Testimonials: Craig & Brooklyn Letters

Brooklyn Learning; speech & language therapy

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ADDITIONAL BROOKLYN LETTERS TESTIMONIALS

 

Craig, you come so highly respected among parents and educators. I am a teacher and everybody knows you are the go to place for private speech services!

Cari’s work with my son has been transformative. When she started working with Adam four months ago he was basically non-verbal, jardgoning all day and echolalic. She helped us make very quick adjustments to the way we address him and how we can get him to respond. We started seeing change instantly. Now he is better able to express his needs (so less tantrums!) and he even tells us some crazy stories. Cari was always on time, creative, patient and prepared. Her communication to Adam’s teachers helped insure that everybody was on the same page, so we were all consistent. Sadly, we are moving to Boston soon. We hope we can consult with Cari when the need arises. We completely understand there is fee for her services whether in person or digital (Cari is worth it!). We can never thank her enough for all that she has done. Thank you so much for putting us in touch with her.
-Nadia, mother to Adam

I also want to thank Brooklyn Letters generally for being such a great resource/business!

I want to thank you so very much for introducing us to Amy Bielefeld and for including her in the Brooklyn Letters network. When we contacted Brooklyn Letters we were completely unsure of what our daughter needed in terms of speech therapy, or what we could achieve under the very stressful circumstance of having only about eight weeks prior to moving abroad during which to undertake any therapy at all. Amy helped us to strategize both pre- and post-evaluation, and was practical, efficient, and communicative throughout the process of initiating and, later, undertaking, the speech therapy for our five-year old. Having Amy come to our home twice a week was the perfect solution for us–it definitely put my daughter at ease and certainly made our lives infinitely easier; Amy was always on-time and ready to jump right in. Our daughter warmed to Amy immediately (not surprisingly, given Amy’s warm personality and engaging demeanor) and looked forward to her sessions every week, constantly asking “Is it an Amy day?” Within one or two sessions our daughter was making sounds she had never made before, and she continues to make amazing progress. I can’t praise Amy’s work highly enough and only wish we were remaining in the City so our daughter could continue therapy with her!
All the best,
Leah Clarkson

Rebecca has been wonderful for Ezra

Rebecca is punctual, professional and prepared – each week she came with fresh materials. She was very interactive with board games and with visuals/videos/ & audio recordings—Ezra looked forward to his time with her and really felt challenged, in a positive way (he’s very bright and picks things up quickly, so he tends to get bored easily). Rebecca kept him on his toes and mixed things up enough to maintain his interest all the while progressing his development.
With Rebecca’s guidance and encouragement, we are very happy with Ezra’s progress!
-April & Barry

We are very satisfied and would recommend Caroline without reservation

I wanted to let you know how pleased we are with the work Caroline has done with our son Gabe. Gabe entered speech therapy with a moderate but worsening stutter, and it has fully resolved after less than 3 months of therapy. Gabe absolutely loved Caroline; she was playful and fun, and I don’t think that Gabe ever realized that she was there to treat him for an impairment. Because it was really a treat for Gabe to spend time with Caroline, he was able to fully engage in the exercises without self consciousness or resistance, and therefore receive the maximum benefit.
Many thanks!
Sincerely,
Gabe’s parents
Annee and David

Soooo Happy We Found You!

After two awkward sessions with different speech therapists, who favored two different approaches, a quick search online led me to Brooklyn Letters and Craig, who promptly remedied my confusion about how to best treat my son’s speech delay. On Craig’s recommendation, he’s been seeing Lisa Rubin, Brooklyn Letters speech therapist, for two months now, and I wanted to share how we are dazzled by his progress. Lisa is so wonderful. At every session (in our home) I’m impressed by her patience, thoughtfulness, preparedness, and creativity. In fact, I often find myself drawn to the rug where she works with my son, so I can learn to better model phrases for him when Lisa’s not around, not to mention her stellar assortment of toys and books: every session has its own unique theme. So, thanks Craig for sending her our way!
-Tanya (mom of JF, 2)

