Speech Language Pathologists/Speech Therapy, Language Specialists, & Feeding Therapists

Our team of approximately 45 NY State licensed speech language therapists, listed below, travel to your Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, or Long Island (Nassau & Suffolk) home or child’s school. Please read more about our rates and policies before contacting us. Feel free to directly email any speech language therapist listed below, or contact Craig directly at 347-394-3485 & craig@brooklynletters.com (immediate response) with any speech therapy, language, feeding, and/or professional question. Check out Craig’s bio. and our testimonials. We also offer telepractice or internet online speech therapy services.

Our Licensed Speech & Language Therapists’ qualifications include:
– Master’s degree in speech language pathology
– New York State and national certification
– PROMPT training
– We offer bilingual services (Spanish, Farsi, Russian, Polish, Korean, & Italian).

Speech, Language, Feeding Therapy

We are experienced to treat babies to adults with a variety of speech language difficulties, including articulation/enunciation difficulties (e.g lisp, tongue thrust, and/or difficulty saying sounds, and more), speech delay (including apraxia, oral motor difficulties, cleft palate), late talkers/expressive and receptive language delay (including multilingual homes), autism spectrum, e.g. Asperger’s, pervasive developmental disorder (PDD-NOS), social language delays, disfluency (stuttering), and feeding delays (including picky eaters, oral motor delays, medically fragile).

Professional Speech, Language, Literacy, Communication, & Feeding Services

We are like the Olympic coaches of language arts; we specialize in the complete literacy remediation package: reading, writing, speaking, and listening services for preschoolers to adults. We are experienced with the following, expressive and receptive language disorders (language processing), executive functioning issues, autism spectrum, e.g. Asperger’s, pervasive developmental disorder (PDD-NOS), central auditory processing disorder, language based learning disabilities (e.g. dyslexia), reading comprehension difficulties, and expressive writing disorders.

We bring activities, materials, and/or toys to your Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, or Long Island (Nassau & Suffolk) home. Do you want us to provide you and your child with “homework” and/or carry-over activities? No problem! Parents and their children who actively engage in the educational/therapeutic process, typically see more progress. For those parents who are unable to be present during ongoing sessions, we will contact you during our business hours to discuss with you how your child is progressing.

The Speech, Language, & Communication Team, aka “The Family.”

Craig Selinger, M.S. CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist, President of Brooklyn Letters

Craig is a New York State licensed speech language therapist and president of Brooklyn Letters with close to twelve years of professional experience. Like all of the other Brooklyn Letters’ speech language therapists, Craig travels to your home and bikes to you if you live in near Park Slope. Craig works with infants to preadolescence and specializes in speech (enunciation), expressive language and receptive/auditory processing issues, reading and writing remediation, social skills, and early childhood feeding delays/difficulties. To learn more about Craig, read his complete bio.

Dr. Michelle MacRoy-Higgins, PhD CCC-SLP, TSHH, Speech Language Pathologist

Dr. Michelle MacRoy-Higgins has worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist for nearly 15 years. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCCs) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), her New York State Speech-Language Pathology license and is certified as a Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped (TSHH). She received her B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Geneseo, her M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Adelphi University and her PhD in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences from the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center. In addition to being a private practitioner, Michelle is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Sciences program at Hunter College (CUNY) and teaches graduate students in the areas of language development, language, phonological, articulation, motor speech and swallowing disorders in children. Michelle has worked clinically in a variety of settings including home-based, preschool, elementary school and private practice clinics; and has enjoyed working with a variety of children presenting with language, phonological, articulation, and feeding disorders ranging in age from birth through adolescents. Michelle’s clinical and research expertise is with children who are late talkers. She enjoys working with children and their families to develop individualized and evidenced-based treatment, while having fun and encouraging communication success.

Michelle is a co-author of Time to Talk , an easy-to-read, straightforward guide for parents about how babies and young children learn to talk. A collaboration between Dr. Michelle MacRoy-Higgins, an associate professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at Hunter College and a practicing speech-language therapist, and Carlyn Kolker, a freelance writer, Time To Talk explains how children acquire the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional tools to build communication proficiency. The book provides a practical, insightful look at the core components of listening, speaking, and reading. Time to Talk highlights developmental milestones and red flags to stay alert for, and each chapter features expert answers to common questions, research insights with real-life relevance, tips and takeaways for nurturing a child’s communication skills, and personal perspectives from parents who have faced and overcome speech and language challenges with their child. The book includes chapters on hearing, speech development, language development, speech fluency and stuttering, literacy, bilingualism, as well as causes for concern and finding the right professional help. Empowering and reassuring, Time to Talk is a trusted resource and welcome companion for every parent committed to giving their child a firm foundation in literacy, learning, and life. The website is www.timetotalkbook.com, and the book is available at local bookstores and at Amazon.

HOURS: Available weekends and Tuesdays and Wednesday mornings
LOCATION: Brooklyn: Park Slope and Windsor Terrace
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, group (2-3 children), speech-language evaluations, parent consultation
EXPERTISE: Speech-language delays, autism spectrum disorders, feeding and swallowing disorders
AGES: birth through elementary school
PAYMENT: Private Pay, Out-of-Network
CONTACT: michelle@brooklynletters.com
BLOG: Late Talkers: A Variation of Normal Development?

Cathy Edwards, M.S. CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist

Cathy is a New York licensed speech-language pathologist who has worked with babies to adolescents for nearly 25 years. She has worked in all types of environments from early intervention, preschools and elementary schools to private practice. She is excited about helping young children to adolescents achieve their full learning potential. She is experienced in working with a variety of speech and language disorders and delays including: late talkers, articulation/enunciation problems including apraxia and oral motor difficulties, language processing issues, reading and writing remediation, stuttering, autism spectrum, feeding delay, hearing impairment, and augmentative communication. She understands how these delays treated early on in development can later help develop social and academic competence. For school age children, Cathy incorporates each student’s curriculum into the language therapy session, so they can improve their vocabulary and grammatical development, listening and reading comprehension, expressive writing skills, organizational skills and more! She will be working at the NYC Drake Bennett Summer School this summer, a 1st-6th grade summer school that provides intensive reading, writing, and math intervention for students with significant academic needs.

HOURS: Weekdays and weekends!
LOCATION: Manhattan & Queens (near Astoria)
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, group (2-3 children), parent consultations
EXPERTISE: Speech, language, feeding, stuttering, and specialized literacy remediation.
AGES: Birth through adults.
PAYMENT: Private Pay, Out-of-Network.
CONTACT: cathy@brooklynletters.com
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Amy Bielefeld, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist

Amy is a licensed Speech Language Pathologist and a certified Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities. She earned her Masters of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology at Teachers College, Columbia University, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Bowdoin College. Amy holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and has been trained in PROMPT (PROMPTs for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets). Amy has been practicing speech-language pathology for five years, including at the Rose F. Kennedy Center, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM), and privately in clients’ homes. Amy has experience working with children from infancy through early adolescence to address speech and/or language delays and disorders, including social/pragmatic difficulties and issues related to autistic spectrum disorders. At CHAM, Amy participated in the Craniofacial clinic and Williams Syndrome clinic, and has developed an interest and knowledge base in treating children with a history of cleft palate. She maintains the belief that therapy should be engaging for children of all ages, while addressing their speech or language needs and goals. Amy enjoys developing play-based therapy activities for toddlers and preschoolers, and enjoyable, often literacy-based, activities for school-age clients.

HOURS: Before 3pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, & Tuesday before 2pm.
LOCATION: Brooklyn: Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, Windsor Terrace, Prospect Heights. Other Brooklyn and lower Manhattan locations on a case-by-case basis
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, group (2-3 children), parent consultations, speech-language evaluations
EXPERTISE: Speech, language, pragmatics, phonological awareness/pre-literacy skills
AGES: Toddler through early adolescence
PAYMENT: Private Pay, Out-of-Network.
CONTACT: amy@brooklynletters.com

Sara Schwarzwalder, M.S., CCC-SLP, TSSLD, Speech Language Pathologist

saraSara is a New York State licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and certified Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD).She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Sara completed her Master’s of Science in bilingual Speech-Language Pathology at Teachers College, Columbia University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Child Development and Community Health from Tufts University. She is trained in PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets). Sara currently provides therapy in both private, home-based settings and with a diverse population of elementary, school-age students through the New York City Department of Education. Previously, she worked at a private speech and language therapy center where she assessed and treated toddlers, preschoolers through young adults. Sara has experience with evaluating and facilitating the development of various speech-language delays and disorders, including expressive and receptive language, reading comprehension, auditory processing, phonology and articulation, executive functioning and pragmatic language. Sara strongly believes in a holistic approach by targeting areas of needs, collaborating with parents and related professionals, and equipping her clients with strategies to promote progress and increase independence with academic work in a nurturing environment.

HOURS: Available weekdays after 4pm; weekday availability is flexible in summer
LOCATION: Manhattan home visits (East Village, Union Square, Gramercy, Murray Hill, Midtown East, Upper East Side, Soho, Midtown, Chelsea, and West Village)
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, group (2-3 children), speech-language evaluations, parent consultation
EXPERTISE: Expressive/Receptive Language Delays, Phonology, Articulation, Literacy (phonics and comprehension), Narrative Development, Pragmatic/Social Skills
AGES: Infants through adults
PAYMENT: Private Pay, Out-of-Network
CONTACT: sara-s@brooklynletters.com

Amy Strekas, MA, CCC-SLP, TSSLD, Bilingual (Spanish) Speech Language Pathologist

AIS Cocktail Party 3-11-13Amy is a New York State licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and a certified Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) with a bilingual (English/Spanish) extension. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Amy completed an MA in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Maryland, College Park and a BA in Psychology at Wesleyan University. Amy has over 10 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist. She has worked in a variety of settings: Early Intervention, schools, and private practice. Amy creates a fun and motivating learning environment, and her passion is helping those individuals who stutter: aside from dysfluent speech, there is an emotional piece, whether you are a parent of a child who stutters or you are the individual who stutters and need professional support. When working with Amy, her goals include helping clients improve their confidence and communication skills. Amy is also very passionate about working with school-aged students who are struggling with language based learning issues, e.g. difficulties with reading, writing, and expressive and receptive language skills. She’s also experienced working with students with special education needs and helping students in need of help with their articulation: she takes advantage of students’ strengths and interests, while creating goals/strategies to help the students she works with. In addition, Amy loves working with children on the autism spectrum. She is experienced helping individuals with ASD, from all ages, toddlers to adults, with their verbal and non-verbal social language skills.

HOURS: Monday – Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm
LOCATION: Brooklyn

TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, group therapy, and parent consultations
EXPERTISE: Language based disorders, literacy (phonological awareness, reading comprehension, decoding, writing skills), stuttering, cluttering, pragmatics, autism, bilingual language development (English/Spanish)

AGES: Birth to Adults
PAYMENT: Private Pay
CONTACT: amys@brooklynletters.com

Ewa Dynda M.A., CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist

EwaMs. Ewa Dynda is a New York State licensed speech-language pathologist with over 8 year’s experience in the field. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, is a certified Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities, and is Level 1 PROMPT trained (PROMPTs for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets). Ewa graduated from St. John’s University with a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology and is currently undergoing her PhD in Speech-Language Pathology at Adelphi University. Ewa has presented at professional workshops on topics of auditory processing, stuttering, and autism. She has experience working with children ages 2-21 years of age that encompass a variety of areas that include early speech language delay, articulation and phonology, auditory processing, language processing, autism, executive functioning, fluency, and receptive, expressive, and pragmatic language difficulties. Ewa has also worked with students with Intellectual Disabilities, and other Developmental Disabilities who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems. She is skilled in the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and high-tech AAC devices (Dynovoax) and applications (Proloquo2go, TouchChat). In addition to collaborating with parents and other professionals, she believes in a multi-modality approach to learning: Ewa takes advantage of each child’s unique strengths to help him or her acquire the needed skill(s).

HOURS: Weekday mornings till 12 and after 3pm, except Wednesday afternoon.
LOCATION: Nassau County (Jericho, Levittown, Massapequa, Wantagh, Merrick, N. Merrick, New Hyde Park, Manhasset Hills, Manhasset, Port Washington, Great Neck, and other neighboring towns)
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, speech-language evaluations, parent consultations, parent trainings
EXPERTISE: Early language development, articulation and phonology, Speech-language delays, Receptive/Expressive language delays, auditory processing, language processing, reading comprehension, executive functioning, autism spectrum disorders, and social-pragmatic language skills.
AGES: Infants through 21 years of age
PAYMENT: Private Pay, Out-of-Network
CONTACT: ewa@brooklynletters.com

Carissa Arneson, M.A., CCC-SLP, TSSLD, Speech Language Pathologist

CarissaCarissa is a licensed Speech Language Pathologist and a certified Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities who has been practicing speech-language pathology for over fifteen years. She earned her Masters of Arts degree in Speech Language Pathology from New York University Carissa holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). For the past five years Carissa has worked privately on Long Island with students of various language learning difficulties ranging from preschool to adolescent. Prior to that time, she worked with middle and high school students with various language-learning disabilities including Attention Deficit, Aspergers, Nonverbal learning and Expressive/Receptive Language Deficitsat at Winston Preparatory School in Manhattan. In addition to being a Focus Instructor, Carissa was also the director of the summer school program for several years. Carissa believes collaboration with family members is crucial to a child’s development. She firmly believes in a team approach, collaborating with parents and related professionals. She prides herself on being innovative in her therapy sessions to actively engage the student.

HOURS: Weekdays (Monday-Friday)
LOCATION: Nassau County, Long Island: Mineola, Garden City, Garden City Park, Stewart Manor, Floral Park,Franklin Square, West  Hempstead, Roslyn, East Williston, Carle Place, Westbury, Old Westbury, Valley Stream.
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, parent consultations and training
EXPERTISE: Early language development, receptive/expressive language delays, articulation/phonology, auditory processing, language processing, oral-motor difficulties, reading comprehension, executive functioning, autism spectrum disorders, and social-pragmatic language skills.
AGES: 2 years through adolescent
CONTACT: carissa@brooklynletters.com

Jessica Kleinhaut, M.A., CCC-SLP, TSHH, Speech Language Pathologist

biopicJessica, M.A., CCC-SLP, TSHH, completed her Master’s of Arts Degree in Speech-Language Pathology at The State University at Buffalo. She received a full graduate research scholarship to study and conduct research in Motor Speech Disorders and was published in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America and the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. Jessica holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, is certified as a Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped (TSHH), and is Level 1 PROMPT trained. For the past 14 years she has worked at a prestigious Long Island School District and provides one-to-one and small group language and academic support to children with various learning needs. She is highly skilled at addressing speech and language difficulties as they directly relate to classroom performance, NYS learning standards and curriculum. Previously, Jessica has worked at a private practice on the Upper East Side, where she assessed and treated Pre-K aged, school-age children and young adults. For all students, she develops an individualized curriculum based on their unique learning needs and provides an encouraging and supportive environment to enable students to improve upon their skills and enhance confidence in their abilities. She is experienced in a variety of areas, including: articulation/phonological skills, expressive and receptive language, language processing, reading comprehension, pragmatic language, improving organization/study skills and executive functioning skills. In order to stay up-to-date and be on the cutting edge of her profession, Jessica attends various continuing education conferences. Jessica is a dedicated professional, who combines a passionate interest in communication with her desire to help others. She believes in providing the highest quality service possible and her student-centered care focuses on strong clinical competence, individualized therapy programs, and close partnerships with family members, teachers, and other related professionals.

