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Sarah Richards, SLP

Sarah Richards, SLP

Sarah Richards, SLP, is a speech-language pathologist with the cleft lip and palate and plastic surgery services at Shriners Hospitals for Children ­­— Chicago. She specializes in helping children with speech and articulation issues who have a history of cleft lip/palate and craniofacial anomalies, using both perceptual and instrumental assessments.

In addition, Richards is a co-director of Camp Smile, the Chicago Shriners Hospital’s week-long intensive speech and social skills camp for patients aged 6-12 with histories of cleft lip/palate and craniofacial anomalies.

Richards obtained graduate clinical experience at a number of health care centers in the Chicago area, including the Northwestern University Center for Audiology, Speech, Language, and Learning, Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Gender & Sex Development Program and Saint Anthony Hospital, Chicago. She is a past member of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association and has volunteered with Operation Smile. She has also previously worked as a speech therapist at Wilmette Public Schools in District 39.


  • Graduate, Northwestern University, MS, Speech, Language, and Learning; SLP Concentration; received University Scholarship
  • Undergraduate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BS, speech and hearing science, highest honors, University Honors Bronze Tablet
  • Edmund James Scholar Honors Program, University of Illinois. Participated in a four-year honors program; thesis for language acquisition of children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech