Owner of Communication Junction
Abbey Cook, owner of Communication Junction, is a Speech Language Pathologist, receiving her Master’s in Speech and Language Pathology, at Gallaudet University in 2004. She is licensed through the American Speech and Hearing Association, a certified Early Intervention Service Provider in the State of Illinois and is a Master Signing Time Academy Instructor, affiliated with the Emmy nominated children’s series, Signing Time. Abbey teaches American Sign Language to both children and adults and offers private speech therapy sessions. Abbey has also worked at Illinois State University, supervising graduate students and teaching various courses.
Abbey has two children who began using American Sign Language at a young age. At five months old her youngest son began signing milk and by age 1 both boys had signing vocabularies of 20+ words. She has seen first-hand how learning sign language at a preverbal stage has helped her children to communicate their wants and needs, leading to less frustration and tantrums, as well as enhancing school readiness skills.
Molly Hite graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in Deaf Education in 2007. After graduating she accepted a job as a teacher in her hometown of Peoria, IL. She taught students who were deaf and hard of hearing for two years. During this time Molly worked with children of all ages, Preschool through High School and loved it! A large part of her job was helping students to develop their language skills, both spoken and signed. Molly married her husband Ryan in 2006 and made the decision to stay home when her first child was born. She now has two beautiful children, Elijah and Piper. Molly is excited to be a part of your child’s language development and to share the benefits that sign language will bring to your family.
Brooke Behm joined our team in the summer of 2017. She is a Speech Language Pathologist with her Masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Illinois State University. Brooke works full time as an SLP in the Morton School District and is extremely excited to step into the Communication Junction world! Brooke and her husband, Michael, live in Morton with their two daughters, Carly and Collins. Brooke has been a CJ Mom since 2014 and she has seen first-hand what an impact signing at a young age can have. Brooke also works for the Early Intervention system as an SLP, working to help kiddos aged 0-3 effectively communicate. Her love of language and mission to give all kiddos a voice has driven her to this exciting new adventure! She can’t wait to share her experiences and help both parents and children learn through CJ classes and story times!
Brittany Heidemann is a Speech Language Pathologist with a Masters Degree from Texas Christian University (Go Horned Frogs!). She works full time for OSF as an outpatient Speech Language Pathologist and is so excited to join the Communication Junction team on nights and weekends. Brittany and her husband, Scott, reside in Peoria with their son, Colby. Brittany has been a CJ mom since 2016 and has enjoyed learning sign language to help her son better communicate.
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Jen Williams graduated from Bradley University with a degree in Elementary Education. She taught for several years outside of Chicago before moving to Peoria, getting married to her husband Michael, and obtaining her Masters in Literacy through Benedictine University. She currently teaches pre-school at St. Philomena Church in Peoria. After having her kids, Jen was introduced to Communication Junction through attending Story Time and classes. Jen is thrilled to be a (small) part of the Communication Junction team, as she has seen first hand the incredible difference it makes in the lives of families in Central Illinois, her own included!
Amanda Nudd joined Communication Junction as Office Manger in November 2018. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Elementary Education in 2012. After teaching second grade for a year, Amanda decided to stay at home full-time with her son, while also continuing to substitute teach part-time. Amanda currently lives in Chillicothe with her husband, Jeff, and their three children, Owen, Cecilia, and Hazel. Being a CJ mom since 2014, Amanda can truly attest to the positive power that both signing and Communication Junction has on raising children through story times, classes, and at home. She is so excited to be apart of an organization that means so much to her and her family and is looking forward to contributing, even if just a little, to the incredible impact that CJ has on the community!