HOURS: M, W, F evening hours (after 4:00 PM) and dependent upon location, Saturdays: unlimited, Summers: unlimited.
LOCATION: Queens: Little Neck, Douglaston, Astoria, Long Island City;  Manhattan: Upper East Side, Upper East Side, Midtown East, Murray Hill, Gramercy, Union Square, East Village; Long Island: Areas within Nassau County
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, group therapy (2-3 children), parent consultations, Speech/Language evaluations
EXPERTISE: Expressive/Receptive Language Delays, Reading comprehension, Articulation/Phonology, Social-pragmatic language skills, Auditory processing, Executive Functioning, Narrative skills and Early literacy skills.
AGES: Pre-K through early adolescence
PAYMENT: Private Pay, Out-of-Network.
CONTACT: jessica@brooklynletters.com

Nora Gerstein, M.S. CCC-SLP, TSSLD, Speech-Language Pathologist

55697_550367567610_1794556405_oNora earned her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from Teachers College, Columbia University, and holds a New York State license, Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and is a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD); Nora is also trained in PROMPT. Nora finds nothing more rewarding than developing meaningful relationships with children (and their families!) and helping those children realize their full potential for successful communication skills. Nora’s experience includes helping children, from age two to twelve, in both home and school settings, and her expertise includes speech and language difficulties, including articulation/phonological disorders, language delays and processing issues, narrative and literacy skills (also including phonological awareness, syntax, and spelling), and pragmatic (social) skills. Nora strives to incorporate evidence-based practice as well as collaboration with both families and teachers in order to provide the best therapeutic services. She continues to keep in touch with the many families she no longer works with. She is also trained in the Lidcombe Program, helping children (up to 9 years of age) with fluency (stuttering) difficulties.
HOURS: 11am-3pm
LOCATION: Long Island: Port Washington, Roslyn, Manhasset, or Great Neck
EXPERTISE: Speech, Language, Literacy, Fluency
AGES: babies, toddlers, school-age children
CONTACT: nora@brooklynletters.com

Mary Bell, M.S. CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist

Mary Bell graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Communicative Disorders. She received her Master’s of Science degree in Speech Pathology from Boston University. She is certified by the state of New York and is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Associate (ASHA). She is also a level one PROMPT trained therapist.
Mary has spent the majority of her career working with the pediatric population in private practices or in-home as a private speech and language pathologist. Her career has afforded her previous opportunities to work with children and adults of all ages and disabilities in Boston, Los Angeles, and abroad in Kuwait. Her therapy emphasis has been in the areas of articulation, processing disorders, language development, social-pragmatic skills, and fluency. She also has experience developing and running toddler/parent groups, social skills groups and giving parent workshops. She believes strongly in educating parents to become facilitators of their children’s skills at home and using a playful, child-centered approach to connect with children.

Mary is an energetic and enthusiastic professional who enjoys helping people and improving others’ lives. She forms relationships easily and always has the patients’ and families’ needs foremost in her mind.

LOCATION: Manhattan: Union Square, TriBeCa, Chelsea, Battery Park, Financial District, SOHO, East Village. Brooklyn: Brooklyn Heights
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, speech-language evaluations, parent consultations, parent trainings
HOURS: Mon-Thurs 8 to 6:30, Friday 8 to 2:30 and Saturdays 9-12
EXPERTISE: Early language development, articulation and phonology, Speech-language delays, Receptive/Expressive language delays, auditory processing, language processing, and social-pragmatic language skills.
AGES: Infants through 21 years of age

MARCY GORDON, M.S., CCC-SLP, TSSLD, Speech-Language Pathologist

marcyMarcy Gordon is a licensed Speech and Language Pathologist and a certified New York State Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities. She received her Master of Science degree in Speech and Language Pathology from Teachers College, Columbia University. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music, Cum Laude from SUNY Purchase. She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She is a trained provider of the Orton-Gillingham Approach to reading and writing. For the past seven years, Marcy has worked privately and with the New York City Department of Education with clients from toddlers to adults, with a broad range of concerns, from children with autism, to children with reading disabilities, to adults with traumatic brain injury. Her practice currently focuses on children with receptive and expressive language delays, language-based learning issues (including dyslexia), development of phonological awareness and early reading skills, children with autism and PDD, feeding delays, alternative and augmentative communication (AAC), articulation and phonology, social and pragmatic language skills, and using positive behavioral supports for children with autism and ADD/ADHD. Marcy believes that a positive, supportive rapport with the child and a great working relationship with the family are the keys to successful therapy. Marcy works with the child, the family and caregivers, and school and other related professionals to maximize success at home, at school and in the community.
HOURS: Available weekdays after 3pm and weekends
LOCATION: Brooklyn, from Park Slope and Cobble Hill to Bed Stuy and Prospect Heights
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, small group therapy (2-3 children), parent consultations
EXPERTISE: Receptive and expressive language delays, apraxia, language-based learning issues (reading and writing), phonological awareness and early reading skills, feeding delays, alternative and augmentative communication (AAC), articulation and phonology, working with children with autism and PDD, social and pragmatic language skills, and using positive behavior supports for children with autism and ADD/ADHD
AGES: Toddler through adult
CONTACT: marcy@brooklynletters.com

Christina Raschella, MS, CCC- SLP, TSHH, Speech Language Pathologist

Christina is a New York State licensed Speech-Language Pathologist who holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. She is certified as a Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped (TSHH). Christina completed her Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree at St. John’s University in Queens, NY.

Christina holds 12 years of experience treating infants and children up to the age of 21. She has worked in a variety of settings, such as a pediatric skilled nursing facility, preschool, elementary school and in clients’ homes, providing early intervention and private feeding and communication services. Currently, she works at school for the deaf, treating children who are hard of hearing or recipients of cochlear implants and diagnosed with speech and language delays, neuro-developmental, genetic and/or congenital disorders such as autism, CHARGE syndrome, cerebral palsy. Christina is the primary clinician at her school who provides feeding and swallowing therapy services. She creates individualized feeding programs, focusing on promoting safe, efficient eating. Treatment programs may include, oral-motor stimulation and desensitization, tube weaning, diet progression, introduction to cup drinking, biting and chewing development and staff and parent training. In March 2016, Christina presented on the topic of dysphagia at the New York Deaf Blind Collaborative (NYDBC) Family Learning Conference, and she led a feeding therapy discussion group at the NYDBC Family Retreat in July, 2016.

Christina is experienced assessing and treating children with cognitive delays, a diagnosis of Apraxia of Speech, articulation, phonology, voice, fluency, receptive and/or expressive language delays/disorders. She is particularly passionate about working with babies and young children who benefit from a multi-sensory approach to learning and the implementation of a total language communication approach. In therapy, she incorporates voice, introductory PROMPT techniques, signing and, if applicable, the use of augmentative, alternative communication (AAC) such as the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) or a dynamic display device (ex Dynavox, iPad). She believes in the importance of establishing a strong foundation for language during the early years and setting children up for success. This includes supporting families, addressing their concerns, assisting them in carrying over therapeutic techniques within their homes and playing an active role in the transition from home to school.

HOURS: Available Mondays and Thursdays after 5:15pm; Tuesdays and Wednesdays after 5:00pm. Greater flexibility and availability in the summer
LOCATION: Brooklyn (Windsor Terrace, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn Heights)
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, parent consultation, parent training
EXPERTISE: Early Speech and Language Development, Expressive/Receptive Language Delays, Phonology, Articulation/Intelligibility, Oral-motor Weakness and Disorganization, Feeding and Swallowing Delays, Augmentative/Alternative Communication Use
AGES: Infants through school age
PAYMENT: Private Pay, Out-of-Network

Danielle Bloch, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist

Danielle BlochDanielle is a certified Speech and Language Pathologist with a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and Certificate of Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD). She obtained her Master of Science in Speech and Language Pathology at Long Island University, where she learned the importance of evidence-based practice and providing therapy from a child centered approach. She has worked in a variety of school and clinical settings including New York Center for Child Development and NYU Langone Medical Center. In addition, Danielle has held the position of Adjunct Professor of Communication Sciences at Long Island University, where she taught a writing seminar to graduate students. When working in an Arizona school district, she provided speech and language services for children in pre-k – 8th grade. She focused on helping school aged students improve their reading comprehension, inferencing, executive functioning, as well as organizational writing skills. Danielle currently provides speech-language therapeutic services for early intervention and preschool populations where she works as part of a multidisciplinary team. Working closely with teachers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and social workers has provided Danielle with the knowledge and skill set to work with a child from a holistic approach. Danielle has experience evaluating and treating communication disorders in the areas of receptive/expressive language, articulation, auditory processing, fluency, e.g. stuttering for children between the ages of 3-7 years, childhood apraxia of speech, social skills, and autism spectrum disorders. Danielle individualizes therapy sessions to fit the needs and interests of every child. She targets speech and language goals through a play based approach. She believes that therapy should be a fun and positive experience and values working collaboratively with families.

HOURS: Available Monday – Friday after 3:00 pm and Saturdays
LOCATION: Manhattan – East Village, West Village, Union Square, Upper East Side, Lower East Side, SoHo, NoHo, TriBeCa, Financial District. Brooklyn – Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Bushwick, Dumbo, Brooklyn Heights, Clinton Hill, Fort Green, Boerum Hill, Bedford Stuyvesant, Fort Greene, Park Slope, Carroll Gardens. Queens- Long Island City
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, group (2-3 children), parent consultations
EXPERTISE: late talkers, articulation/phonology, expressive/receptive disorders, apraxia, and pragmatic/social skills
AGES: Birth through 13 years
CONTACT:danielleb@brooklynletters.com

Cassie Wangsness, M.S. CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist

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Cassie is a New York State licensed Speech and Language Pathologist and a certified Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) who has been practicing speech-language pathology for over five years. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Cassie completed her Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at Teachers College, Columbia University, and holds an additional Masters of Science in Teaching English to Students of Other Languages (TESOL) Education from Lehman College. She received her Bachelor of Arts in African Languages and Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Cassie taught English as a second language (ESL) for six years prior to becoming a speech-language pathologist and utilizes this background to better service children with language backgrounds other than English. As a SLP, Cassie has extensive experience providing home and school-based therapy to children with a diverse and multiple range of speech and language needs. She utilizes her training in Orton-Gillingham reading intervention to treat a range of reading-based disabilities, and is practiced in utilizing various multi-sensory approaches to building reading proficiency. Cassie’s areas of expertise include treating articulation/phonological disorders, language delay, reading disorders, Autism/PDD, expressive and receptive language delays, hearing loss, fluency disorders, and selective mutism. Cassie is skilled in developing child-centered treatment plans and goals, believes in holistic intervention that upholds strong collaborative efforts among parents and other related service providers, and prides herself in providing quality and effective services.

HOURS: Available weekends and Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons.
LOCATION: Brooklyn: Sunset Park, Bay Ridge, Park Slope, South Slope, Windsor Terrace
TYPE OF SERVICE: individual therapy, group therapy (2-3 children), parent consultation
EXPERTISE: speech-language delay, reading disorders, articulation/phonological disorders, fluency disorders
AGES: 2 years through elementary school
PAYMENT: Private Pay, Out-of-Network
CONTACT: cassie@brooklynletters.com

Jeff Campoli, M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist

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Jeff is a licensed Speech Language Pathologist and a certified Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD). He earned his Masters of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology at Long Island University (Brooklyn), and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Art from Burlington College. Jeff holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Jeff has experience working with clients to address challenges related to stuttering, autism spectrum disorders, apraxia, phonological disorders, articulation and language delays, and traumatic brain injury. He has helped school aged children to improve receptive/expressive language skills, reading comprehension, inferencing, literacy and organizational writing skills. Jeff currently works for AHRC New York City providing speech and language services in a Brooklyn special education preschool. Jeff is skilled in implementing alternative/augmentative communication systems, such as Picture Exchange Communication Symbols (PECS), and dynamic display devices (i.e. TouchChat, Dynavox, etc.). Prior to becoming a speech-language pathologist, Jeff worked with children in a pre-professional capacity as an autism interventionist, and one-to-one program guide in a special education high school in Vermont. In addition to collaborating with parents and other professionals, Jeff believes in a multi-modality approach to learning: utilizing play, art, music, and literacy-based activities during therapy in order to help clients achieve their individual goals.

HOURS: Monday/ Wed/ Fri 4:00pm, Tues/Thurs 5:00pm.
LOCATION: Brooklyn: Flatbush, Ditmas Park, Midwood, Borough Park, Prospect Heights, Windsor Terrace, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, Crown Heights, Park Slope, Gowanus, Bed-Stuy, Bushwick, WIlliamsburg, and Greenpoint. Other Brooklyn and Manhattan locations on a case-by-case basis.
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, group (2-3 children), parent consultations, speech-language evaluations
EXPERTISE: Stuttering, Speech, Language, Pragmatics, Phonological awareness, Apraxia.
AGES: Toddler through early adolescence
PAYMENT: Private Pay, Out-of-Network
CONTACT: jeff@brooklynletters.com

Fanya Ginzburg, M.S., TSHH, CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist

noname-1Fanya is a licensed New York State Speech Language Pathologist. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the New York University Steinhardt School of Education, and her Master’s degree from Brooklyn College. She holds her permanent Teacher of Hearing Handicapped (TSHH) license, as well as her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Although she does not hold a bilingual extension, she is fluent in Russian.

Fanya has over 12 years of professional experience working with pediatric and adolescent populations. She has provided Speech and Language services in New York and London, UK in a variety of clinical settings, such as generalized and specialized education in: preschool/elementary/junior high/high school, multi-disciplinary clinics, and home care. Additionally, she has also provided supervision for graduate school students in clinical and school settings.

Fanya stays current with new theories, policies, methodologies, and advances by attending various Continuing Education seminars, conferences, and trainings. She believes in integrating evidence-based AND functional approaches to therapy that are interactive and fun in order to enhance and enrich therapy for her clients. Fanya is a strong believer that a collaborative approach with families and related professionals is key in facilitating carryover skills for her clients.
HOURS: Weekdays from 2pm-5pm; Summer schedule very flexible
LOCATION: Brooklyn (Sheepshead Bay, Gravesend, Gerritson Beach, Marine Park, Mill Basin, Bergen Beach, Manhattan Beach, Brighton Beach, Coney Island, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, Dyker Heights, Fort Hamilton, Bay Ridge, Midwood, Borough Park, Kensington, Windsor Terrace, Park Slope
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, group (2-3 children), parent consultations
EXPERTISE: Specific Language Impairment (SLI); receptive and expressive language delays/disorders; social/pragmatic language deficits; Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD); Language Processing Disorder (LPD); articulation delays/phonological disorders; apraxia; Oral Motor difficulties; Auditory Processing Disorder (APD); selective mutism; pre-literacy skills; writing difficulties; improving organization and/or study skills; accent modification/reduction;intellectual and developmental disabilities;
AGES: 1 year-21 years old
PAYMENT: Private Pay, Out-of-Network.
CONTACT: fanya@brooklynletters.com

Katie Ashman, M.S. CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist

photoKatie is a New York State licensed speech-language pathologist. Katie has received her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She also holds the Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) license. She received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Communicative Sciences and Disorders at New York University.