We are Very Lucky

Our son, Logan, has been working with Cathy Edwards for just over a year now. Logan’s twin sister, Audrey, has had the pleasure of Cathy’s care a slightly shorter time than that. Through the last year, we have noticed a definite improvement in all areas of the twins communication skills including verbal comprehensibility, aural comprehension and overall learning skills including reading. Some of this can be marked back to inherent developmental growth and change in schools, but a large part we believe to be due to Cathy’s good work. The twins worked with another SLP for years and, although a wonderful person and therapist in her own right, her play-based approach often made improvement in the kids hard to gauge. Cathy’s approach is much more traditionally pedagogic and started with her conducting many diagnostic tests to get a clearer baseline read/picture of the kid’s abilities and issues. From there, she developed a very well-reasoned course of therapy for both Audrey and Logan and they continue to benefit from Cathy’s skills and experience. Beyond her obvious professional expertise, Cathy has proven to be a kind and caring therapist and has extended herself when asked to participate in “team” meetings with our son’s school. Cathy has also referred us most recently to an OT that we are beyond happy with, further proving her commitment to the overall well-being of her students.
In summary, we consider ourselves very lucky to be working with a SLP of Cathy’s professional expertise and personal quality.
-Toni & Tim

Professional, Caring, & Engaging

We took our youngest two year old twin to Brooklyn Letters for speech therapy. Craig was very professional, caring and engaging. It became such a special time for our son. Brooklyn Letters is equipped with all the tools, experience and knowledge to help. We absorbed all the recommendations about learning, play and speech—- and it worked! We are grateful for the warmth and compassion Brooklyn Letters exhibited and my son is on his way to a large vocabulary. From the assessment, insurance coding, to the parent’s training— we are very satisfied with our experience. We highly recommend Craig and Brooklyn Letters.
-Adam, father of Louis

I cannot tell you how lucky I feel to have found Amy

Someone recommended Amy after my daughter’s first speech therapist decided she needed a little more help than she could provide. Needless to say, Amy swooped in and literally made everything better. She was down-to-earth, extremely reliable, and more than competent. The little girl who used to cry because “she didn’t talk well,” now won’t shut up. Now her speech and pronunciation are just where they should be – along with her confidence. And she misses Amy a lot. We are all so grateful for her care and support.”
-Ashley

We are incredibly grateful to Kristi and to Brooklyn Letters.

Kristi is a truly outstanding speech therapist. She clicked instantly with our son Hugh and delivered almost immediate results. Other therapists fumbled as they tried to connect with our boy; it was maddening and frustrating. But Kristi skillfully tapped into Hugh’s potential and brought out his very best week after week. Watching Kristi work with our son filled us with hope and optimism about his future.Kristi understood our goals for our son and implemented a smart, holistic approach. Instead of teaching rote phrases, Kristi saw the “big picture.” She pushed our son to relate and really communicate with others. Kristi carefully planned her sessions with Hugh, but also showed great flexibility and creativity at times in order to maximize every minute she spent with our boy.
Kind regards,
John and Lesley

Just want to say, Craig and his team are amazing!

Great listeners, smart, and sensitive and respectful of children. We could not be happier with our daughter’s progress and her new confidence. Of all the therapists/professionals we’ve met, both through EI and private, I trust the folks at Brooklyn Letters the most. I highly recommend Suzanne Kipervaser as a speech therapist. My daughter is very sensitive and prone to anxiety; Suzanne was both in tune with Rose’s emotions, and skilled at keeping the sessions focused. To me this is no small feat with a 3 year old. Suzanne always came prepared with a game to play, a project (such as arts and crafts, cooking) or a book, or a combination of these activities. She worked with Rose on a variety of language issues, as well as making choices, taking turns, listening. She used a visual (picture) schedule each time which seemed to help Rose feel more organized and in control. This was before Rose was in school, and it was with Suzanne that Rose learned to “read” a schedule. In addition, Suzanne was exceptional at communicating with us as parents. She actually listened to our concerns, and addressed them head on. We have had our share of therapists, and have found that this is not something you can take for granted. Suzanne is attentive, sympathetic, and dedicated, fun, kind, and knowledgeable. She challenges the child at the right level—not too easy, not too hard. I highly, highly recommend Suzanne.
-Margaret (Rose, 3, Harry, 13)

Wonderful Experience

Suzanne worked with our 4-year old son for several months on fluency and pronunciation issues. He made remarkable progress with her and we were extremely pleased with Suzanne’s professionalism, warmth, knowledge, and attentiveness. Our son soon learned to love and look forward to her visits and she was extremely thorough in working with us to explain the process and go through our questions. We wholeheartedly recommend her.
-Rayna

One of the best speech therapists on the market!

