Ilona Helin, PhD, CCC-SLP

Ilona Helin
Title: Assistant Professor
Division: Family and Consumer Sciences
Unit: Family & Child Studies
Office Location: Wirtz Hall 122H
Office Phone: 815-753-6343

Courses Taught

  • HDFS 231: Observational Approach to the Study and Assessment of Young Children


  • Ph.D., Loyola University (Erikson Institute), Child Development – Infant Mental Health
  • M.S., Marquette University, Speech Language Pathology
  • B.S., Marquette University, Speech Language Pathology


  • Certification of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology, American Speech-Language Hearing Association
  • Newborn Individualized Developmental Care Program (NIDCAP)
  • Working Model of the Child Interview (WMCI)
  • Hanen – It Takes Two to Talk, More Than Words


  • State of Illinois, Speech-Language Pathology License

Research Interests

  • Reflective supervision
  • Qualitative assessment of young children
  • Parent child relationships in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit and after discharge
  • Parents internal working models of their child with Autism
  • Individualized developmental caregiving in early childhood classrooms
  • Caregiving sensitivity and emotional availability