Katie has extensive experience treating children with articulation and phonological disorders, as well as receptive, expressive, and pragmatic language impairments. She specializes in working with pre-school and school-age children and treating delays and disorders of varying degrees of severity. Katie has worked in the school setting for six years, leading both individual and group sessions, and also has experience working in home and clinical settings. She was trained in the Floortime Greenspan Approach, which was developed to support the emotional and cognitive needs of children with autism. Katie believes that family involvement in speech or language development is an important part of intervention, and has training in the Hanen program, which aims to support parents in promoting optimal language growth. She has experience in using augmentative/alternative communication devices and has training in the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and American Sign Language.

HOURS: Weekday afternoons
LOCATION: Brooklyn: Prospect Heights, Clinton Hill, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights. Flexible in Manhattan locations.
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, group (2-3 children), speech-language evaluations, parent consultation
EXPERTISE: early language delays, expressive and receptive language delays, pre-literacy and literacy skills, articulation and phonological disorders, autism spectrum disorders
AGES: Toddler through elementary school age
PAYMENT: Private Pay, Out-of-Network
CONTACT:

Erika Bates, M.A, TSSLD, Speech-Language Pathologist

erikaErika is a licensed speech-language-pathologist with dual certification in New York and California. She is a certified Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD). Erika graduated with her Bachelors and Masters of Arts from Hampton University. She is passionate about helping others and truly loves making a difference in people’s lives. She is currently working for a Brooklyn specialized preschool, and she has worked with elementary school and middle school aged students. In addition, she has worked in Early Intervention in families’ homes and in clinics. Erika enjoys collaborating with teachers and other related professional providers to help build upon the child’s goals and successes from a holistic perspective. Working in Los Angeles, CA, and now back to her home base in NYC, she has had opportunities to work with children with autism, cerebral palsy, global delays, intellectual disability, hydrocephalus, and receptive/expressive language delays. Erika is skilled in treating articulation/ phonology, receptive language or auditory comprehension, expressive language, pragmatics (social use of language), teaching language/linguistic concepts, and sensory/ oral motor difficulties. She individualizes her techniques for all children/students she works with. Erika keeps current with best practices, and her sessions are fun, engaging children/students of all ages.
HOURS: MON.- THURSDAYs 2:30-6PM
LOCATION: Brooklyn: Bedford Stuyvesant, Bushwick, Williamsburg, Park Slope, Front Green, Downtown Brooklyn
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual and group (2-4) therapy, parent/caregiver consultations, speech evaluations.
EXPERTISE: Receptive/ Expressive language delays , articulation/ phonological awareness and pragmatics( social skills)
AGES: Toddler through adolescence
CONTACT: erika@brooklynletters.com

Karen Koziorzebska, M.S., CCC-SLP, TSSLD, Speech-Language Pathologist

karenkKaren is a New York State licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and certified Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD). She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She completed her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from CUNY Brooklyn College, and obtained her undergraduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from New York University. Currently, Karen works as a full-time clinician in a Brooklyn preschool, providing therapeutic intervention to a diverse group of children presenting with expressive/receptive language delay, fluency disorders, developmental delay, intellectual disability, aphasia, and feeding difficulties. She also provides home-based services to a variety of populations, including preschool and school-aged children presenting with receptive/expressive language delay/disorder, learning disabilities, pervasive developmental disorder, and pragmatic/social difficulties, as well as adults presenting with dysphagia and language disorders. Previously, she has worked as a full-time clinician with adolescents in a high school, targeting improvement of social/pragmatic skills, reading/auditory comprehension skills, verbal expression (both oral and written), and executive functioning skills. During her time, she actively provided in-services to the teaching staff, educating and stressing the importance of a synergistic approach amongst teachers and speech-language pathologists in improving children with learning disabilities’ academic success. She is fluent in Polish and also demonstrates a basic working knowledge of American Sign Language (ASL). Karen believes in the importance of “taking the child’s lead” and utilizing naturalistic and functional language during meaningful moments for the individual child. She implements play therapy as a means to facilitate practical and successful language to generalize to all the child’s speech contexts. Karen promotes a multidisciplinary approach in therapy, including involvement and collaboration amongst parents, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and counselors.rnrnHOURS: Available Monday-Thursday after 2pm
LOCATION: Brooklyn (Bushwick, Greenpoint, Williamsburg), Queens (Astoria, Long Island City, Maspeth, Ridgewood, Sunnyside)
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual and group therapy, speech-language evaluations, parent consultation
EXPERTISE: Expressive/Receptive Language Delay, Phonology/Articulation, Literacy, Late talkers, Narrative Development, Pragmatic/Social Skills, Fluency
AGES: Infants through adults
PAYMENT: Private Pay, Out-of-Network
CONTACT: karen@brooklynletters.com

Susan Mason, M.S., CCC-SLP, TSHH, Speech Language Therapist

TAT_7419_1_pp_50Susan is a highly experienced speech-language pathologist with over 20 years in the field, and she prides herself on providing very personalized services which incorporate each student’s unique interests, and each family’s style. Susan received an M.S. degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a B.A. Degree cum laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is licensed by New York State, and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and certification as a Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped (TSHH) from New York State. She is PROMPT trained, Level 1; and has actively pursued other ongoing clinical training throughout her career. Prior to being in private practice, Susan worked in hospital, school and rehabilitation settings. She was a speech-language pathologist at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where she saw children of all ages with very varied speech, language and hearing disorders. At Einstein she served on the well-known Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Team (CERC) at the Rose F. Kennedy Center; and also treated adults with neurological disorders (strokes, head trauma) and voice problems; lectured to medical students on speech and language disorders in children and adults; and taught students from Stern College. In addition, she has always enjoyed training and mentoring, and has supervised numerous graduate students and many first year professionals (CFs) who are beginning in the field after receiving their Masters. Following her work at Einstein, Susan started and supervised the Speech Department at Special Sprouts Therapeutic Nursery in Park Slope. She evaluated and treated young children, supervised the speech staff, and provided parent training workshops. The approach at the school combined a nurturing, highly stimulating environment with skillful speech and language treatment, constant communication with parents, and a multi-disciplinary team collaboration. Susan has worked with students from many of the schools in lower Manhattan. She takes an eclectic approach to therapy, utilizing her vast knowledge to choose the most suitable methods for each student. She is warm and caring, and always aims to make learning fun.

HOURS: Mon – 10:30 -1:30; 5:30 on; Wed 10:30 -1:30; Thurs. 4:00 on; Fri. a.m. – Great Neck
TYPES OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, parent training, school consultations
EXPERTISE: Delayed language development, receptive and expressive language disorders, apraxia, auditory processing problems, writing skills difficulty, hearing impairment, pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), hyperlexia, Asperger’s Syndrome, pragmatic (social language), oral-motor difficulty.
LOCATION: Manhattan : Greenwich Village, far West Village (“Meatpacking District”), Tribeca, Chelsea, North Battery Park. Sessions are in-home or at school.
Office-based sessions are also held on Mondays, in Greenwich Village. In addition, Great Neck, NY – limited times on Fridays.
AGES: Toddlers, 3-5 year olds, school age children, adolescents, and young adults
CONTACT: susanm@brooklynletters.com

Sharon Baum, MA, CCC- SLP, TSSLD, Speech Language Pathologist

IMG_2194Sharon is a New York State licensed Speech-Language Pathologist who holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. She is certified as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD). Sharon completed her Masters of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology at CUNY Lehman. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from CUNY Brooklyn. She is extensively trained in delivering SDI (Social Development Intervention), a collaborative multisensory model helping children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder to improve their overall communication skills through the development of social pragmatics language skills. Sharon has also received extensive training in use of the Story Grammar Marker to facilitate language and writing development, as well as the Orton Gillingham approach for reading instruction. She has worked with all ages including infants, toddlers, pre-school through middle school students, adults and geriatrics. Sharon has experience with the assessment of and intervention for speech-language delays and disorders, including expressive and receptive language, cognitive delays, reading comprehension, auditory processing, voice disorders (including hypernasality due to cleft palate), fluency disorders, writing difficulties, executive functioning, phonology and articulation, and pragmatic language use. Sharon has worked in adult home settings with adults and geriatrics with neuro-motor speech disorders secondary to traumatic brain injuries, strokes, Alzheimer’s and Parkinsonian Dementia. Sharon’s dynamic approach incorporates tools from her psychology background to develop a strong rapport with her clients and help them to identify any challenges that they may encounter throughout the therapeutic process. Therapy is geared towards individual learning styles, acknowledging the critical role of and collaboration with other related service providers and family members, and incorporates the strengths and interests of her clients.

HOURS: Available weekdays after 3-4 pm; weekday availability is flexible in summer, Sundays
LOCATION: Brooklyn (Marine Park, Midwood, Kensington, Park Slope, Brooklyn Heights, Prospect Heights); Manhattan(Soho, Midtown, Upper West Side )
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, group (2-3 children), speech-language evaluations, parent consultation
EXPERTISE: Expressive/Receptive Language Delays, Phonology, Articulation/Intelligibility, Literacy (phonics and comprehension), Narrative/ Expository Discourse, Writing Organization, Pragmatic/Social Skills, Voice, Cognition (attention, memory, problem solving), sensory processing
AGES: Infants through adults
PAYMENT: Private Pay, Out-of-Network
CONTACT: sharon@brooklynletters.com

Jennifer Hunter, M.A., CCC-SLP, TSSLD Speech-Language Pathologist

JenbiophotoGrowing up with a sister with Down Syndrome inspired Jennifer to become a speech-language pathologist. Jennifer earned her BA in Psychology at Emory University and her MA in Speech-Language Pathology at The George Washington University. She holds a New York State license and a Certificate of Clinical Competency (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Jennifer is also trained in PROMPT. Jennifer has been practicing speech-language pathology for 13 years in preschools, elementary/ middle/ high schools, and clinics in Virginia, North Carolina, New York City, and London, UK.  She has experience working with children in the areas of: articulation/ phonology, expressive and receptive language delay/ difficulties, language-based learning disabilities, stuttering, pre-literacy and literacy skills, as well as social (pragmatic language) skills. Jennifer is driven by the joy of helping children communicate more successfully. Her goal in therapy is to address each child’s needs using activities that are evidence-based, as well as fun and interactive. Jennifer believes that collaboration with parents is key to achieving carryover of skills and true progress.

HOURS: Available weekdays (day and evening)
LOCATIONS: Brooklyn: Brooklyn Heights, Dumbo, Downtown Brooklyn, Ft Greene, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace. Manhattan: West Village, East Village, Lower East Side, SoHo, TriBeCa, Lower Manhattan
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, group (2-3 children), speech-language evaluations, parent consultations
EXPERTISE: Articulation/ phonological disorders, receptive and expressive language delays/ disorders, autism spectrum disorders, dyslexia/ literacy
AGES: two through adolescence
PAYMENT: Private Pay, Out-of-Network

CONTACT: jenniferh@brooklynletters.com

Penny Yilmaz, M.S., CCC-SLP, TSSLD, Speech-Language Pathologist

Penny is a New York State licensed speech-language pathologist and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She is also a certified and tenured Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) in the New York City public school system. Penny received the NYC Department of Education’s Fellowship scholarship towards her masters of science in Speech and Language Pathology from Mercy College. She earned her bachelors of arts from CUNY Queens College in Linguistics & Communications Disorders, with a minor in Journalism and Pre-Med. Penny has been working as a school-based speech language therapist for the past 6 years in high school and middle school settings. She has additional experience treating toddlers (Early Intervention), pre-schoolers, school aged students, and adults encompassing a broad range of communication disorders, including but not limited to: early intervention for receptive and expressive language delays, ADHD, stuttering, articulation/phonological disorders, pragmatic/social skills for autism spectrum, literacy difficulties, writing difficulties, dyslexia, auditory and language processing, reading/listening comprehension. Penny’s language therapy expertise focuses on helping those with language-based learning difficulties (all ages) including but not limited to: listening/reading comprehension, inferential/critical thinking, vocabulary development, phonological awareness, word recognition skills, decoding, grammar, sentence structure (syntax), and organizing the students’ ideas/thoughts. Penny presented workshops on executive functioning in school-age students to school staff, educators and district speech and language professional development workshops. She is currently part of the NYC DOE Central Speech Evaluation Team conducting comprehensive speech-language evaluations throughout public schools in Queens. While servicing a full caseload of 35+ high school students, Penny was also the school’s Special Education Coordinator for three consecutive years. Furthermore, Penny’s role as a previous Special Education Coordinator for an NYC public school granted extensive knowledge and leadership experience within the Department of Special Education’s protocols and policies. In this position, Penny was intricately involved throughout each student’s special education process, and oversaw compliance of recommendations to ensure that each child received all of their rightfully bound services and support needed to fully participate and progress along the general education curriculum.

HOURS: School-year availability (Sept – June): Tuesday through Friday after 4pm; Summer availability: Weekdays, 10am – 4pm.
LOCATION: Queens: Forest Hills, Rego Park, Middle Village, Maspeth, Glendale, Douglaston, Little Neck, Whitestone, Malba, Bayside, North Flushing, Astoria, LIC, Sunnyside, Woodside (please inquire about other neighboring Queen’s neighborhoods)
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual speech-language therapy, comprehensive speech-language evaluations, parent/caregiver/school staff consultation
EXPERTISE: • Early Language Development • Receptive and Expressive Language Delays/Disorders • Language to Literacy Connection (phonological awareness, reading comprehension, word recognition, decoding) • Auditory Processing Disorder • Fluency Disorders (Stuttering) • Articulation/Intelligibility (speech sound development delay, phonological processing delay, apraxia) • Executive Function Deficits (organization, reasoning, poor decision making, problem solving, time management, impulsivity) • Narrative/Expository Discourse • Cognition (memory, attention, reasoning) • Pragmatics/Social Skills
AGES: Birth to High School

Malikah White, M.A. CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist

Malikah is a New York State licensed Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP) and a certified Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD), who has been practicing speech-language pathology for over five years. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Malikah completed her masters of science in Speech-Language Pathology at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia, where she learned the importance of providing evidence-based practice.
As a SLP, Malikah has extensive experience providing home, center and school-based therapy to children with diverse speech and language needs. Malikah’s areas of expertise include treating articulation/phonological disorders, language delays, literacy deficits, autism/PDD, expressive and receptive language delays/disorders, hearing loss and fluency (stuttering) disorders. Malikah previously worked at a school for students diagnosed with autism, where she gained experience in implementing alternative/augmentative communication systems, such as Picture Exchange Communication Symboles (PECS) and dynamic display devices, such as Dynavox.
Malikah currently provides speech-language services within the early intervention population, providing a therapeutic hands on play-based approach. Malikah also provides feeding therapy for the birth to three population. Malikah believes children learn best within their natural environments, allowing her to develop and implement individualized, child-centered treatment plans and goals. Collaboration with parents and other service providers is also a necessity for achieving success.
HOURS: Weekdays, after 4:30PM
LOCATION: Brooklyn: Canairse, Flatbush Queens: Springfield Gardens, Long Island: Freeport, Roosevelt, Baldwin, Lynbrook, Rockville Centre *Other locations on a case-by-case basis
TYPE OF SERVICE: individual therapy, group therapy (2-3 children), feeding therapy, parent consultation, speech-language evaluations
EXPERTISE: speech-language delays, articulation/phonological disorders, fluency disorders, Apraxia and pragmatic/social skills
AGES: Birth through early adolescence
PAYMENT: Private Pay, Out-of-Network

Lucia Cumella, MA, CCC-SLP, TSSLD, Speech Language Pathologist

lucia-cumellaLucia is a New York State licensed speech-language pathologist. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and is a certified Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD).