He is professional, incredible with children, and the results speak for themselves. Craig worked with my daughter for less than six months and she went from having a vocabulary of very few words to hundreds in that short time period. She gained confidence in herself, developed vocabulary and better pronunciation, and really had fun while learning. Craig always took the time to speak with us regarding concerns and had excellent advice and guidance. I highly recommend Craig and can’t thank him enough for the incredible work he did with our daughter.
-Monika, mom of Olivia

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Amy to other families.  We had a terrific experience.

My twin boys Max and Teddy (3 in October) just finished eight months of speech therapy with Amy Bielfield.  Amy was terrific.  The boys progressed so much over the past eight months that they were discharged far sooner than I could have anticipated.  They also loved her visits, which was really just an added bonus. I also very much appreciated that Amy was sensitive to our needs and discharged the boys when she knew they were ready.  I’m sure that’s a tough call to make but in tighter financial times it’s good to know that someone will be candid about the need for her services.  That meant a lot.
-Anne Sperling

Amanda is a joy to have in our house and I have complete trust in her and her abilities. I highly recommend her!

Amanda Ball has worked with our 3 year old son for the past 7 months on his speech. He has made such progress in those months and it is due to Amanda’s careful attention and instruction. She has such a gentle way with him while still getting her message across. Our little one has even started self correcting his speech errors. Amanda is fun, upbeat and creative and always has a unique lesson plan that incorporates our son’s favorite activities. She is also very good at giving us feedback and keeping us up to date with what they are doing in class, as well as pointing out helpful things we can do on our own time.
Gabrielle, mother of JCB

Bilingual Expert

We had Suzanne, speech therapist, perform a mini-evaluation on our son and we had such a good experience with her that I feel compelled to share my impressions. At first, I must admit I was a bit apprehensive about having someone come into our home to evaluate our son. He is very active and, like any toddler, can be extremely suspicious of strangers so I wasn’t sure how this was going to work. When Suzanne entered our apartment with her big bag of toys, my partner and I were immediately put at ease. She has a warm yet confident way about her and she obviously loves working with children, which is the key to my son’s heart. Additionally, Suzanne is very knowledgeable about speech language pathology with young children, particularly with bilingual children. Suzanne is very professional and methodical. She “played” with our son while speaking with us and answering all of our questions. She was a pro. The experience with Suzanne was better than I could have imagined.
-Wendy

A Wiz

Craig is a wizard with kids and a pleasure to work with. He is knowledgeable, fun and professional. I would recommend him to anyone needing speech & learning services for their children.
-Teresa, mom of Marco

I have only good things to say

Jane Clapp, a speech therapist referred to us by Brooklyn Letters, was amazing. The way she brought toys to life to foster my sons speech was perfect. It was really something that me and my husband could not offer to my son for a variety of reasons and my son’s speech improved quickly with her recommended frequency. She also guided me with appropriate suggestions for how I could help inbetween sessions. He looked forward to her coming and was excited to see her when she stepped through our door.
-Liz, mom of Lucian

 

We could not have been happier with Lucia’s work!

Theo loved working with Lucia and looked forward to her sessions. He wasn’t fooled that it was work! She made it fun and enjoyable, so he liked learning through play with her. We cannot believe the difference in his speech! He now talks non-stop and reached age appropriate levels in a matter of months! I always felt that Lucia really cared about Theo’s learning and it wasn’t just ‘a paycheck’ for her. You have a great therapist in Lucia, and we are so happy we decided to pursue private speech through your company.
-Liz, mother of Theo

We are so pleased with Susan Mason’s work with our 8 year old daughter!

