Julie Bending,


Julie grew up in rural Wisconsin and received her Bachelor and Master’s degree from University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She has been working in the field of Communicative Disorders for 25 plus years.  Her inspiration for Speech and Language Pathology was cultivated by the story of Helen Keller and the passion Anne Sullivan had impacting the lives of others.  Julie LOVES to learn from the kids she works with, as she said “each child has a special gift to offer us”.

Julie resides with her husband, Dave, and two children in Lake Villa, IL.  Her oldest daughter is attending college in the south and her son is in high school. Their newest addition to the family is a puppy.

Julie has had the opportunity to work for a Wisconsin School District for 25 years and was a sole proprietor of her therapeutic company while working part-time for the school district for a decade, during this time she met Sarah. Sarah and Julie have been colleagues for over 15 years.  Her areas of interest include autism, apraxia, language delay, cognitive deficits and social skills.  Trainings impacting her unique style include LAMP (Language Acquisition through Motor Planning), PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets), The Hanen Program, Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S) Approach to Feeding, Lindamood Bell Lips, Zones of Regulation, Ziggurat Model, and Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI).

Whether she is riding her bike, going on nature walks, traveling, cooking, volunteering in the community or attaining new aspirations she shares her enthusiasm. Her favorite quote by Maya Angelou  “Do the best you can until you know better.  Then when you know better, do better.” This applies to her daily life and her approach working with children and families.  She is energetic and invested in each child’s well being. She is ready and willing to help you tackle a concern. Within the culture of Pediatric Interactions, she appreciates taking each child to their highest level of development through supplementary resources and team collaboration to uniquely meet their needs.