Professional Learning Services

Meet Maura and Nicole: your child’s new best friends! Both are NY licensed speech language therapists with experience working in Brooklyn public schools. They provide professional learning services for elementary, middle school, and high school students who are struggling academically, who have special needs and/or learning disabilities, and for students who are home-schooled.

Snap your fingers and Maura and Nicole can adapt the curriculum based on your child’s grade/academic level and they explicitly teach study skills. They assist your child to develop the needed skills to learn in a more productive way. Children can easily become overwhelmed by difficult and complicated subjects. One-on-one individualized professional learning support, in the comfort of your home, will increase your child’s focus. Teaching and using concrete learning tools will help your child earn better grades and increase your child’s motivation and confidence. Maura and Nicole make the inaccessible, accessible.

Maura and Nicole are language arts masters. They are experienced to teach:
reading, phonics, fluency, reading comprehension, essay writing, creative writing, and grammar usage/punctuation.

If your child has a special needs, Maura and Nicole are experienced tutoring:
language processing difficulties, e.g. dyslexia, PDD and autism spectrum (including Aspergers) etc.

They travel to:
Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene, Prospect Heights, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights.

Rates
$120 for 1 hour
$100 for 45 minutes

Payment is out-of-pocket and considered out-of-network. Maura and Nicole are not RSA providers. Sorry!

Contact Craig for more information craig@brooklynletters.com and 347-394-3485 or directly email Maura and Nicole (see below).

Maura Amentas, M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist

Maura is a licensed speech-language pathologist and a Brooklyn native! She earned a BA in English Literature at the University of Pennsylvania, from which she graduated summa cum laude. After graduating, Maura worked briefly in law, followed by a research position at Columbia University. While working, she completed her Master’s of Science in Speech Language Pathology at Columbia, from which she received several scholarships and worked as a Teaching Assistant for two graduate level courses. Maura has vast experience with pediatric populations of all ages, ranging from infant to young adult, and she has passionately pursued a career in the NYC public schools. She currently works as a speech pathologist at P.S. 261 in Boerum Hill and completed her clinical school practicum at P.S. 321 right here in Park Slope! She also has experience in hospital settings, clinics, and District 75 schools. Maura is adept at treating children with receptive and expressive language deficits, auditory processing difficulties, literacy issues, phonological disorders, and pragmatic language issues. She is particularly skilled at addressing speech-language issues as they relate to and impact classroom and academic performance while keeping therapy sessions engaging and motivating for the child. Additional areas of interest and expertise include articulation therapy (not just lisps!), narrative skill development, reading comprehension and verbal reasoning abilities. Maura is a firm believer in evidenced-based therapies to promote a child’s speech and language abilities in functional and resonant ways. She emphasizes the importance not only of the therapist-child relationship but also of her relationship to parents and she is always happy to answer questions and allay concerns along the way!

HOURS: Available weekdays after 4pm and weekends.
LOCATION: Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene, Prospect Heights, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights.
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, group (2-3 children), parent consultations, speech-language evaluations
EXPERTISE: Speech, language, pragmatics, phonological awareness/pre-literacy skills, and literacy.
AGES: Birth through adult.
PAYMENT: Private Pay, Out-of-Network.
CONTACT: maura@brooklynletters.com

Nicole Loperena, M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist

Nicole is a Brooklyn native and a New York state and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certified speech-language pathologist. Having worked in both general and special education schools in New York City she is also a certified Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD). Nicole earned her B.A. from the George Washington University in Washington, DC and her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology at Hunter College, where she was granted awards for outstanding academic and clinical achievement. Nicole has worked with individuals with speech-language impairments from infancy up through adulthood. She has worked in a variety of settings including both general and special education schools, speech-language clinics, and hospitals throughout New York City. Her evaluations and therapy have focused on aiding children with autism and learning disabilities, language delay, literacy issues (including phonics, spelling, comprehension, and writing), articulation and phonological impairment, auditory processing, social and interactive skills, narrative skills, and swallowing and feeding disorders. Nicole is also trained and experienced with the use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems including picture exchange communication and high-tech speech-generating devices. Nicole is committed to creating a fun and supportive learning environment to help children foster language, communication, and literacy development. She greatly enjoys working with children and is excited to guide families along as crucial players in the therapy process!

HOURS: Available weekdays after 3:30pm
LOCATION: Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Prospect Heights, Fort Greene, Carroll Gardens, Cobble/Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, group (2-3 children), speech-language evaluations, parent consultation
EXPERTISE: Speech-language delays, autism spectrum disorders, literacy skills, augmentative communication
AGES: Toddlers through adults
PAYMENT: Private Pay, Out-of-Network
CONTACT: nicole@brooklynletters.com

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