Lucia graduated from Kean University in Union, New Jersey with a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology and is currently working for the NYC Department of Education providing speech and language therapy for Pre-K- fifth grade students in Staten Island, New York. She is fluent in Italian (reading and speaking).

Lucia’s strength and motivation comes from the heart; she has wanted to be a Speech Language Pathologist since she was 10 years old. The birth of her niece who was diagnosed with Down syndrome after birth while Lucia was completing her undergraduate studies in speech and language has only fueled her motivation, passion and dedication to her profession and students.

Lucia has worked in a variety of Early Intervention and Preschool centers as both an evaluator and a therapist. She has experience working with children ages birth to age 10 which, encompass a variety of areas that include early speech language delays, articulation and phonology, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, auditory processing, language processing, phonemic awareness, literacy, fluency, as well as receptive, expressive, and pragmatic language difficulties. Lucia has experience with a variety of Intellectual Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Aspergers, ADHD, a variety of Genetic Disorders (Down Syndrome, CHARGE Syndrome, Smith-Magentis Syndrome, Angelman Syndrome) and other Developmental Disabilities. She also has experience with non-verbal children who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems and modified ASL (American Sign Language) to facilitate functional communication.

Lucia is skilled in evaluating and treating articulation/phonology disorders, enhancing oral motor strength and agility to increase precise sequenced movements, expressive/receptive language delays/disorders, and feeding skills (food chaining method; SOS). She resourcefully explores a child’s specific needs and interests, as she believes in treating the “whole” child.

In addition to collaborating with parents and other professionals, Lucia believes in a multi-modality approach to learning: utilizing play, music and literacy-based activities during therapy.

HOURS: Weekday afternoons after 4 pm for Brooklyn locations; Staten Island locations available after 3:30 pm
LOCATION: Staten Island and Brooklyn (Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, Dyker Heights, Sunset park, Park Slope)
TYPES OF SERVICES Individual therapy, speech-language evaluations, parent consultations/trainings
EXPERTISE: Early language development, articulation and phonology, Speech-language delays, Receptive/Expressive language delays, auditory processing, language processing, reading comprehension, phonemic awareness, autism spectrum disorders, genetic disorders, feeding therapy, Apraxia, oral motor, feeding, and social/pragmatic language skills
AGES: Birth- Adolescents
PAYMENT: Private Pay, Out-of-Network
CONTACT: lucia@brooklynletters.com

Hee Ra (Kristine) Kang, M.S. CCC-SLP, TSSLD, Trilingual (Spanish & Korean) Speech Language PathologistProfile picture-2

Hee Ra (Kristine) Kang, M.S. CCC-SLP, TSSLD, ASHA certified, is a trilingual speech language pathologist licensed in NY. She was born in South Korea and raised in Costa Rica (Pura Vida!); she speaks fluent English and Spanish, as well as proficient Korean. Her multicultural background gives her a unique vantage point to understand diverse populations.  Kristine received her M.S. degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Teachers College, Columbia University, and her B.A. Degree from Binghamton University. Kristine has experience working with the pediatric population including those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, receptive and expressive language disorders, selective mutism, bilingualism, childhood apraxia of speech, articulation/phonological disorders, autism/PDD, and behavioral feeding disorders.Kristine has worked in a variety of settings including schools and clinics. She also has extensive experience providing comprehensive preschool and school-age speech-language evaluations. Kristine enjoys collaborating with other health professionals and families.

HOURS: After 5pm on Mondays and after 5:30 pm on Thursdays.
LOCATION: Manhattan: Upper East Side, Midtown East, Kips Bay, Gramercy Park. Queens: Astoria, Long Island City, Sunnyside, Woodside, Jackson Heights.
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, group (2-3 children), parent consultations, speech-language evaluations
EXPERTISE: Speech, language, phonological awareness/pre-literacy skills
AGES: Preschool through early adolescence
CONTACT: heera@brooklynletters.com

Brittney Wolf, M.A., CCC-SLP, TSSLD, Bilingual Speech Language Pathologist (Spanish)

Brittney Bio Picture Brittney is a speech language pathologist with a master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where she received specialized training in the areas of fluency (stuttering), bilingual language development (Spanish-English), and language-based learning disabilities. While she was in Austin, she completed a clinical research project examining which assessments and therapies are most effective for high school students and young adults with autism. Following graduation, Brittney moved back to New York and has been working for the New York City Department of Education with students from pre-K to high school. She has worked extensively with students to improve their social communication skills through social thinking stories and activities. In her school district, she leads professional development workshops for speech pathologists and teachers educating them about teaching language learning and literacy, and how to modify instruction and materials for students with learning differences.

Brittney sparks excitement by creating research-based, client specific materials, strategies, and activities and she targets speech and language goals within meaningful contexts. Furthermore, she works closely with parents and teachers integrating strategies practiced during her therapy sessions, which facilitate generalization into daily routines. A comfortable, supportive environment is essential for clients of all ages helping them bolster confidence and independence.

HOURS: Mondays & Tuesdays after 4:00pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays after 3:00pm
LOCATION: Brooklyn: Park Slope, South Slope, Carroll Gardens, Prospect Heights, Cobble Hill, Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn Heights, Dumbo, Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, Boerum Hill.
Manhattan: Chelsea, TriBeCa, Soho, West Village, East Village, Lower East Side
Other Brooklyn and Manhattan locations on a case-by-case basis.
TYPES OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, speech-language evaluations, parent consultations/trainings
EXPERTISE: Stuttering, language and literacy (language processing, word recognition and comprehension, writing), bilingual services (Spanish-English), early language development, autism spectrum disorders, transition planning
AGES: Birth-Adults
PAYMENT: Private Pay, Out-of-Network
CONTACT: brittney@brooklynletters.com

Lindsay McNamee MA., CCC-SLP, TSSLD Speech Language Pathologist

lindsaymLindsay is a New York State licensed speech language therapist. She graduated from Ithaca College with her license in teaching students with speech and language disabilities and received her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Hofstra University. She currently holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. For the past seven years, she has worked as a speech and language therapist at the secondary level in the New York City public schools. She has helped students with auditory and receptive language disorders, autism, ADHD, executive function issues, and other disorders understand their curriculum and learn reading, writing, study, and executive function skills. Lindsay has received additional training in areas such as selective mutism, vocabulary assessment and intervention, and working with students with hearing impairments. She has experience working with students of all age groups. Lindsay also has experience conducting language stimulation groups with children aged 2-5. She enjoys collaborating with other professionals as well as parents to help her clients achieve their goals.

HOURS: Available weekdays after 4pm.
LOCATION: Manhattan-Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Midtown East/West, and downtown locations
TYPES OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, group therapy (2-3 children) speech language evaluations and parent consultations
EXPERTISE: language based disorders, literacy skills, vocabulary development as well as pragmatics and social skills
AGES: birth through adolescence
PAYMENT: Private Pay, Out-of-Network
CONTACT: lindsaym@brooklynletters.com

 

Kate Oliver, M.S., CCC-SLP, TSSLD, Speech Language Pathologist

oliverKate is a New York State licensed pediatric speech language therapist. She earned her Master’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Emerson College. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, and she is certified as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD). Kate is experienced working with children of all ages. She has worked clinically in a variety of settings including home-based, preschool, elementary school, middle school, and private practice clinics. She has experience evaluating and treating children who are on the autism spectrum, have language delays (i.e., receptive, expressive, pragmatic), language based learning disabilities (i.e., reading, writing, vocabulary), articulation delays, feeding difficulties, and fluency disorders. She currently works at a therapeutic preschool during the day. Kate uses a holistic approach in her therapy. She believes that children grow in environments where they are exposed to multiple forms of learning, such as hands on, auditory, and visual learning. She uses children’s individual interests to create a supportive and fun therapy environment. She enjoys working with other professionals and parents to educate and assist in creating individualized plans to maximize children’s development. Kate also specializes in using photography and music to improve language use.

Janelle Brown, M.S. CCC-SLP, Speech- Language Pathologist

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Janelle is a licensed Speech Language Pathologist and a certified Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities. She earned her Masters of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology at Howard University, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Spelman College. Janelle holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Janelle has been practicing speech-language pathology for 8 years, in a variety of settings including pre-school, elementary/middle school, and high school, and has supervised newly graduated speech pathologists, as a Clinical Fellow Supervisor. Janelle has also served as an outside evaluator for charter schools throughout New York City. Janelle currently serves as the speech department supervisor at a state sponsored school for students with disabilities.

Janelle has experience working with clients ages 2-21 to address a variety of language and articulation delays/disorders, phonological disorders, social/pragmatic deficits, auditory processing disorders, fluency, and oral-motor difficulties. She believes in providing therapy that is evidence based, functional, and fun. She enjoys crafting sessions that are thematically based, “real-life” scenarios/experiences, and naturalistic play. Janelle aims to connect to the classroom by incorporating curriculum based materials by simultaneously targeting language, literacy, and academic skills. She designs treatment to focus on improving auditory discrimination, auditory comprehension, reading comprehension, and increasing clients’ ability to identify the main idea, make inferences, summarize text, and generate narratives. Additionally, Janelle is skilled in implementing alternative augmentative communication systems, such as Picture Exchange Communication Symbols (PECS), and dynamic display devices (i.e.: Dynavox, iPad, etc.). Janelle believes in partnering with families and professionals in order to help clients achieve their maximum potential.

HOURS: Monday/ Wed/ Fri 4:00pm, Tues/Thurs 5:00pm.
LOCATION: Brooklyn: Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, Windsor Terrace, Prospect Heights. Other Brooklyn and Manhattan locations on a case-by-case basis
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, group (2-3 children), parent consultations, speech-language evaluations
EXPERTISE: Speech, language, pragmatics, phonological awareness/pre-literacy skills
AGES: Toddler through early adolescence
PAYMENT: Private Pay, Out-of-Network
CONTACT: janelle@brooklynletters.com

Julie Cohn, M.S. CCC-SLP New York State licensed Speech-Language Pathologist

unnamedJulie is a Manhattan-based speech-language pathologist, currently working in a nursing home and rehabilitation center, specializing in adult care. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from The American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and her New York State Speech-Language Pathology license. After completing her bachelor’s in Speech Pathology at New York University, Julie went on to obtain her master’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions (MGH IHP) in Boston, MA. Julie has experience working with adults across the continuum of care, from acute care to short-term rehab and long-term care. Being involved in patients’ care throughout their rehabilitation process has enabled Julie effectively tailor therapy to meet individual patient needs. Her experiences have allowed her to work with patients with a variety of complex medical diagnoses, including CVA (cerebral vascular accident) , TBI (traumatic brain injury), MS (multiple sclerosis), Parkinson’s, ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), Alzheimer’s, laryngeal cancer, muscular dystrophy, and other neurodegenerative diseases. Julie has experience in treating expressive/receptive language disorders (aphasias, reading/writing), motor speech disorders (apraxia, dysarthrias), voice, and cognitive-linguistic impairments (memory, problem solving, organization, attention-based disorders). In addition to working with individuals presenting with speech-language disorders and cognitive-linguistic impairments, Julie has extensive experience in the evaluation and treatment of dysphagia (difficulty swallowing). During her time working in a hospital setting, she developed proficiency in performing Modified Barium Swallow Studies (MBSS) and, currently, she performs Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluations of Swallowing (FEES) to assess the swallow functions of her patients. Her understanding of dysphagia allows her to generate treatment plans with progressive exercises in order to improve strength of swallow function and to safely advance diet levels. Julie has a special interest in working with individuals with tracheostomies, including working on voicing with speaking valves (PMV- passy-Muir valves) and swallowing. Julie believes that making therapy functional for each patient yields the best results and that having families involved in care helps ensure carryover of skills.

HOURS: Available after 6 PM on Monday-Thursday, occasionally weekends can be accommodated.
LOCATIONS: Manhattan– Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Midtown East
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy
EXPERTISE: aphasia, dysphagia, cognition
AGES: Adults
CONTACT: julie@brooklynletter.com

Kelly Desfosse, MS, CCC-SLP, TSHH,Speech-Language Pathologist

KellyKelly Desfosse is a Speech-Language Pathologist currently working for the NYC Department of Education in a District 15 elementary school. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCCs) from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), her New York State Speech-Language Pathology license and is certified as a Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped (TSHH). She received her B.A. and M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Brooklyn College. Kelly has worked with individuals with speech-language impairments from pre-school through high school. She continues to specialize in addressing language and articulation difficulties, phonological disorders, social/pragmatic deficits, auditory processing disorders, and phonemic awareness difficulties. She aligns therapy sessions with the New Common Core standards and focuses on carry-over of newly learned information to foster academic success. She is passionate about providing quality speech and language therapy through collaboration and creating individualized treatment plans.

HOURS: Weekdays after 3:30-4, weekends
LOCATION: Brooklyn: Dyker Heights, Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, Park Slope, Mill Basin, Marine Park, Bergen Beach, Sheepshead Bay, Gerritsen Beach. Staten Island.
TYPES OF SERVICE: Individual Therapy, group (2-3 children)
EXPERTISE: Speech-language delays, Language based disorders, phonological and articulation disorders, receptive, expressive and pragmatic delays
AGES: Toddler through adult
PAYMENT: Private pay, out of network
CONTACT: kellyd@brooklynletters.com

Mindie Lemelman, MA, CCC-SLP, TSSLD, Speech-Language Pathologist

mindieMindie is a New York State licensed speech language therapist. She received a full academic scholarship from the New York City Department of Education to continue her graduate studies and later earned a Master’s of Arts in Speech Language Pathology from Hofstra University. Mindie holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, and she is a certified as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD). Mindie received additional training in areas such as aiding students with learning disabilities, preparing for high-stakes exams, and collaborating with parents to improve student outcomes. Mindie has also attended numerous continuing education seminars on a variety of topics, including intervention for Central Auditory processing Disorder (CAPD), improving pragmatic/social language skills in children, and vocabulary strategies and interventions to improve reading fluency. Mindie is experienced working with children of all ages, and she is currently working for the New York City Department of Education. She evaluates and treats children and adolescents with language learning disabilities, such as reading and writing, and children on the autism spectrum. Mindie is passionate about understanding her client’s needs and creating individualized goals that allow for successful communication. She strongly believes in collaborating with parents and other professionals in order to help her client’s reach their full potential.