Brooklyn Letters was highly recommended by our neuropsychologist, and Craig connected us with Susan, who has been working with our daughter for the past year. We feel lucky to have someone who is truly an expert with our daughter’s expressive and receptive language issues. Susan makes the sessions interesting and playful using a range of games and activities. She is warm, patient and thoughtful. We appreciate her extra time and effort she has taken to connect with our daughter’s school teachers to gain more insight and help support everyones efforts. Most of all, we are excited about the impressive progress our daughter has made and highly recommend Susan as an extremely skilled speech and language therapist.
— Mark and Mary

Progress can only be made when therapy is put into context

My son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at 18 months, with a significant delay in expressive language. Craig has been an invaluable part of my son’s therapeutic team since my son’s diagnosis 5 months ago. Craig is very knowledgeable in his discipline, taking care to stay current with the latest research and evidence versus fads. He is very patient in his sessions, and is skilled at engaging children so that they are challenged but not overwhelmed. Craig approaches speech therapy with the family in mind. Craig consistently engaged me in my son’s speech sessions, explaining how to specifically target underlying issues associated with Autism that impede communication (such as joint attention, eye contact, social reciprocity). He also showed me creative strategies to engage my son to encourage communication, such as following my son’s lead and interests, playful obstruction, modeling sounds with actions, and adding tactile aspects to communication. This allowed me to carry over his recommendations at home. The most important lesson that I learned from Craig is that therapeutic approaches for children on the spectrum do not exist separate from the lives of the children themselves – progress can only made when therapy is put into context. I learned how to embed opportunities for communication in ways that didn’t feel forced or unnatural, which allowed me to always be a mom to my son first. What a joy it is to hear our son’s beautiful voice!
-Mother of Dev

Park Slope parent recommendation

Craig did a nice job with my twin boys, who were nearly 10 years old when they began their sessions. First, it was convenient that he could come to our apartment rather than have caretakers schlep the boys to an office and sit and wait. Second, Craig’s fee was reasonable. And third, we agreed to do 10 sessions, and when they were up, Craig reminded me that the last session was upon us. There was no hard sales pitch, indeed no sales pitch at all, to continue. That was most appreciated.
Most important, Craig made some progress with my kids on their vocalic R’s, which has been a problem since they first spoke eight years ago. And he was able to identify specific things that each one needed to work on, although to the untrained ear (mine), their R problems sounded identical.
My boys seemed at ease working with Craig, who would kneel in order to speak to them at their level. Bottom line: There was no magic bullet but my kids emerged with confidence at having improved and knowing they could further improve their speech with practice.
-Erik Engquist

Highly recommended!

My son had Craig for a speech therapist at two different stages in his development. Craig has an excellent understanding of both the theory behind speech development and how to motivate a child in fun ways to achieve practical goals. I really appreciated his eclectic approach — really fitting therapeutic modalities to the child rather than trying to fit the child into a preconceived mold. I was also thrilled to have such an excellent male role model for my son, whose other therapists have all been women. My son worked really hard for Craig — whose influence carries over into the rest of his life.
– Kim, mom of David

Craig has yielded amazing results

Craig started working with Larson, when he as 3 years old. Larson was severely speech delayed and unintelligible. Now at the age of six, Larson has made great progress. He still has language-processing problems, but now he speaks very clearly and speaks in full and complex sentences and was accepted into the school that we were hoping for. I have such faith in Craig’s abilities that he now works with my two year old, Finn, who is also showing signs of speech/language delay. Little Finn lights up every time Craig arrives.
-Laura, mom of Larson and Finn
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We are in a much better place then when we began

Words can not express our appreciation for the great work you did with JD and the “babbling” little boy you created! We feel truly lucky to have had the opportunity to work with you. It is devastating as a parent to get the diagnosis, but your skills, resources, and expertise really helped support us during this difficult time. Thank you!
– Jeanne & John, parents of JD

Craig is TERRIFIC!

I would highly recommend Craig’s services, as I found him to be everything I could want in a speech language therapist for my daughter. Craig was very adept at meeting my high-energy child where she was at for each session, integrating lessons and language cues into spontaneous, active games, as he’d slowly bring her back down to more focused activities. My daughter was 2 during the time Craig worked with her, newly adopted internationally, and Craig seemed to have a good handle on the challenges. At the end of what appeared to be a fun play session, Craig always took the time to explain his methods to me. He was open and honest in his opinions of her progress, his concerns, etc., and was clearly very knowledgeable in his field. Easy-going and personable, Craig was always reliable, trustworthy, and I always felt confident we were getting the best service possible. We are very thankful to have him in our lives.
– Susan, mom of Ana

