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What is Speech Language Therapy?

New Jersey speech language therapy offers assessment and treatment of communication problems and speech disorders. It is performed by speech-language pathologists (SLPs), which are often referred to as speech and language therapists.

Speech therapy techniques are used to improve communication. New Jersey licensed speech language therapists treat articulation therapy, expressive and receptive language intervention activities, and feeding therapy.

Speech therapy is needed for speech disorders that develop in childhood or speech impairments in adults. Some speech pathologies are due to injury or illness, such as stroke or brain injury.

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What Causes Speech Sound Disorders (SSDs)?

Speech sound disorders are most common when children learn speech sounds and cannot produce the correct speech production sounds on their own. Most of the time, we do not know what causes speech sound disorders. Speech production is simply something we take for granted. However, most of the children we work with cannot master certain sounds independently, so they need a boost in correctly enunciating these sounds by speech language therapists.

Possible speech sound disorders that affect children include:

  • Autism and other developmental disorders;
  • Genetic syndromes, such as Down syndrome;
  • Hearing loss (from ear infections or other causes); and,
  • Brain damage caused by injuries or conditions like cerebral palsy.
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What are the Most Common Speech Sound Disorders and Treatments?

Articulation Disorder – This affects children’s speech at the phonetic and motoric levels, which means they have trouble saying individual speech sounds, e.g., consonants and vowels. For example, when a child cannot produce the /l/ sound, when he or she should be able to produce it based on the chronological and linguistic ages, and does not show a systematic error pattern (see below for phonological disorder), one can then assume that it is an articulation disorder.

Phonological Disorder – This disorder occurs at the phonemic/linguistic/cognitive levels (a level higher than the phonetic/motoric aspects of speech production). Children with a phonological disorder show systematic patterns with their speech production errors, e.g. consistently delete /m/ in initial sounds, by saying “at” for “mat” or “ad” for “mad” for CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words, when the age error is unexpected for the child’s chronological and linguistic ages.

Other symptoms of a speech disorder are dysarthria and apraxia, which are significantly more uncommon speech sound disorders than articulation and phonological disorders.

WARNING:

Despite being uncommon in children, many speech pathologists misdiagnose children’s speech production errors due to the lack of understanding between phonology, morphology/syntax, and speech production skills. Many speech pathologists focus only on the motoric aspects of speech production. This divide in the field of speech-language pathology is because there is variability in training at the Masters and Post-Masters Degree levels. Likewise, there is growing pressure placed on pediatric speech therapy, particularly private speech and language therapists near me, to use commercialized products that are not backed up by research. Many parents ask for these commercialized programs because they have been told to do so.

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What Happens During Speech Therapy in Your NJ Home?

Private speech and language therapy usually begins with an assessment by an SLP who will identify the type of communication disorder and the best way to evaluate and treat it.

Speech Language Pathologist for children

For your child, speech therapy may be in a classroom, small group, or one-on-one, depending on the speech disorder. In addition, Speech therapy exercises and activities vary depending on your child’s condition, age, and needs. During speech therapy for kids, the SLP:

  • Interacts through talking and playing, and using books, pictures other objects as part of language intervention to help stimulate language development
  • Model correct sounds and syllables for a child during age-appropriate play to teach the child how to make certain sounds.
  • Provide strategies and homework for the child and parent or caregiver for how to do speech therapy at home

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Speech Therapy for Adults

Speech therapy exercises at home for adults also begin with assessments to determine your needs and the best treatment. Speech therapy exercises for adults can help you with speech, language, and cognitive communication.

Practices may involve:

  • Problem solving, memory, and organization, and other activities geared at improving cognitive communication
  • Conversational tactics to strengthen social communication
  • Breathing workout for resonance
  • Exercises to strengthen oral muscles

There are many resources available if you’re looking to try speech therapy exercises at home, including:

  • Speech therapy apps
  • Language development games and toys, such as flip cards and flashcards workbooks

For swallowing disorders, therapy may also include retraining of swallowing function due to an injury or medical condition.

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How Do You Deal With Expressive Language Disorder?