HOURS: Available weekdays after 4:00. Manhattan-Upper East Side, Murray Hill, Midtown East, Gramercy, Union Square.
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, group (2-3 children), speech-language evaluations, parent consultation, NY State Test prep
EXPERTISE: Language based disorders, autism spectrum disorders, literacy skills
AGES: Birth through high school
CONTACT: mindie@brooklynletters.com

Rebecca Klein, M.S. CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist

rebecca-kleinRebecca is a New York State licensed Speech Language Pathologist and a certified Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Rebecca earned her Masters of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology at Cincinnati University and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Excelsior College. She has been trained in Level 1 PROMPT (PROMPTs for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) and has experience with the Sounds in Motion approach to literacy.Rebecca utilizes both techniques to enhance traditional articulation therapeutic practices. Rebecca has had training and hands-on experience in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and the use of behavioral techniques to promote learning. Rebecca has been practicing speech language pathology for over 5 years specializing in children with autism. She has comprehensive expertise assessing and providing treatment for early childhood development/school-age language disorders in one to one and small group settings to children and early adolescents. Rebecca specializes in facilitating the development of expressive and receptive language, problem solving skills, reading comprehension skills , narrative skills, auditory processing skills, language processing skills, and pragmatic language use. Rebecca’s sessions reflect her commitment to providing clinical excellence in the areas of evaluative and therapeutic procedures. She tailors her teaching methods to each child’s unique needs and focuses sessions on creating a fun, motivating, engaging and challenging environment to realize the goal of advancing each child to reach his/her potential.

HOURS: Monday-Thursday 4:30-6:30.
LOCATION: Brooklyn: (Midwood, Park Slope, Kensington, Bensonhurst, Flatbush) Other Brooklyn locations on a case-by-case basis.
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, Speech/Language Evaluations, Parent Consultations.
EXPERTISE: Language based disorders, expressive/receptive language delays, reading comprehension, social-pragmatic language skills, auditory processing, executive functioning, and narrative skills.
AGES: Pre-K through early adolescence.
PAYMENT: Private Pay, Out-of-Network.
CONTACT: rebecca@brooklynletters.com

Marie Axen, MS CCC-SLP, TSSLD, Speech Language Pathologist

untitledMarie Axen is a New York State certified speech and language pathologist holding a TSSLD license. Marie received her BS from New York University and her MS from Northeastern University. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association. Marie is a tenured speech and language pathologist with the NYC Board of Education. She has worked for the past 4 years in an elementary and a middle school setting. She also has 6 years of experience working with adults.

Currently, Marie services students from pre-K to 8th grade. Her therapy targets expressive/receptive language delays, fluency, voice disorders, use of AAC devices, articulation disorders, phonological disorders, learning disabilities, apraxia, ADD/ADHD/executive functioning, pragmatic and social skills,  literacy, and reading and writing deficits. Marie has provided training to NYC DOE Speech and Language Pathologists in Recipe For Reading, a program for reading instruction for children with specific learning disabilities. She created and implemented a vocabulary initiative at her school and specializes in vocabulary development.

Marie also has 6 years of experience working with adult populations in various settings, such as hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and homecare. Her therapy involves dysphagia, aphasia, cognitive-communication deficits, traumatic brain injury, dysarthria, apraxia, and voice. She also performs evaluations and screenings. Marie is truly passionate about speech language therapy and approaches it with warmth and enthusiasm!

HOURS: Mondays & Tuesdays after 4:00pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays and Friday after 3:00pm
LOCATION: Manhattan: Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Midtown East, Union Square
TYPES OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, group therapy, speech-language evaluations, screenings, parent consultations/trainings
EXPERTISE: language and literacy, vocabulary, articulation and phonological disorders
AGES: Birth-Adults
PAYMENT: Private Pay, Out-of-Network
CONTACT: mariea@brooklynletters.com

Allison Prusiewicz, M.S. CCC-SLP, TSSLD, Speech Language Pathologist

allisonAllison is a New York State certified Speech-Language Pathologist currently working for the NYC Department of Education. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from The American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), her New York State Speech-Language Pathology license and is a Teacher of the Speech and Language Disabled (TSSLD.) She received her B.S. in Child Development from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, and her M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions (MGH IHP) in Boston, MA. She has worked in a variety of settings including general education, special education, and private practice. Allison has experience working with preschool through high school age students with a wide range of speech-language difficulties, including autism spectrum disorders, articulation/phonological delays, and receptive/expressive language delays and disorders. Furthermore, Allison has additional masters level literacy training. She adapts and modifies a reading curriculum to make it more appropriate for each student’s learning style, specifically through improving phonological and phonemic awareness (critical literacy component for teaching children how to effectively read), linking letter to sound awareness (developing phonics and spelling), teaching reading comprehension and organizational writing strategies, and strengthening the overall link between spoken and written language. Allison also has experience and training in developing augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems, including Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS) and speech generating devices (Dynavox, Vantage, Tobii) and applications (Proloquo2go, TouchChat, LAMP Words for life). In addition, Allison is a certified DIR/ Floortime provider. As a therapist, Allison creates fun, engaging, and effective activities carefully incorporating the interests of her clients as well as technology in order to develop language and literacy skills. Allison also emphasizes the importance of collaboration with parents and teachers when working with students.

HOURS: Available Monday (5:30pm), Wednesday and Thursday afternoons after 2:45pm.
LOCATIONS: Brooklyn – Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst; Manhattan- West Village, Lower East Side, Gramercy etc.
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, small group instruction, parent consultation
EXPERTISE: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Literacy disorders, Augmentative and Alternative Communication
AGES: Birth through middle school
CONTACT: allisonp@brooklynletters.com

Ilona Shpayzman, M.A., CCC-SLP, TSSLD Speech Language Pathologist

Ilona Shpayzman, a New York licensed speech-language pathologist, received her M.A. from Lehman College-City University of New York in Speech-Language Pathology (2008) and B.S. from the Brooklyn College in Speech-Language Pathology (2006). She is also fluent in Russian (speaking & understanding). She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competency (CCCs) from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and is certified as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disorders (TSSLD). In addition, she has completed Level I training in PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets). Ilona has over 8 years of experience working in a variety of settings such as interdisciplinary outpatient clinics, adult rehabilitation center and special education preschools. She treats children with autism spectrum disorder, language impairments, and cognitive impairments. Working in different settings has given her valuable experience with a wide variety of communication disorders. Ilona has extensive experience evaluating and treating expressive and receptive language disorders, auditory processing, articulation, phonological disorders, and social and pragmatic behaviors. In addition, Ilona designs a therapeutic plan specific to each individual client and his/her needs. She implements the necessary tools such as PECS system, technology, oral-motor tools to engage the client and facilitate progress. Ilona believes understanding and taking all the needs and overall function of the client in addition to family/parent support will facilitate the ultimate progress and long-term successful communication.

Hours: weekdays once to twice a week after 3 pm
Location: Brooklyn
Type of Services: : Individual therapy, group (2-3 children), parent consultations, speech-language evaluations.
Expertise: Speech and Language therapy based on individual client needs ranging from articulation, feeding, receptive and expressive language delays, oral-motor therapy, fluency disorders, autism-spectrum disorders, accent reduction, and parent consultation.
Ages: Toddlers through Adult
PAYMENT: Private Pay, Out-of-Network
CONTACT: ilona@brooklynletters.com

Andrea Levy, M.S., M.P.H., CCC/SP, Bilingual Speech Language Pathologist

alevySince 1999, has provided services to residents of the NY metro area and beyond, since 1999, when she graduated from Hunter College with an MS in Speech Pathology. Andrea holds a NY State license, Certificate of Clinical Competence from ASHA, and a bilingual extension (Spanish) to the teacher of speech and hearing handicapped (TSHH) certification. After years in acute rehabilitation, accent modification, home health, early intervention, and preschool programs, she completed her Master’s degree in Public Health, at NYU, broadening her perspective on communities and challenges they face relative to health and communication disorders. She spent two summers developing a pediatric speech and feeding program at a hospital in rural Ecuador, and providing services to profoundly delayed children and their families.

Andrea specializes in accent modification, bilingual language development and disorders, and neurogenic communication disorders. Andrea’s extensive experience enables her to provide therapy optimal for her clients by using a functional approach. Each client receives a program tailored especially for his or her daily needs, and she takes each individual’s environment into consideration. Her functional approach entails collaboration with family and other professionals at all times—a continuous collaboration. With her years in the field and in various areas, she is a highly valued resource for her clients.

HOURS: Early AM (T – Fri) or after 4 PM, (M-Th)
LOCATION : Brooklyn (11205, 11220, 11217, 11238, 11215). Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Park Slope, Sunset Park, Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, and Bed Stuy
SERVICES: Individual, small group
AGES: Toddler thru geriatric
PAYMENT : Private pay
EXPERTISE : Accent modification, bilingualism, Spanish/English speech / language delays, cognitive-communication disorders treatment.
CONTACT:andreal@brooklynletters.com

Michelle Lubetzki M.S. CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist

michelleAs a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist, Michelle has a variety of clinical experiences helping children and adolescents. Michelle received her undergraduate degree at the University of Delaware in cognitive science, and her graduate degree is in speech and language pathology from Hunter College. Her professional experiences include working at a preschool for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as working at a variety of sensory gyms in Manhattan. Michelle has worked with children, including those under three years of age, on the autism spectrum, children with apraxia, auditory processing delays, pragmatic language delays, and with receptive/expressive language delays. Michelle has experience working with adolescents in a high school setting facilitating writing and reading comprehension skills. In addition, Michelle is PROMPT trained and she currently specializes in helping preschool and school age children with articulation and phonological disorders, expressive and receptive language disorders, language processing disorders, and pragmatic difficulties.
HOURS: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm
LOCATION: Brooklyn: Brooklyn Heights Manhattan: Financial District, Tribeca, Chelsea, West Village, SoHo, Union Square
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, speech and language evaluations and therapy
EXPERTISE: Speech-language delays, articulation/phonology disorders, pre-literacy and literacy skills, receptive/expressive language disorders, auditory processing disorder, narratives skills, and social-pragmatic weaknesses
AGES: 2 years through 21 years
CONTACT: michelle_l@brooklynletters.com

Victoria Zeldin M.S. CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist

victoria-zeldin-copyVictoria is a New York State licensed speech-language pathologist and certified Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD). She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence in speech-language pathology (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Victoria earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in speech-language pathology from New York University. Victoria works full time in an integrated Manhattan preschool setting, treating preschoolers with speech/language delays and helping others with learning and developmental disabilities. After school hours, Victoria provides home-based services in the Manhattan area. Victoria has extensive experience working with the pediatric population in schools, sensory gyms, and in homes with children ages 3-10. She has worked with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, expressive language difficulties (writing, oral language), receptive (auditory and reading comprehension) language delays, phonology and articulation delays, auditory processing disorder, and pragmatic/social deficits. She values the importance of communication with parents/teachers etc. in order to effectively carry over therapeutic strategies in the home environment.

HOURS: Available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday after 3pm
LOCATION: Manhattan area
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual and group therapy, speech-language evaluations, parent consultation
EXPERTISE: Expressive/Receptive Language Delays, Phonology/Articulation Development, Pragmatic/Social Skills, Fluency
AGES: Ages 4 through adults
PAYMENT: Private Pay, Out-of-Network
CONTACT: victoria@brooklynletters.com

Allison Weiss, M.S. CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist

photoAllison is a NYS licensed speech-language pathologist and Certified Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped (TSHH).  She earned her B.A. and M.S. in Speech Language Pathology from The State University of New York College at Fredonia. Allison holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She has 8 years teaching/therapeutic experience in school and naturalistic settings, as well as 6 years of supervisory experience.  Allison has gained this experience through her positions in various agencies providing Early Intervention services, as well as in a variety of special education preschool programs including the Rainbow School for Child Development, Milestone School for Child Development, and in her current position with AHRC New York City, as the Clinical Supervisor of Speech Services, working with students ages 3-21, supervising clinicians, and training staff and families on a range of communication topics.  She is highly skilled at working with a variety of language, and articulation delays, phonological disorders, social/pragmatic deficits, auditory processing disorders, fluency, and oral-motor difficulties.   Over her years as a clinician and supervisor, she developed a passion for working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and providing them with the language, social skills, and supports necessary to become independent adults.  This has led her to become passionate about the funding, programming, and implementation of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems, such as the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), in which she has been formally trained, static and dynamic display devices (i.e., Tech Speak, Dynavox, Saltillo, iPad) and American Sign Language (ASL).  She is also a Certified Sequential Oral Sensory Feeding provider and has developed a love for treating feeding disorders, through this methodology.  Allison prides herself on her ability to effectively collaborate with families, teachers, and other professionals in related fields to encourage effective communication across all environments.  She believes that a combination of evidence-based practice, parent/caregiver involvement, and fun is the key to communication success.

HOURS: Weekdays after 3:30 pm, Saturdays.
LOCATION: Long Island Centereach, Farmingville, Selden, Smithtown, Hauppague, Sayville, West Sayville, Bluepoint, Bayport, Oakdale, Bohemia, Patchogue, Medford, Port Jefferson, Port Jefferson Station, Nesconset, Setauket, South Setauket, St. James, East Islip
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual and group (2-3 children) speech therapy, speech-language evaluations, consultations.
AGES: toddler-elementary school
PAYMENT: Private Pay, Out-Of-Network
CONTACT: allison@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: Brooklyn: 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

Lena Poulos, M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist

480115_862877669378_14903467751_nLena is a licensed Speech Language Pathologist, holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCCs) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and is a certified Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities. She currently holds a position in a District 75 school in Park Slope. She earned her masters in Speech Language Pathology at Long Island University. Lena is experienced working with children in Early Intervention to high school. She worked with various speech and language delays and disorders, including articulation and phonology delays/disorders, auditory processing disorder, literacy difficulties (phonics, comprehension, writing), social difficulties, and autism spectrum disorders. She is also trained and has experience with augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems, including picture exchange communication and speech-generating devices. Lena creates fun, enjoyable activities for all her clients, and she ties her clients’ interests into various activities. Excellent parent relationships and team collaboration are important for carry over and progress when working on speech and language goals.

HOURS: Available Tuesday-Thursday after 3:30pm
LOCATION: Brooklyn– Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Carroll Gardens, Bay ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst
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: lena@brooklynletters.com

Natalia Rowe, M.S., CCC-SLP, TSSLD, Feeding Specialist, Bilingually Certified (Russian) Speech-Language Pathologist

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Natalia’s professional journey started more than 15 years ago in Russia where she received a dual degree in speech pathology and special education, as well as an extensive training in child psychology and brain anatomy/physiology.
Natalia continued her education in the United States and earned her Master of Science degree from Columbia University. She trained and continued to work with two renowned board certified specialists in pediatric dysphagia – Dr. Justine Joan Sheppard and Genie Rogers. Natalia received experience in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at SUNY Downstate Hospital in Brooklyn, NY, and worked in NYS Early Intervention since 2008. Natalia presented at the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) convention discussing her trip to La Paz, Bolivia, where she volunteered at a local hospital and worked on developing an aural habilitation program at Camino de Sordos – a school for the hard-of-hearing. In 2014, Natalia was invited to present pediatric dysphagia at the 1st dysphagia convention in Moscow, Russia. In 2015, Natalia returned to her alma mater, Columbia University, to teach as a bilingual diagnostics supervisor at the Edward D. Mysak Clinic for Communication Disorders.

