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.
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