Once a diagnosis is made, the SLP will conduct further analysis and observations before creating an individualized program. However, it is important to remember that therapy will not offer a permanent “cure” for the disorder. Instead, SLPs can equip children with strategies and techniques to help them manage their condition.

Therapy methods can vary, depending on the therapist and the child’s needs. Modeling target behavior is one technique where the speech language therapist models and reinforces aspects of speech that need to be targeted, such as sounds, vocabulary, and grammatical structure.

Some areas that SLP therapy includes:

  • Enhancing phonological awareness
  • Improving understanding and depth of vocabulary
  • Understanding figurative language and ambiguities (words with multiple meanings, ambiguous sentence structures)
  • Paraphrasing information and comprehension
  • Using more advanced morphology (prefixes, suffixes)
  • Formulating more complex sentence structures
  • Judging and correcting grammar and morphological errors.
  • Using language to convey politeness, persuasion, and clarification
  • Increasing knowledge and skills on a discourse level
  • Making contributions to discussions and repairing conversational breakdowns
  • Learning what and what not to say and when and when not to talk
  • Narrative intervention
  • Looking at expository discourse across the grade levels
Last But Not The Least

Speech therapy service can treat a broad range of speech and language delays and disorders in children and adults. With the proper intervention, New Jersey speech language therapy can improve communication and boost self-confidence.

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Rachel
M.S., CCC-SLP, TSSLD, QOM

Rachel C. is a New York and New Jersey licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. She received her B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The Pennsylvania State University and her M.S in Speech-Language Pathology from Syracuse University. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in Speech-Language Pathology and is a member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). Rachel holds a Certificate for Teaching Students with Speech-Language Disabilities (TSSLD) from the New York State Department of Education and is a Qualified Orofacial Myologist (QOM). In addition, Rachel is PROMPT trained and certified in Lee-Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT-LOUD). She recently attended the Talk Tools Feeding First 2021 Conference and has completed Diane Bahr’s course in Treatment for Feeding, Speech, and Mouth Functions in Pediatrics.

Rachel’s background covers a wide range of experience working with various levels of disabilities in the pediatric, young adult, and adult populations. She has extensive experience in Feeding and Swallowing Disorders (pre-feeding skills, sensory-based feeding/picky eaters, and general dysphagia), Oral Motor Therapy, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), Traumatic Brain Injury, Neurogenic Communication Disorders, Articulation and Phonological Disorders, Apraxia, Fluency, Aphasia, and Receptive/Expressive Language Delays. Rachel has worked in a variety of clinical settings including private schools for students with traumatic brain injuries/brain-based disorders, inpatient acute care hospitals, neonatal intensive care units (NICU), and outpatient clinical settings. Rachel provides training and consultations to parents and caregivers on feeding, communication, and AAC strategies to help skills carry over into her clients’ everyday lives.

Rachel believes in the benefits of a dynamic assessment and treatment approach that incorporates family values and evidence-based practice. She enjoys working with clients of all ages and their families for a team-based approach to success. She is a strong believer that everyone deserves a voice and strives to create a positive and fun therapy atmosphere. In her free time, Rachel loves exercising on the Peloton, traveling, and exploring new restaurants in the NJ and NY area!

Rachel has experience working with nonverbal students, late talkers, and students with pre and emergent literacy skills in expressing their everyday wants and needs. Rachel works closely with parents/caretakers on creating a rich communication environment and robust support system in the home to help expand her client’s overall expressive and core vocabulary repertoire. She also has experience with phonological awareness, pragmatic/social communication, and reading comprehension skills.

