includes a variety of games and activities for children related to popular characters and children’s books such as Clifford, Magic School Bus, Walter Wick, and I Spy