Currently, Natalia provides in-service training for therapists and ABA teachers at Yeled V’Yalda and works privately with infants and young children with speech-language and feeding/swallowing disorders. Her clients range from typically developing children to children with multiple disabilities and congenital/developmental conditions, such as autism, learning disability, cerebral palsy, congenital myopathy, tracheostomy, Dawn syndrome, Williams syndrome, etc. Natalia takes special interest in dysphagia and motor speech disorders. She is known in the community for her high success rates with nonverbal and minimally verbal children with autism and CAS (Childhood Apraxia of Speech) with a history of persistent lack of progress in treatment. Natalia uses a combination of methods she learned in both countries, including PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral-Muscular Phonetic Targets), to help her clients say their first sounds and words. In feeding therapy, Natalia addresses behavioral, motor and sensory aspects by using behavior modification strategies, motor learning techniques, and the Sequential-Oral-Sensory (SOS) approach.

HOURS: Monday and Thursday mornings, weekends
LOCATION: Brooklyn and Manhattan on a case-by-case basis
EXPERTISE: Feeding and swallowing disorders, speech-language delays, motor speech disorders, autism spectrum disorders
AGES: Birth through elementary school
PAYMENT: Private Pay, Out-of-Network
CONTACT: natalia@brooklynletters.com

Paige Berkovitz, M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist

paigePaige is a New York State licensed Speech and Language Pathologist who is a certified Teacher of Children with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD). Additionally, she has a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). Paige attended Columbia University’s Teachers College where she obtained her Master of Science in Speech and Language Pathology.
Paige has provided speech and language services within a variety of clinical settings. She has worked with pre-school to school age children at SUNY Downstate’s Infant and Child Learning Center and the Edward D. Mysak Clinic for Communication Disorders at Columbia University. Paige also worked with developmentally delayed adults at The Shield Institute in Bayside, Queens. She received further experience working with EBS Therapy at the Ryken Program at Xavarian High School in Bayridge Brooklyn, where she provided services to male adolescents with learning disabilities.
Paige currently works at the New York Center for Infants and Toddlers in East Harlem, where she provides Early Intervention (EI) and Committees on Pre-School Special Education (CPSE) services. Her caseload consists of children with autism, specific language impairments, apraxia, feeding difficulties (including dysphagia and picky eating), selective mutism, and other developmental delays and disabilities. Paige has developed expertise collaborating within multidisciplinary teams (Occupational Therapists, ABA Therapists, Developmental Psychologists, and Physical Therapists). Additionally, she is an active member of the quality assurance team, ensuring the quality of paperwork of other SLPs according to New York State standards.
Paige ensures evidence based practice when treating all of her clients. She individualizes therapy to address the unique presentation of each child that she works with. She values collaborating with families, providing successful speech and language strategies so that children are better able to communicate with their parents, siblings, and peers.

HOURS: Available Monday – Friday after 6:00 pm and Saturdays
LOCATION: Brooklyn – Park Slope, South Slope, Carrol Gardens, Cobble Hill, Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn Heights, Clinton Hill, Fort Green, Boerum Hill, Flatbush, Crown Heights, and Gowanus. Other Brooklyn and Manhattan locations on a case-by-case basis.
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, group (2-3 children), parent consultations
EXPERTISE: Late talkers, Prelinguistic Development, Receptive Language, Expressive Language, Articulation, Pragmatics, Phonological Awareness, Fluency, Mutism
AGES: Toddler through early adolescence
PAYMENT: Private Pay, Out-of-Network.
CONTACT: paige@brooklynletters.com

Jessica Bienstock, M.S. CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist

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Jessica is a New York State licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and certified Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD). She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Jessica completed her M.S. degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Hunter College. She received her B.A. degree, summa cum laude, in Speech and Hearing Sciences from The George Washington University. Jessica has worked in a variety of settings including home-based, elementary schools, and private practice clinics. She specializes in preschool and school age children with expressive and receptive language disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, auditory processing disorders, and language based learning disabilities (i.e., reading, writing). Jessica believes learning should be a fun and happy experience where a child grows best in a supportive environment. She uses children’s individual interests to motivate and create a tailored treatment plan. Nothing is more rewarding than helping children improve their ability to communicate and express themselves, self-advocate, and grow intellectually and emotionally.

HOURS: Weekdays after 3:30pm and occasional weekends can be accommodated
LOCATION: Brooklyn: Williamsburg, Greenpoint Manhattan: Union Square, Chelsea, Upper West Side, Upper East Side, Soho, West Village
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, Speech/Language Evaluations, Parent Consultations
EXPERTISE: Language based disorders, articulation/phonological disorders, literacy (phonological awareness, comprehension, phonics)
AGES: Preschool, School Age
CONTACT: jessicab@brooklynletters.com

Romina Shamshiri, M.A., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist

unnamedRomina Shamshiri, a New York licensed speech-language pathologist, received her M.A. from New York University in Speech-Language Pathology (2008) and B.S. from the University of Texas at Dallas in Speech-Language Pathology (2005). She is also fluent in Farsi (speaking & understanding). She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competency (CCCs) from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and is certified as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disorders (TSSLD). In addition, she has completed Level II training in PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets). Romina has over 7 years of experience working in a Brooklyn special education preschool, and serves as the supervisor for the speech therapy department. She treats children with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, language impairments, and cognitive impairments, in addition to supervising new speech language therapists during their clinical fellowship year. During her after-school hours, she works with children from ages 2-21 in sensory gyms, clinics, and home-based settings.  Working in a multitude of settings has given her valuable experience with a wide variety of communication disorders, language delays and articulation disorders to non-verbal children with autism. Romina has extensive experience evaluating and treating expressive and receptive language disorders, auditory processing, articulation and phonological disorders, and social and pragmatic behaviors. In addition, Romina works with school-age children to strengthen pre-literacy skills, writing skills, reading comprehension, and executive functioning skills to facilitate their academic success.  Romina believes in treating the child and not the label. She implements therapy plans to improve areas of weakness, while encouraging areas of strength to build a child’s confidence and motivation. She aims to create functional and engaging therapy sessions geared uniquely to each client’s specific skills, goals, age, and interests, and utilizes the appropriate tools to facilitate communication, such as modified ASL, PECS, and technology. Romina  believes in incorporating families in the therapeutic journey and giving them the tools and knowledge to become active participants in their child’s progress.
HOURS: Monday-Friday after 3pm
LOCATION: Brooklyn (Park Slope, Ft. Greene, Clinton Hill, Williamsburg, Greenpoint); Manhattan (Columbus Circle, Midtown, Union Square, Upper West Side)
TYPES OF SERVICE: Individual speech therapy; speech and language evaluations; parent consultations
AREAS OF EXPERTISE: Articulation and phonological disorders, receptive and expressive language delays, auditory processing, pragmatics/social skills, and pre-literacy/literacy skills.
AGES: 2-Adult
CONTACT: romina@brooklynletters.com

Yelena Tsypina, M.A., CCC-SLP, TSSLD Bilingual Speech and Language Pathologist (Russian)

YelenaYelena is a bilingual, NYS licensed speech and language pathologist working in a nonprofit school for children with special needs. She earned her dual B.A. in Psychology and Speech Language Pathology from Brooklyn College and her M.A. in Speech Language Pathology from Hofstra University. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCCs) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), her New York State Speech-Language Pathology license and is certified as a bilingual Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD). Additionally, she has completed level II training in PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets). Yelena has extensive experience working with clients from infancy to adolescence with a variety of speech and language disorders from late talkers and articulation difficulties to autistic spectrum disorder and emotional disturbances. When it comes to literacy, Yelena teaches letter knowledge, vocabulary development, phonological awareness, narrative development, reading comprehension, and expressive writing because she understands that strong literacy skills are key to future academic success. She found her passion for working with children on the autistic spectrum after completing her clinical fellowship at McCarton Center for Developmental Pediatrics. There she learned that by collaborating with parents, teachers, and other therapists maximum therapeutic success can be achieved. When working with her clients, Yelena takes a holistic, whole child approach paying specific attention to his/her social emotional development. She believes that every child is unique and therapy must be geared towards each child’s individual learning style.

HOURS: Available Monday-Thursday after 3 pm
LOCATIONS: Brooklyn: Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn, Boerum Hill, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Gowanus, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Kensington, Sheepshead Bay
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual Therapy, Group Therapy (2-3 children), Parent Consultations, Speech/ Language Evaluations
EXPERTISE: Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Phonological and Articulation disorders, Apraxia, Receptive/Expressive Language Delays, Literacy skills, Auditory Processing Disorder, and Pragmatic/Social Skill Difficulty
AGES: Birth – Adolescence
PAYMENT: Private Pay, Out-Of-Network
CONTACT: yelena@brooklynletters.com

Kristen Hammel, M.S., CCC-SLP, TSSLD, Speech Language Pathologist

kristenKristen is a New York and New Jersey State licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, who holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. She is certified as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD). Kristen completed her Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at Seton Hall University, and she received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders at SUNY New Paltz. Kristen is experienced in assessing and working with pre-school and school-aged children in the areas of phonological and phonemic awareness (decoding and sounding out words), articulation (producing and improving speech sounds), receptive/expressive language delays (difficulty understanding information/processing questions etc or improving one’s ability to express themselves, e.g. vocabulary & grammar etc.), pragmatic/social communication disorders and literacy. She is PROMPT (tactile cueing for speech sound disorders) and Orton-Gillingham (OG) trained. OG is a multi-sensory approach used primarily for children exhibiting difficulties acquiring literacy, e.g. areas such as reading (decoding), spelling (encoding) and writing. Kristen also has experience working with toddlers and children who have been diagnosed with autism, cognitive delays, Down Syndrome, apraxia, as well as toddlers who have limited communication skills, and late talkers. By using a multi-sensory approaches such as visual, verbal, and tactile prompts when working with her students, Kristen helps facilitate progress with the children she services. She also has experience in treating adults with strokes, brain injuries, apraxia, Parkinson’s Disease and other motor speech disorders, aphasia and Alzheimer’s. All sessions are custom tailored for each individual’s specific needs, strengths, and interests. Her work enthusiasm, dedication, and love for speech language therapy helps motivate all involved with whom she works with.
HOURS: weekdays after 3/3:30pm
LOCATION: Staten Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan (lower), New Jersey: Clark, Cranford, Westfield, Rahway, Union
SERVICES: Individual therapy, group therapy, parent consultations
EXPERTISE: Articulation, language (receptive/expressive), phonological awareness, literacy
AGES: birth- adults
CONTACT:kristenh@brooklynletters.com

Jane Clapp, M.A., CCC-SLP, TSHH, Speech Language Therapist

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Jane is a New York State licensed speech language pathologist, a certified Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped (TSHH), and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence form the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). Jane has provided speech and language services in New York City for over 14 years, including over 7 years of clinical supervision to new and experienced speech-language pathologists as well as to graduate students.  She has evaluated and worked with a wide variety of clients, from toddlers to adults with issues such as receptive/expressive language delays, articulation/speech sound impairments, autism spectrum, stuttering, and accent modification.

For the last ten years, Jane has specialized in evaluating and treating preschoolers, using a variety of tried-and-true approaches that are tailored to each child to maximize their success and motivation in therapy.  She believes that the most effective therapy is engaging and fun, and is achieved through genuine connection with her clients, combined with support and collaboration with families and teachers. Passionate about early literacy and literature-based language intervention, Jane aims to provide services that are sensitive to her clients’ cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

HOURS: Weekdays
LOCATION:Jane has an office in Prospect Heights and also travels to Fort Greene, Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, Clinton Hill, and Bed-Stuy. Other Brooklyn and Manhattan locations on a case-by-case basis.  Sessions can be provided in the home or at school.
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, speech/language/stuttering evaluations, parent consultations
EXPERTISE:speech delays, receptive language (comprehension) delays, expressive language delays, phonological awareness/early literacy
AGES: preschool and elementary school
PAYMENT: Private Pay, Out-of-Network
CONTACT: jane@brooklynletters.com

Robyn Pamela Uslip, M.A. CCC-SLP, TSHH

uslipRobyn is a licensed Speech Language Pathologist and a Certified Teacher of Speech and Hearing Handicapped (TSHH). She has 18 years of experience working with newborns, toddlers and children through age 7. Robyn earned her Master of Arts degree in Speech Language Pathology from New York University, and her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from Ithaca College. She is licensed in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and California, and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

She specializes in oral motor therapy and targeted feeding therapy with medically fragile infants transitioning from tube feedings. She is experienced with a wide variety of congenital syndromes including: Beckwith-Weidemann Syndrome, Sanfillippo Syndrome Type C, Nemaline Myopathy-ACTAI related, Optic Pathway Glyoma, Hypoxic Ischemic Encepalopathy, Leukemia, Downs Syndrome and FTT (failure to thrive). Robyn employs a variety of sensory integration strategies and oral muscle strengthening techniques to develop oral motor strength and function.

Robyn has worked in a variety of Early Intervention and Preschool centers as both an evaluator and a therapist. She is experienced working with receptive/expressive language delays, articulation delays, phonological disorders and oral motor deficits. Robyn is skilled in the use of assistive technology to develop communicative strategies for children presenting with motoric limitations and PDD, including the Picture Exchange Communication Symbols (PECS) and dynamic display devices. She creatively explores a child’s specific needs and interests and incorporates them into theme-based play to create a safe, fun and nurturing environment to facilitate language development.

HOURS: Brooklyn: Monday 2:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M., Tuesday/Wed./Thurs./ 11:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M., Friday 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
Manhattan: Monday 8:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M., Friday 8:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

LOCATION: Brooklyn: Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, Gowanus, Windsor Terrace. Manhattan: North/South Battery Park City, TriBeCa, Financial District,Soho.
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, parent consultations
EXPERTISE: Feeding Therapy, Oral Motor Deficits, Language Based Disorders, Articulation/Phonological Disorders.
AGES: Newborn through 7
PAYMENT: Private Pay, Out-of-Network.
CONTACT: robyn@brooklynletters.com

Amanda Ball, M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist

Amanda Ball picA licensed and certified speech-language pathologist, Amanda has a variety of clinical experience helping children and adults. Amanda received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in speech and language pathology from Oklahoma State University. Her professional experiences include working with outpatient children at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, providing speech language therapy to children at a sensory gym in Manhattan as well as a private practice in Connecticut, and traveling to families’ apartments in NYC helping toddlers, preschoolers, and school age children with speech language difficulties. Amanda specializes in preschool and school age children with articulation and phonological disorders, expressive and receptive language disorders, language processing disorders, and pragmatic difficulties. Additionally, she has clinical experience treating children in the areas of delayed speech/language skills, narrative difficulties, stuttering, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, and Autism Spectrum Disorder, and she draws from her language therapy expertise to help adults in need of improving their communication skills.