LOCATION: New Jersey (Weehawken, Hoboken, Jersey City, Edgewater- Hudson County), Teletherapy (REMOTE), Manhattan, NY
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, group (2-3 children), speech-language evaluations, parent consultation, caregiver and teacher training/coaching
EXPERTISE: Feeding and Swallowing Disorders (dysphagia), Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), Orofacial Myology, Expressive and Receptive Language Delays
AGES: Birth to Adult

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Michelle L.
M.S. CCC-SLP

As a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist, Michelle has a variety of clinical experiences helping children, adolescents, and young adults. Michelle received her undergraduate degree at the University of Delaware in cognitive science with a concentration in speech-language pathology, and her graduate degree is in speech and language pathology from Hunter College. She is level one PROMPT-trained. Additionally, Michelle is completing her final year in New York Law School’s part-time evening program to obtain her Juris Doctor degree. She intends to participate in the field of special education law alongside her work as a speech-language pathologist.

Her professional experiences include working at a preschool for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, working at a variety of sensory gyms in Manhattan with children ages 2-9, leading social groups to facilitate pragmatic language skill development, and providing home and clinic-based early intervention sessions. For the past two years, Michelle has worked with several young adults diagnosed with Autism in a clinical setting providing transitional services, with a focus on job-related skills, and language skills within activities of daily living to foster these students ability to participate in society independently.

Michelle has worked with children, including those under three years of age, on the autism spectrum, children with auditory processing delays, pragmatic language delays, attention deficit disorder, literacy delays, delayed executive functioning skills, and general receptive/expressive language delays. Michelle has experience facilitating writing skills (organizational skills, proofreading skills, idea expansion), and reading comprehension skills (vocabulary, inferencing, sequencing). Michelle has also provided home-based speech therapy for several adolescents focusing primarily on reading comprehension skills, and organizational skills in writing.

LOCATION: BERGEN COUNTY (Allendale, Alpine, Bergenfield, Bogota, Carlstadt, Cliffside Park, Closter, Cresskill, Demarest, Dumont, East Rutherford, Edgewater, Elmwood Park, Emerson, Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, Fair Lawn, Fairview, Fort Lee, Franklin Lakes, Garfield, Glen Rock, Hackensack, Harrington Park, Hasbrouck Heights, Haworth, Hillsdale, Ho-Ho-Kus, Leonia, Little Ferry, Lodi, Maywood, Midland Park, Montvale, Moonachie, New Milford, North Arlington, Northvale, Norwood, Oakland, Old Tappan, Oradell, Palisades Park, Paramus, Park Ridge, Ramsey, Ridgefield, Ridgefield Park, Ridgewood, River Edge, Rockleigh, Rutherford, Saddle River, Tenafly, Teterboro, Upper Saddle River, Waldwick, Wallington, Westwood, Woodcliff Lake, Wood-Ridge,Hillsdale, Wood Cliff LakeHudson
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: Infant through 21 years

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Torrie
M.S. CCC-SLP

University in Speech-Language Pathology and M.S. in Communication Disorders from University of Texas at Dallas. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in Speech-Language Pathology and is a member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). Torrie holds her NY Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) and New Jersey Standard Speech Language Specialist Certification.

Torrie has worked in a variety of clinical settings including schools, private practice and Early Intervention. She has experience providing Speech Language Therapy with the birth-3 population providing Early Intervention in a child’s home, preschool aged students in schools and in their homes/daycare centers, and elementary and middle school aged children in public schools. She has been providing Speech and Language therapy in NYC public schools for the last 10 years for the NYC Department of Education. She has worked with a wide variety of school age students with articulation and phonological disorders, expressive and receptive language disorders, pragmatic language, social skills groups, social stories, verbal and written narrative skills and students with ADHD and Autism.

Torrie has worked in the Houston, Los Angeles and NYC school districts with PreK – 5th graders from diverse backgrounds and cultures. She has worked with many children who are multilingual, English as a Second Language (ESL) or are English Language Learners (ELL).

Torrie focuses on making Speech and Language therapy not only functional for the child but also fun and engaging! She feels strongly about incorporating a child’s family into the therapy sessions and ensuring the family is well informed with progress, therapy techniques and strategies every step of the way. Open communication with families is of utmost importance to Torrie.

Location: Northern New Jersey
Expertise: Articulation and Phonology Disorders, Expressive and Receptive language disorders, Autism, Social/Pragmatics, Fluency, Narrative Skills, Reading Comprehension
Ages: Birth-3, PreK, Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle School

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