This review cannot express the extreme amount of gratitude that my family has toward Craig

When we first found Craig, our son’s vocabulary was vast, however his articulation needed lots of help. My son is now speaking in sentences and is able to articulate his thoughts. Also when he turned five years old, I was totally at a loss of how to proceed with his education. Craig provided us with an abundance of his resources and placed us on the right track. He truly cares about your child’s progress. I highly recommend him as a SLP.
-Latoya, mom of Tristian

We highly recommend Craig Selinger for speech therapy

Craig Selinger is dedicated, diligent, insightful, and patient. He proactively researches relevent therapeutic techniques particular to our child’s case and gives us great confidence that our child’s needs are being met. Our son is a challenging case, being multiply handicapped and non-verbal. He has made great strides in augmentative communication while working with Craig.
-Susan & Michael, parents of Jake

I highly recommend you

I would like to thank you, Craig, for the wonderful work you are doing with my daughter Rivka. When you started, she was not eating much- just cheese and crackers and most of her caloric intake was from formula. As of today (six month later) she eats so much more solid food and eats a more diverse diet. Craig, your approach is very gentle and Rivka has liked you from the start.
-JP, mom of Rivka

Craig has been a tremendous asset to Ryan’s learning world

In less than 9 months, our son’s vocabulary has exponentially multiplied. Craig is engaging, thoughtful, and smart in figuring out what Ryan needs at each session. There are layers of games, pretend play, coloring and various activities that build his speech and vocabulary. Before we met Craig, Ryan was shy with limited speech skills. Today he runs to the door to meet Craig and enjoys all the learning activities that stimulate his receptive and expressive skills. It has been an amazing experience watching him blossom.
-MH, mom of Ryan

More than just a speech guy

My 2 year old son loves to engage in activities with him and is always curious to see what he will do next. Very pleasant young person that’s energetic and is focused. Extrememly caring about my son’s progress. Craig has eliminated fears and worries that I had about Ivan. Best decision that I ever made.
-Albania, mom of Ivan

Two Thumbs Up!

We are so grateful to Craig. He has worked with our son, Max, for over a year with his speech delay. Max’s progress with Craig has been phenomenal… to the point where, going into kindergarten in September, Max will no longer be needing speech services! Craig has been very thoughtful in tailoring the program to meet Max’s needs and finding ways to inspire him. We’re so grateful we found him.
-Irene and Julie, mothers of Max

I highly recommend Brooklyn Letters and Craig for speech therapy services

My son is 2.5 years old and has been working with Craig for about 6 months. Craig is amazing with my son; he is always prepared and changes each treatment session to address the needs of my son. Craig has a great approach using play to elicit words, phrases, and sentences. At this point my son is now saying 3 word sentences and each week he shows improvement. He is always excited to see Craig for his weekly sessions. In addition, it is convenient that Craig comes to our home to perform his treatment sessions.
-Jaclyn, mom of Kenny

Professional Testimonials

I am a speech-language pathologist who has been working with Craig since 2003. We worked together at an early intervention center in Queens and have also teamed up to provide treatment for children in their homes. Craig is knowledgeable and enthusiastic when working with children. He takes time to establish a rapport with each child and their family. Craig uses therapeutic approaches that are child specific, addressing the individual needs of each child. Craig is a wealth of information for parents. He provides them with an understanding of language development and teaches parents effective techniques to use outside of therapy sessions that can be incorporated into every-day routines.
-Tara Ruggiero M.S. CCC-SLP, Bilingual Speech Language Therapist

I have worked with Craig for the past 5 years and I have valued Craig’s recommendations and intervention strategies. His warmth coupled with his professionalism make Craig a ‘one of a kind’ speech specialist. Craig has always kept himself up-to-date with the state of the art research and interventions. Every time I am assigned to team which includes Craig, it gives me a unique relief. I tell myself, “We are in good hands!”
Marilina Rufino, ABA (Verbal Behavior) Therapist, Coordinator, Ph.D. psychology candidate.

Craig knows so many ways to help children to improve their skills. He is warm-hearted & practical, and his dedication to his field and craft is admirable. I highly recommend his services!
Dr. Larry Hess, neuropsychologist


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