HOURS: Monday-Thursday 8-5pm, Friday mornings
LOCATION: Brooklyn: Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace. Queens: Sunnyside, Long Island City, Astoria, Woodside. Manhattan: Midtown, Chelsea, West Village, SoHo, Upper East Side, Yorkville
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, speech and language evaluations and therapy, fluency evaluations and therapy
EXPERTISE: Speech-language delays, articulation/phonology disorders, pre-literacy and literacy skills, receptive/expressive language disorders, auditory processing disorder, narratives skills, and social-pragmatic weaknesses
AGES: 2 years through adult
CONTACT:amanda@brooklynletters.com

 

Ashley D. Adams, M.S. CCC-SLP, TSSLD, Speech-Language Pathologist

Ashley works for the New York City Department of Education in a middle school in Springfield Gardens, Queens. She is New York State licensed and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certified as a Speech-Language Pathologist. Having primarily worked with students with special needs on Long Island, in Brooklyn and in Queens she is certified as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD). Ashley earned her B.S. from New York University in Speech/Language Pathology and Audiology and her M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Adelphi University. Ashley has worked with individuals with speech-language impairments from pre-school up through adulthood. Her evaluations and therapy have focused on aiding children with Autism and learning disabilities, language delays, literacy issues (including phonemic awareness, comprehension, and writing), articulation and phonological impairments, auditory processing, social and interactive skills and narrative skills. Ashley is also very experienced with the use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems including the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and high-tech speech-generating devices. Ashley is committed to creating a naturalistic and supportive learning environment to help children foster communication skills. She greatly enjoys working with children and is excited to work closely with your family!

HOURS: Available weekdays after 3:30pm
LOCATION: Queens: Springfield Gardens, Laurelton, Bellerose and Hollis
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: ashley@brooklynletters.com

We wish the former Director of our speech language services, Sarah Stuntebeck, the best of luck in Wisconsin. We will miss you!

Sarah Stuntebeck, M.S. CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist

Sarah received her Bachelors and Masters of Science in Communicative Disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has been a practicing speech-language pathologist for nearly a decade and has been fortunate to work in a variety of clinical settings, including hospitals, private practice clinics, and elementary and high schools. Sarah also enjoys providing home and community-based services to children of all ages. Formerly the Clinical Director at a pediatric private practice clinic, she has worked collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary team of therapists, parents, families, and other professionals in order to design treatment program that best meet the needs and maximize potential of each child. Sarah has specific training and expertise in the areas of articulation and phonological development, tongue thrust, speech and resonance disorders due to cleft lip, palate, and other craniofacial anomalies, fluency disorders, later language development, pragmatic/social skills, and early speech-language development. She also helps students with speech-language and learning disabilities successfully prepare for the transition from high school to college and career. Sarah works with children of all ages and abilities and has specific training and expertise in the areas of articulation and phonological development, tongue thrust, speech and resonance disorders due to cleft lip, palate, and other craniofacial anomalies, fluency disorders, later language development, pragmatic/social skills, and early speech-language development. She is also passionate about helping students with speech-language and learning disabilities successfully prepare for the transition from high school to college and career. Her approach to intervention involves functionally relevant therapy objectives, maximizing multi-modality communication, and linking language and literacy development. She combines her theoretical knowledge of speech-language, neurological, and child development with innovative evidence-based practices to develop truly individualized speech-language therapy programs. Sarah is committed to creating a supportive, safe, and fun learning environment where each child experiences success and develops the confidence they need to be effective communicators.

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FORMER BROOKLYN LETTERS’ SPEECH LANGUAGE THERAPISTS

Katie, CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist

DSC_0730Katie Stafford has been a pediatric speech language pathologist for over 6 years. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCCs) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and her
New York State Speech-Language Pathology license. She received her B.E. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Georgia and her M.S. in Speech Language Pathology at the Medical University of South Carolina. She has worked in multiple settings including public and private schools, preschools, and clinics. Katie has provided therapy to children birth to 18 years, with extensive knowledge in a variety of skills including feeding, articulation, childhood apraxia of speech, phonology, fluency, social language, auditory processing, expressive language, receptive language, and early language development. She is experienced to work with school age children with language based learning difficulties. Katie actively pursues continuing education courses to further develop her skills in pediatric speech, language, and feeding disorders. Among other trainings, Katie has completed certification of the Hanen workshop “It
Takes Two to Talk” and is trained in the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol. Katie believes providing quality therapy involves compassion, patience, evidence based practice, parent support, and having fun! Katie is passionate about helping children communicate to the best of their abilities.

Caroline, M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist

Caroline is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and Certified Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD). She earned her B.A. and M.S. in Communication Science and Disorders from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. Caroline holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She has been practicing speech and language pathology for seven years, which has included positions at YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities, The League School and Day Treatment Center, and BIRCH Family Services. She currently holds a tenured position with the New York City Department of Education, in a District 22 elementary school. She is highly skilled at addressing speech and language difficulties as they directly relate to classroom performance, NYS learning standards and curriculum. She has experience working with students from preschool through high school to address concerns related to learning disabilities, expressive and receptive language delays/difficulties, stuttering, articulation and phonological disorders, pre-literacy skills, and social/pragmatic difficulties associated with autism spectrum disorders. She provides themed-based, interactive sessions, while addressing goals. Caroline believes in a strong collaboration to ensure carryover of the skills and strategies learned in therapy.

Jennifer, M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist

IMG_0207Jennifer is a New York State, Massachusetts State and an American Speech-Language Hearing Association licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. Born and raised in Massachusetts, she attended the University of Massachusetts-Amherst earning a B.S. in Communication Disorders graduating Cum Laude. She received her M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from New York University. After graduating, Jennifer received her Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) and began working for the NYC Board of Education providing services for school aged children within the general and special education programs. The children demonstrated with a variety of expressive language delays, receptive language delays, auditory processing, selective mutism, pragmatic language delays, articulation and phonological impairment, hearing impairment, phonemic awareness and fluency disorders. She aligns her therapy sessions with the new Common Core standards and provides test preparation for the New York City exams. She is certified in reading programs such as Sounds In Motion and Reading with TLC “Lively Letters”. Growing up with a sibling with autism inspired her work with young children. She worked in EI for years with children ranging from 12 months-3 years and then decided to work privately with all ages. Throughout these years she worked with children with a wide variety of language delays, apraxia, ADHD, autism, cochlear implants, stuttering, articulation, Fragile X, dyslexia, and higher language skills difficultuies (inferencing, comprehension, etc). She worked for BOCES on Long Island for a few summers in a collaborative pre-school classroom for children with autism providing ABA speech therapy. She is also trained in floor time and PECS. She provides a nurturing environment where she helps build childrens’ self-confidence to help them succeed within the therapeutic and “real life” environments. She collaborates with the families extensively and provides them with home exercises to carry-over treatment.

Laurie, MA, CCC-SLP, TSSLD, Speech-Language Pathologist

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Laurie has a bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from St. John’s University and a master’s in Speech-Language Pathology from Hofstra University. She holds a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities certification, as well as both state and national certification as a speech-language pathologist. For four years, Laurie worked at a private practice serving children between the ages of 2-19 with articulation disorders; phonological disorders; expressive and receptive language disorders; processing disorders; executive function disorder; and ADHD. Laurie currently works with students at a private Brooklyn high school, where she helps students improve their written language, reading comprehension, and executive functions skills, particularly in the areas of written and spoken language organization, vocabulary, sentence structure, grammar, and inferencing skills. Laurie believes in taking a team approach to helping students with learning differences, and she works collaboratively with parents, teachers, students, and other professionals. She is PROMPT trained.

 

Patti, M.S., CCC-SLP, TSHH, Speech Language Pathologist

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPatti has more than eighteen years of experience as a licensed speech-language pathologist providing evaluations and treatment for children and adults in educational, outpatient, rehabilitation and home-care settings. She earned her B.A. and M.S. degrees in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from Brooklyn College. Patti holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She is also certified in the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) program for patients with Parkinson’s disease, Lessac-Madsen Resonant Voice Therapy for Children and Adults (LMRVT), and is trained in Orton–Gillingham approaches to reading disabilities, for which she is currently pursuing certification by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE). She has also been trained in PROMPT. Patti has treated kindergarten through middle school clients in the NYC Department of Education, and adults and children through the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. In addition, Patti has worked in Early Intervention home care, and private practice. She has provided clinical supervision and education in both administrative and academic settings and has taught on the undergraduate and graduate levels at Brooklyn, St. Joseph’s and Touro Colleges. She currently holds a tenured position with the New York City Department of Education, in a District 20 middle school. She is highly skilled at addressing speech and language difficulties as they directly relate to the Core Curriculum State Standards (CCSS). She has experience working with children from birth through high school to address concerns related to speech and language development, learning disabilities, articulation and phonological disorders and voice. She is also skilled in working with adults with acquired speech and language disorders due to stroke and neurological disorders, such as aphasia and Parkinson’s disease. Patti’s expertise also includes evaluating and treating voice disorders, and modifying accents for people who speak English as a second language.

 

 

Suzanne, M.S., CCC-SLP, Bilingual Speech Language Pathologist

Suzanne is a licensed bilingual speech-language pathologist. She earned her Master’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and her Bilingual Extension Certification at Columbia University. She was there awarded several scholarships, grants and fellowships. In addition to working with individuals in a therapeutic setting, Suzanne is also an adjunct clinical supervisor in the Speech-Language Pathology Department at Columbia University. There she supervises graduate-level Master’s students in their diagnostic practicum, where student clinicians learn to evaluate and form treatment plans for children and adults with suspected speech and language issues. She also currently practices at the New York League for Early Learning-YAI/ LifeStart program, as a bilingual speech-language evaluator. Suzanne was formerly a member of the multi-disciplinary team at the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center, at the Rose F. Kennedy Center.

Suzanne is a native Spanish and English speaker, and has extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of bilingual/bicultural children, as well as monolingual children. She also speaks French with intermediate-level fluency. Suzanne has a special interest in early language development, including expertise in working with “late-talkers” and toddlers who need support in developing their vocabulary, as well as their understanding and use of language. Close collaboration with family and caregivers is deeply valued. This ensures carry-over of strategies at home and helps to build a powerful “team” that will support the child in his or her development. Suzanne also has expertise in treating preschool through early school-aged children with articulation and phonological disorders, the development of syntax, vocabulary, narrative skills (the heart of communication!), social/pragmatic language, verbal reasoning abilities, and issues related to autistic spectrum disorders. Sessions often surround a theme, and involve creative literature-based activities, cooking, art, dramatic-play and science experiments! All geared towards capturing a child’s imagination while having fun and developing communicative abilities. Suzanne strongly adheres to evidenced-based treatments, and enjoys partnering with families in a warm and engaging atmosphere.

Liz, M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist

Liz is a licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist with her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) and NY State license. She is also a certified Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD). Liz earned her B.A. from The College of New Jersey in Sociology and Communication Disorders. After graduating, she moved to Boston where she received her M.S. from Emerson College in Communication Sciences and Disorders. While in graduate school, Liz was fortunate to work in a wide variety of settings including an elementary school, an outpatient clinic, the Aphasia Research Center at the VA Hospital, and an adult rehab facility. After graduating, Liz stayed in Boston and worked in a middle school just outside Cambridge, MA. She assessed and treated students in grades 5 through 8 with language and learning disabilities, fluency disorders, articulation impairments, and developmental disabilities such as autism spectrum disorders, Fragile X, and hearing loss. She also ran social pragmatics groups, wrote and developed Individualized Education Plans, and collaborated with school staff and families. Liz moved to Brooklyn in September of 2011. She has since worked in public and private schools, a clinic, and has made home visits with children and adolescents ranging from preschool age to the high school level. Liz most enjoys getting to know the individual child and family and tailoring her therapy to best fit their needs. She also strongly believes in incorporating classroom performance and curriculum-based materials to assist in motivation and generalization of skills.

Kristen, MS, CCC-SLP, TSSLD Speech Language Pathologist

Kristen is a licensed Speech Language Pathologist and a certified Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities. She earned her Masters of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from Southern Connecticut State University, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from James Madison University. Kristen holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and trained in treating delays & disorders in eating skills and behaviors. Kristen has been practicing speech-language pathology for nearly five years, and she has training in the areas of articulation and phonological development, fluency disorders, pragmatic/social skills, and early speech-language development. She has special interests in early intervention, expressive and receptive delays & disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and feeding/swallowing difficulties. She has worked in all types of environments from early intervention, preschool, elementary school and middle school. Kristen’s approach to intervention involves functionally relevant therapy objectives, maximizing multi-modality communication, and linking language and literacy development. She is committed to creating a supportive, safe, and fun learning environment where each child experiences success and develops the confidence they need to be effective communicators. Recently, Kristen worked at the Association for Metro Area Autistic Children (AMAC), a private school for students from preschool to high school, providing speech and language therapy during the summer program.

Kristi, M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist

Kristi Lalor is a licensed speech-language pathologist who provides assessment and treatment services of children from birth through preadolescence who exhibit various forms of communication disorders. he received her Bachelors of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Syracuse University. She then earned her Masters of Art in Speech-Language Pathology from Hofstra University. Kristi holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and is certified as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities. Additionally, Kristi has pursued post-graduate training in the areas of pervasive developmental disorder/autism spectrum disorder and PROMPT®. Kristi provides both assessments and treatment for children with pervasive developmental and autism spectrum disorders, as well as children exhibiting developmental delays, sensory integration disorder, feeding difficulties, and other various communication disorders (i.e., expressive and receptive language delay, pragmatic language delay, and speech/phonological delays) within both school and home environments. Kristi successfully works as part of an interdisciplinary team, developing and building functional communication skills in children by integrating her work with parents and related professionals to provide maximal opportunities for practice and generalization of newly learned skills. Kristi provides assessment and treatment for the following population: birth through pre-adolescense. She develops individualized, multisensory treatment approaches to facilitate improved functional communication skills. In addition, Kristi utilizes a language-based approach to decrease sensory aversion of various foods following a systematic hierarchy of introduction for toddlers and children with sensory integration disorder or those characterized as “picky eaters.” Kristi views and includes families as team members in helping to best support a child’s development.
LOCATION: Queens: Jamaica Estates, Hollis Hills, Fresh Meadows, Kew Gardens, Forest Hills, Bellerose, Valley Stream

Muriel, M.Ed., SLP, Speech Language Pathologist

PA210085Muriel Watt has nearly 35 years of experience as a certified speech language pathologist, providing speech language therapy and diagnostic services in a variety of school and clinical settings. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and M.Ed. in Speech Pathology from Boston University. Muriel was a consulting speech pathologist in the CORE program at The Rivendell Preschool in Park Slope for 10 years. As part of the CORE team, Muriel provided intensive speech and language therapy in a one-on-one therapeutic setting, as well as an in-class inclusionary model for children on the autism spectrum not yet ready for a preschool classroom environment. She also provided therapeutic services for other children with language and speech delays. At the Infant Child Learning Center at Downstate Hospital, Muriel provided speech-language therapeutic services for early intervention and CPSE populations. She also worked for 11 years in Millburn Township schools providing speech-language diagnostic and therapeutic services for speech-language impaired preschool through middle school aged children. While there, she was part of the Child Study Team, working to develop and implement individualized education plans. Her caseload included children with speech and language delays, auditory processing disorders, fluency and voice disorders. Therapeutic interventions have also included feeding and oral motor sensory and strengthening activities.Muriel’s expertise in her field is reflected in her varied and eclectic approach to children with speech and language delays as well as her allowance for flexibility in adapting treatment to the individual needs and personality of each child. She is adept at working with parents and schools to facilitate the growth of a child’s strengths, while nurturing confidence and joy in communication. The mother of two grown sons and a recent grandmother, Muriel’s enthusiasm for her work inspires her to help young children become who they are meant to be.

Julia (Jules), M.S., CCC-SLP, TSSLD, Speech Language Pathologist

Jules is a speech-language pathologist, who earned her Master’s from Teachers College, Columbia University, where she learned the value of evidence-based practice and the best ways of working with individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Her extensive research background has supplied her with the theoretical grounding for providing research-validated therapy; she has conducted research on bilingualism, infant linguistic and social development, aphasia, cultural bias in language testing, and dyslexia. Her professional experiences include working in New York City public and private schools and clinics, where she has worked with preschoolers to adults with autism spectrum disorders, language processing issues, hearing impairments, multiple disabilities, and acquired disorders. Jules focuses on functional, hands-on activities, and loves creating activities that incorporates children’s interests, such as crafts, music, or sports. She also enjoys using technology to maximize student progress. Jules values parent and related professional collaboration above all since that gives each child a whole team of support to aid their communication!

One of Jules’s passions is working with individuals who require augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). She has enhanced student communication using dynamic devices (e.g. Dynavox products, iPad AAC applications), static devices (e.g. GoTalk devices, switches), Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), and American Sign Language (ASL). She has received training in the PECS model and has extensive experience employing it with individuals of all ages. She also supports a Floortime, play-based approach to working with individuals, particularly those who are on the autism spectrum. Recently, Jules presented at the International YAI Network Conference about iPad AAC applications, where she instructed speech therapists, special educators, and related professionals about the research and features behind specific iPad “apps.” She has previously helped design and conduct group studies with adults with aphasia, Traumatic Brain Injury, Parkinson’s Disease, and Multiple Sclerosis. With adults, she addresses cognition (including memory & attention), expressive language, receptive language, reading, and executive functions and organizational needs. Jules enjoys learning about her clients’ lives and goals in order to plan functional, meaningful activities.

Rachel MS, CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist

RachelAndrew-303Rachel is a licensed speech language pathologist with a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and Certificate of Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD). She earned her Master’s of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. Rachel began her career focusing on children with hearing loss and received a Pediatric Aural Rehabilitation Education (PARE) grant to focus on services for children post cochlear implantation or hearing aid placement. While treating medically fragile infants at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, she decided to specialize in feeding and swallowing intervention. Rachel has extensive experience in evaluating swallow function and is a Registered Modified Barium Swallow Impairment Profile (MBSImP) Clinician. She currently provides home-based intervention for children ages 0-5 with feeding, speech, and language disorders. She has also worked at hospitals, outpatient clinics, and a school for the Deaf. Other areas of expertise include intervention for adults with brain injury or degenerative disease resulting in swallowing, speech, language, cognitive, and voice disorders. She is certified in Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT). Rachel incorporates current evidenced-based practice into therapy sessions while using a collaborative approach when working with individuals and their families.
HOURS: Tuesdays and Thursdays
LOCATIONS: Brooklyn: Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Boerum Hill, Downtown Brooklyn, Park Slope. Manhattan: Lower Manhattan.
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy with caregiver coaching, feeding evaluations, parent consultations.
EXPERTISE: Feeding, swallowing, speech, language, cognition, voice.
AGES: Birth-5 and adult

Heather, M.S. TSSLD, CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist

Photo - Bio HeatherHeather is a NY State licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and certified Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD). She also holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Heather earned her Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology and a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics at New York University. She is trained in PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) and Oral Motor Placement Therapy. Through her work in both private practice and sensory gym settings, she has worked with children from infancy through high school age. She has experience evaluating and treating communication disorders in the areas of receptive/expressive language, literacy, motor-speech, phonology, articulation, auditory processing, fluency, velopharyngeal incompetence (e.g., cleft palate), social skills, and feeding. Additionally, she has performed voice therapy for adults with laryngeal pathologies including nodules and polyps. Heather has incorporated the use of modified American Sign Language and a variety of Augmentative/Alternative Communication devices to facilitate total communication for clients with developmental disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder, PDD-NOS, seizure disorders, and cerebral palsy. While working at a high performing charter school in Harlem, Heather worked with students in grades K-3. Although she treated a variety of speech-language deficits, her focus was on improving reading and writing skills by addressing phonemic awareness, comprehension, vocabulary, and grammar. She works closely with parents as well as other professionals (teachers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, psychologists, etc) in order to facilitate generalization of skills. Every child is unique and Heather believes in creating individualized and engaging treatment plans that incorporate a variety of therapeutic techniques.

Jocelyn, M.A., CCC-SLP, Bilingual Speech Language Pathologist

photo-2Jocelyn is an experienced bilingual speech-language pathologist working at a local Park Slope public school. Here, she has developed a variety of programs, such as a social skills curriculum for Kindergarten and 1st grade. Jocelyn was selected to participate in the ASHA Leadership Development Program, during which time she created and implemented a Response to Intervention program for phonemic awareness, vocabulary development, reading comprehension, and writing in grades K-5. Jocelyn also has been awarded the ACE award for continuing education, and strives to have the most up-to-date information in the field. Areas of interest and expertise include bilingualism, early and school age speech and language development/disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, literacy, executive functioning, pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders, and orofacial disorders (i.e. thumb-sucking and tongue thrusts). She is also Level 1 trained in PROMPT®. Additionally, Jocelyn has experience working with adults who suffer from TMJ disorders, have difficulty chewing or swallowing, or who have a voice disorder. In addition, she offers plans for accent modification. Jocelyn provides both assessment and treatment to children from bilingual/bicultural homes, as well as monolingual homes. Her focus is on multi-sensory programs that build on a child’s individual learning style. Jocelyn works with families to help them better understand their child’s disability and to create a supportive learning environment for their child.
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HOURS: 3:30 PM -7 PM; Monday – Friday
LOCATION: Brooklyn: Kensington, Windsor Terrace, Park Slope, East Flatbush, Ditmas Park, Sunset Park
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, group (2-4 children), parent consultations.
EXPERTISE: Language, specialized literacy remediation, feeding (including medically fragile newborns, infants and toddlers), Spanish/English bilingualism.
AGES: Birth-adults
PAYMENT: Private Pay, Out-of-Network.

 

 

Cari, M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech Language Therapist

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Cari, M.S., CCC-SLP, has been a practicing Speech-Language Pathologist for five years. She is licensed in New York State, and is certified by the national American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech and Hearing Science at The University at Buffalo (SUNY), and a Master of Science Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Hunter College (CUNY). In addition, Cari holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCCs) and Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) certification. Cari is P.R.O.M.P.T. (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) trained, and has experience with “Seeing Stars” and “Visualizing and Verbalizing” language/literacy programs. She has extensive experience working with the pediatric and adolescent populations, and has provided diagnostic and therapeutic services in both the preschool and school age sectors. She specializes in early childhood development/school-age language disorders (speech-language delay, expressive/receptive language disorders, articulation/phonological disorders and pragmatic language impairment). Cari believes in a team approach to intervention and that treating “the whole child” can greatly impact success in speech and language therapy.
Hours- Weekdays: Tuesday & Thursday after 3:30 pm.
Location: Brooklyn (Sheepshead Bay, Manhattan Beach, Midwood, Gravesend, Bensonhurst, Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights)
Type of Services: individual therapy, group therapy, speech and language evaluations, parent consultation/training
Expertise: early childhood development, speech-language delay, receptive/expressive language delay, pragmatic language impairment
Ages: Birth-adolescence

Natallia, M.S. CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist

natalliaNatallia is a New York State licensed Speech-Language Pathologist who holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is certified as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD). She earned her B.A. and M.S. degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from Brooklyn College. Natallia has provided speech and language services in a variety of clinical settings including preschools, specialized elementary/middle/ high schools, inpatient and outpatient speech and language clinics, and a day habilitation program for adults. She has experience in treating and evaluating speech and language functioning in children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders and learning disabilities, articulation and phonological disorders as well as areas of literacy development, reading and auditory comprehension, syntax / grammar organization, social-pragmatic language, and narrative skills. In addition, she has experience treating adults with acquired speech and language deficits resulting from a stroke and helping non-native speakers of English modify their accents. Natallia is trained in the use of augmentative alternative communication (AAC) systems, including picture exchange communication, a variety of manual systems (e.g., communication boards) and static and dynamic display speech generating devices (e.g., GoTalk, Dynavox, AAC apps on iPad). When working with children, she supplements her treatment by using Sounds in Motion, a multisensory intervention program designed to support development of listening, literacy, and articulation skills. Natallia is a fluent native speaker of Russian and an intermediate speaker of Italian. Her multicultural background enhances her sensitivity for others and supports her in meeting the diverse communication needs of people she services. Natallia is enthusiastic about collaborating with other professionals and engaging families to become active participants in the therapy process. She is committed to empowering children and adults with functional and effective communicative strategies to help them reach their greatest potential.

Sarah, MS, CCC-SLP, TSSLD, Bilingual Extension (Spanish), Speech Language Therapist

IMG_1545Sarah Shapiro studied at Washington University in St Louis and Hunter College and graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in English Literature and Spanish from Hunter in 2001. Sarah then went on to study Spanish and teach English in Malaga and Barcelona, Spain. It was there that she learned about second language acquisition and the intricacies of English and Spanish phonology and grammar.
Sarah returned to New York and began her graduate studies in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus where she was a graduate research assistant. Sarah excelled at phonology , adult and child language disorders, and feeding/swallowing disorders. She graduated Cum Laude in 2007. Since graduating from her M.S. program, with a bilingual Speech Certification and a teaching license, Sarah has worked in myriad settings. She worked for 3 years at two sensory gyms (Optimum Care Rehab and Complete Speech) where she learned about sensory processing disorders and how to help regulate children so they can learn better. She also worked in the Traumatic Brain Injury and Stroke unit at Belleview Hospital from 2008-2010 treating adults with acquired traumatic brain injuries, swallowing impairments, voice disorders, and other language disorders. She has been at the Facing History High School, NY since 2010, working with adolescents with expressive/writing deficits and auditory processing/reading impairments. She works with classroom teachers to come up with the best plan to benefit the students and forge independent learning. All the while, Sarah has maintained a separate caseload of English and Spanish speaking children, age birth-7, either seen through an agency or privately, who have swallowing/feeding, language, cognitive, neurological (autism spectrum disorder) and articulation deficits (apraxia, phonological disorders).
Sarah’s training includes but is not limited to voice disorders (Lee Silverman Voice Training), articulation deficits, feeding and swallowing, reading (Lively Letters, Sounds in Motion), literacy, apraxia of speech, and auditory processing disorders.

Hours: Available weekday afternoons, after 3pm
Location: Manhattan: Columbus Circle, Hell’s Kitchen, Penn Station, Chelsea, West Village, Soho, TriBeCa, and Battery Park. Brooklyn: Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, and Carroll Gardens
Type of Services: Individual therapy, group (2-3 children), speech-language evaluations, parent consultation.
Expertise: Expressive and receptive language delays and disorders, autism spectrum disorders, cognitive disorders, literacy and reading
AGES: Birth – adolescence (high school)
PAYMENT: Private Pay, Out-Of-Network

Christine, M.S. CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist

p12104ta105008_5_0 - CopyChristine is a state and nationally certified speech language pathologist. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), and she is certified as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD). Christine earned her M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York and her B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz. She has conducted research on the positive effects of mindfulness meditation on therapy efficacy; and employs a mind-body approach when treating the whole child. Additionally, Christine has pursued post-graduate education in training parents of children with language delays. She recognizes the importance of involving parents in their child’s early language intervention, and enjoys empowering caregivers through teaching practical and powerful language facilitation strategies to help children communicate during every day routines. Christine is an advocate for early identification and treatment of speech and language delays, because she knows this fosters later social and academic success! Christine provides both assessment and treatment for children with autism spectrum disorders, as well as children exhibiting developmental delays and various other communication disorders (i.e., expressive and receptive language delays, pragmatic language delays, and speech/phonological delays). Christine leads the workshop It Takes Two to Talk – The Hanen Program® for parents of children with language delays in Brooklyn and Manhattan. She has worked in a variety of settings including home and community based, preschool, elementary, middle and high schools, and private practice clinics. Christine has worked in general education, special education and integrated schools; and incorporates curriculum related material into therapy sessions. She enjoys working with families to provide evidence-based practice in a supportive learning environment which targets each individual child’s learning style. She believes this collaboration is the key to generalization of skills learned within therapy.

Natalie M.A., CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist

Natalie is a Brooklyn-based speech-language pathologist who received her M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from New York University and her B.A. from Columbia University. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCCs) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), her New York State Speech-Language Pathology license, and her certificate as a Teacher of Speech and Language Disabilities (TSLD). During her years at the Rebecca School, as well as in her private practice in South Slope, Natalie has worked with young children and adolescents with mild to severe Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD-NOS), Developmental Apraxia of Speech (DAS/CAS), Fragile X Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Prader-Willi Syndrome, Angelman Syndrome, and other global developmental delays. Through her work at pediatric private practices and sensory gyms, Natalie continues to specialize in addressing language and articulation delays, phonological disorders, social/pragmatic deficits, auditory processing disorders, apraxia, and oral-motor difficulties. Natalie is trained in PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) technique, the Kaufman approach, DIR-Floortime, and oral-motor therapy techniques. She also has experience treating pediatric feeding disorders using a language- and sensory-based approach. Additionally, Natalie has developed and programmed alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) systems and devices for many of the students on her caseload. She has extensive experience supporting children as they develop early literacy skills and phonemic awareness, and is trained in the Wilson Fundations Language Basics program. Natalie has a long history working with children prior to becoming a speech-language pathologist, as an assistant kindergarten teacher, classroom assistant, and one-to-one aide in various schools and recreational programs in the Westchester-Manhattan area, including the NYC and Ardsley public schools, Learning Spring Elementary, and the Parkside School. On a personal note, Natalie grew up with a wonderful younger brother with autism. Thus, she is very aware of the unique challenges and rewards of having a family member with special needs, and is well-versed in much of the current news and research in the field. Natalie is passionate about combining evidence-based practice, creative play, and engaging activities to foster growth, and about working with children and families together to achieve speech and language goals.


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